Vision 2020: Supporting St. John's Mission Together
In our second year of the Vision 2020 Stewardship Appeal, we hope to attract wider and deeper participation from all our parishioners. Last year was an excellent start. We reached 85% of our two-year goal of increased pledging, the foundation of a healthy parish, but we need more families to participate. Your pledge allows us to rely on a steady income stream, so we can go about our work with confidence and ensure the stability of our endowment. If you have never given an annual pledge to the church, please prayerfully consider it.
Our Stewardship Campaign is “church speak” for contributing to the St. John's Annual Fund. The Vision 2020 Appeal for annual pledging supports everything we do together, our collective mission and ministry: the programs, services, and activities we all cherish.
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What is Vision 2020?
Last year, we initiated a new approach to reach a two-year goal of increasing pledged income. Traditionally, October is Stewardship Month, and this is when we launch the annual appeal so we may raise funds for the upcoming fiscal year. Pledges raised during Stewardship Month will help to fuel operations in 2020 which will allow our parish leadership team to manage the budget responsibly and support all our activities, programs and services sufficiently.
What do you mean when you say, “make a pledge?”
A pledge is a declaration of intent to donate a specific amount of money over a certain period. It’s not legally binding, but it is an important notification to the church of your intended annual financial commitment. It is any amount that is comfortable for you to commit during the calendar year.
Is pledging just another word for tithing?
Not exactly. Tithing originates from the Old Testament with Israelites giving 10 % of their crops and livestock to the temple. Some churches translate that to mean 10% of one's annual income. However, St. John's advocates for “proportional giving,” which means offering whatever you are comfortable donating in proportion to all you have been given. We ask you to consider all you have been given - your friendships, your family, your talent - and offer an expression of thanks to God and to St. John’s in proportion to the gifts you receive.
How can I pay my pledge?
It's easy! Fill out a pledge card and drop the envelope in the collection plate or mail it to the office. You can even pledge online through our website by visiting www.stjcsh/pledge. You may also contact Billy Wresch at [email protected]
Is it possible to pay my pledge with stock or securities?
Make a pledge to support our work here:
Submit my pledge.
Here are instructions on how to use REALM, our online platform.
What is the significance of December 31?
St. John's operates on a January 1 to December 31 fiscal year. Our budget needs to be balanced by fiscal year’s end; therefore, all pledges need to be paid in full by then.