Stewards of St. John's
Behind The Scenes Stewardship
From generation to generation, for over 150 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.
Buildings and Grounds
This committee meets when any significant building or physical resource question is raised by circumstance or congregation member. Our committee will address what may need repair or replacement and the chairperson is responsible for contacting the church sexton or a contractor. Recent projects of significant scope have included flood damage remediation and drainage system improvements; a redesign St. John's cloister garden; brick work & roof repairs; and pew alterations to facilitate wheel chair access and inclusion.
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.
Our Finance Cte is comprised of members with backgrounds in accounting, finance, investments, management, &/or insurance. Recent committee work includes annual and narrative budgets; development of recommendations for endowment draws, completion of an investment manager's policy with investment guidelines; and regular meetings with our investment firm representative to review performance.
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.
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.