My dear parish family,

When we chose “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign, none of us could have known what this year would be like. While the coronavirus pandemic may have tested us in many ways, it has not diminished our faith. Today we in St. John’s are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than ever before.

We are a vibrant congregation even during this time of digital worship, formation, and fellowship. We will continue to be vibrant, standing as a shining beacon of God’s love in the world as we move toward the time when we will be together physically once again. Even in the face of the pandemic, our ministries continue, thanks to your support financially and in so many other ways.

In my first stewardship letter to you as your Rector I said, “We know that God loves us how we are and where we are, but God does not want us to stay where we are. God wants us to grow in our faith and in our love for him.” This will be my last stewardship campaign as your Rector, and I am saying this to you once again. We have grown together as the body of Christ in our faith and in our love for Jesus since I wrote that letter. As St. John’s Church prepares for a new chapter in her life, I know this spirit-filled growth in faith and love will continue.

I have witnessed the countless ways you have used your resources for the mission of the Church, not just this year but over the past two decades. Your faith-filled generosity has been nothing short of an inspiration to me. Your faith and the generosity that have flowed from it have made possible the revitalization of our ministries to children and youth, our ministries that care for each other and those in need in the community and the world, and our ministries that bring our community in Christ closer together. I think we all realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

I am especially grateful to Kim O’Brien and Kevin Kellar for serving as our stewardship co-chairs this year. They will be sending you a packet with an appeal that you continue your faith-filled generosity along with a pledge card. I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from that which God has given. If you wish to give online, please click here.

Yours in the spirit of generosity and love,

The Rev. Charles E. Connelly