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  STEWARDSHIP                                                                                                       

Stewardship is a way of living in grateful recognition of the abundance that God provides each of us.  As responsible stewards, we pray for guidance in making wise use of our gifts. We express our deep thanks for the blessings in our lives by sharing our time, talent and treasure.  The Biblical practice of “tithing”  — giving back one-tenth of our earnings to God — serves as a foundation for considering our stewardship commitments, setting out both a goal to which we aspire, as well as establishing for us the concept of “proportional giving”.  In the Episcopal tradition, stewardship is about more than simply contributing money to the church. It also includes contributing time and talent to the church’s ministry, and “reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity”.

 

Download a 2017 Stewardship Pledge form.

Dowload the 2017 Stewardship Letter.

Download Fr. Daniel's Stewardship Article from the October 2016 The Beloved Disciple.

 

FAQs

WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?

Stewardship is a way of living in grateful recognition of the abundance with which God blesses each of us.  As responsible stewards, we pray for guidance in making wise use of our gifts. We express our deep thanks for the blessings in our lives by sharing our time, talent and treasure in the faith community where God’s abundance is manifested to the world by name.  In the Episcopal tradition, stewardship is about more than simply contributing money to the church. It also includes committing our time and talents to the church’s ministry, and “reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity”.  (www.library.episcopalchurch.org/office/stewardship)

HOW DOES MY GIVING IMPACT ST. JOHN’S?

Your personal stewardship is what makes the ministry of St. John’s possible.  As a parish with minimal professional staff, we rely on the voluntary efforts of our committed and talented members for everything from office reception and managing our real property, to children’s and adults’ religious education and planning and leading worship.  Our monetary contributions to the church account for over 70% of the church’s operating income.  This share must only increase as we enter our third year of financial independence from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California.  Growth in contributions income is what will enable us to eliminate our operating deficit, and reallocate income from our endowment toward maintenance of our historic church and development of our mission. Growth in our commitment of time, talent, and treasure, along with spiritual renewal and embracing of new members, is how we nourish all that God is making possible for us as a community of faith. 

WHAT IS ASKED OF ME?

The heart of our Stewardship request is that you allow yourself some time, on a regular basis, to give thanks for God’s blessings in your life.  It is in that spirit of thanksgiving that we further encourage you, if you have not done so recently, to give prayerful consideration to the value of belonging to St. John’s in nurturing your awareness of those blessings.  Finally, we invite you to respond with a commitment of time, talent and treasure that feels proportionate to that value.   We recognize that you will need to account for the other values and commitments that make up your particular pattern of a generous and consecrated life, as well as what you find at church alone.  You may find that committing a specific proportion of your income is a helpful way to gauge both what is realistic and what is aspirational in your financial commitment to St. John’s.  Our faith is that if each of us gives time, talent, and treasure in proportion to what we have received, all of us together will give enough to sustain and grow our parish.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

  •  Ask A Member of the Stewardship Committee

Father Daniel Green, Joanna Butler, Clif Hill, Kevin Jones, Rebecca Smith, Victoria Temple

  • Online Information

‚ÄčThe Episcopal Church:  http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/stewardship

St. John’s Episcopal Church:  http://www.saintjohnsepiscopalpetaluma.org/stewardship

 

 

 

 

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