Giving in Gratitude 2018 Stewardship Appeal
During the Giving In Gratitude appeal, we have heard from fellow members who have shared what St. John's means to them.
Click on the links below to read talks from:
A Letter from the Senior Pastor
November 6, 2017
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (I Chronicles 16:34)
Giving in Gratitude is a way to say thank you. Your generosity has touched thousands of lives for Christ through St. John’s. Your impact for the gospel is felt across our community and the whole world!
Our ministries have remained strong despite the loss of some members and contributors during this past year. We are committed to being faithful and responsible stewards.
We also boldly move forward, keeping our ministries strong and opening our doors to all. For 2018, an increase of $162,000 is needed to maintain the ministries that touch lives for Christ. To encourage more people to make a commitment, several generous members have offered challenge gifts totaling $15,500 when 425 pledge cards have been returned!
Here’s how you can make a difference:
- Give thanks for how God has blessed you. Count your blessings! Live with an attitude of gratitude every day.
- Pray and consider sharing some of God’s blessings in gratitude for all of God’s blessings.
- We trust that God is at work in our lives helping us grow in our faith and generosity. Complete the enclosed commitment card for 2018. No gift is too large or too small. Consider increasing your giving by 1% of your income (see the Guide to Growth Giving on the back of the card). We ask everyone to make a commitment so we can plan and budget for our ministries. Financial commitments are intentions to give, not legal obligations.
- Return your card at worship on Commitment Weekend, November 18/19, (or return it to the church office). Help us receive the $15,500 challenge gift for 425 pledge cards returned! You may also make your pledge online.
- Celebrate the results at worship on November 25/26. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:2-3)
We are blessed in so many ways. Thank you for your generosity.
Reverend Lanny Westphal
Interim Senior Pastor
A Letter from the 2018 Appeal Chair
September 25, 2017
There is so much to be grateful for at St. John’s Lutheran Church! Even as we move through a period of transition, we are able to provide valuable ministries to members and friends of the church and to our neighbors in the community and around the world. This is a testament to the truth that the church is more than a building, more than a staff, and more than a place for weekly meetings. St. John’s is instead a community of believers who willingly volunteer to be the hands and feet of Christ.
As we begin our Giving In Gratitude fall stewardship appeal, we see that volunteer involvement is what makes St. John’s the church it is. Youth programs, life-giving worship, adult study opportunities, prayer groups, BeFrienders visits, and family dinner gatherings—none of our busy church calendar would be possible without our volunteers. So many of you are willing to share the gifts that God has given us—gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
As I think of the phrase Giving In Gratitude, I think of a pair of hands open in gratitude to receive God’s blessings and then give them away. This month we are beginning a church-wide appeal challenging us to continue our support, and even increase it, by raising our financial commitment to the church. We are asking all to pray and consider increasing your giving by one percent of your income. A giving chart is available from the link below. We hope this will aid you in your decision process.
Giving requires that we change ourselves and examine the priorities in our lives. We wrestle with our instincts to keep what we have and struggle with our fear of losing something when we give it away. Yet, the results are as significant as the struggle; we become better people—more generous, less fearful, more loving, more faith-filled.
You may receive a call from one of the appeal leaders to be involved in the process. We ask that you say “yes” when called.
Our focus is on the future and what God calls us to do next! We are called to give because our hearts tell us that is what we need to do. It feels good and it feels right. We are making a difference in the lives of others and therefore, our own.
David Urewicz, Appeal Chair