Stewards of St. John's
Behind The Scenes Stewardship
From generation to generation, for over 140 years, the people of St. John’s Episcopal have faithfully taken care of our community and resources. Much of what we enjoy today - in everything from worship to outreach opportunities to parish programming and more - has been provided by the foresight and commitment of St. John’s families past and present. Whether the commitment is financial or physical, intellectual or emotional, St. John’s greatly appreciates all contributions and all who support and serve.
Contributions of all types may be made in any of our ministries, detailed on other pages of our website. Below, we recognize many of our ‘behind the scenes’ service roles and encourage involvement in any areas that speak to your gifts and to which God may be calling you.
Volunteers are trained to receive incoming calls and office visitors, particularly those seeking assistance from St. John’s SAMS pantry and our Samaritan Fund. As end of the week nears, there are Sunday bulletins to prepare. Volunteers also assist with opening and securing church access points.
There are great stories and important information to share at St. John’s – both among members and from our church out to the wider community. We have numerous channels to distribute that content, from our monthly newsletter to our website, social media to our Sunday bulletin and more. Producing quality content – text, photos, graphics, audio and video – takes time and talent. Whether it’s finding, writing, illustrating or sharing St. John’s stories, we appreciate creativity and communications know-how.
Buildings and Grounds
This committee meets when any significant building or physical resource question is raised by anyone in the congregation. Our committee will address what needs repair or replacement and the chairperson is responsible for contacting the church sexton or a contractor. Recent projects have included plans to redesign St. John's cloister garden, brick work, roof repairs and pew alterations to facilitate wheel chair access and inclusion.
Finance & Administration
While the F&A committee is no longer active, those willing to lend their training/experience in one or more of the following areas is appreciated: accounting, finance, investments, management, or insurance. Past committee work included recommendation to the Vestry for a new investment advisor for the endowment funds and a new software program for St. John’s accounting, and recommendation to monitor the performance of the investment advisor used to manage St. John’s endowment funds.
The responsible management and care for God's many gifts to us happens year-round. Every fall, however, as we enter a new liturgical year, we devote time to intentional and prayerful consideration of the needs of our congregation and call and our response to those needs and that call. Our stewardship committee organizes St. John’s Fall Commitment Program, meeting more regularly in early fall (usually about an hour following Sunday worship). They aim to explore different ways to challenge our congregation to share and offer resources of time, talents and treasures. Their stewardship efforts help remind us that everything we are and everything we have are God's free gift to us, and that we have a responsibility to use those gifts to give glory to God and to spread God's love to all people.