Help Fill the Net !

St. John's 2018 Pledge Campaign

 

 

 Our goal: Raise $900,000 in pledges by Dec. 31, 2017

Message From Our Captain

FishIn our church, people sit in pews in an area called the nave. The word “nave” comes from the Latin word for ship, and so it is no mistake that—if you look up—the ceiling of our nave looks like the underside of a ship.

Our church as a boat is an apt metaphor because we are not static but are rather on the move: on a mission, and on a journey together.

Our church is also an ark carrying new life and hope to a world deluged by pain.

Our church is a place where we follow Jesus’ instructions to fish for people: we cast our nets and draw people to our Lord.

St John’s is a church where the Holy Spirit is alive and active, drawing people to come and be fed so that they might in turn feed others. Our church offers a veritable banquet of spiritual food: beautiful music and sacraments that nourish and form our souls; pastoral care that is spiritual comfort food when we’re in distress; sermons, classes, and learning groups that give us food for thought; contemplative worship and prayer groups that refuel our hungry hearts.

Few faith communities are blessed with such an abundance of energy, talent, and passion for the ministry of Christ. The Spirit has gifted us richly: fish are schooling around our net! Our task is to fill that net so that we might be fed, and so that we might feed others in Christ’s name.

It takes many hands to fill a net with fish; many hands to prepare the catch; many hands to help feed a community. The more hands there are to help, the more fish we can catch, and the more people we can feed. This is the season in our church year when we seek to raise the money needed to fill the net so that we can continue to feed and be fed.

For the part you will play in this, thank you. For the holy work you will make possible, God bless you.

 

The Rev. Susan W. Springer, Rector


Click on any of the topics below to expand it and show additional detail.

+ Many Hands Make Light Work +

This old proverb was recorded in 15th century England. Whether it’s filling or hauling in a net full of fish, or harvesting crops or raising the walls of a barn, there are tasks which are near impossible if only done by a few, but quite easy if done by many. 

God has surrounded us with an abundance of resources. Our net can overflow, allowing us to feed our faith community and the world around us.

The task before us is to haul the net by raising $900,000 for our 2018 operating budget.

As we call for all to participate in our pledge campaign, we ask that you:

  • make giving to St John’s the top priority in your charitable giving
  • ask God to help you grow in giving by pledging or giving more than last year
  • endeavor to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly if possible in order to assure a steady cash flow for the church
  • endeavor to meet or exceed a minimum goal for giving: either 5% of your gross salary or the national average pledge of $2,626

+ Casting the Net: Mission Initiatives for 2018 +

  • Grow the Saturday Night Holy Eucharist: Acoustic Prayers for Evening
  • Host book study and discussions on spiritual journey as a way to deepen faith and build community
  • Begin neighborhood family ministry of worship, fellowship, and acts of service
  • Continue growing middle school and teen ministry, joining with other Boulder Episcopal churches, and increase involvement in diocesan camp [Cathedral Ridge]
  • Develop Syrian Refugee Ministry
  • Grow our partnership with Whittier Elementary
  • Fund roof repair, building security, Chapel bathrooms remodel
  • Provide for staff and clergy COLA raises

+ How to Pledge +

Pray First ...

Gracious God, you are the giver of all that I have and all that I am. I lack for so little and yet yearn for so much. Continue to teach me to trust in your goodness, that you will provide all I need. Help me to share what I have. Inspire me to give freely and generously to your work in my church. Amen.

Then Pledge…

Fill out a pledge card. We’ll make them available by US Mail, email, on our website, and in the pew racks in church. Complete one and place it in the offering plate or email it or US mail it to our Parish Administrator Diane Wells. You can also fill out a pledge card on our website. (Click here ). Our secure site will convey your electronic pledge card to us.

Then Pay.

Pay manually by check, cash, or credit card. Or, set up secure automatic payments thru our affiliation with PushPay. You can arrange for a recurring charge to your credit card or a recurring deduction from your checking account. Using PushPay is easy; it’s the way our busy clergy make their monthly pledge payments to our church. To set up PushPay payments click on the link below. Be sure to tell us if you wish to pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, or on some other schedule. Please also let us know (by checking the box on your pledge card) if you wish to receive information about remembering St John’s in your will with a legacy gift.

+ The Good Work You Support: “If you love me then feed my people,” said Jesus +

Feeding Souls

  • Five weekly services of Holy Eucharist
  • Acoustic Prayers for Evening (Sat. night)
  • Choral Compline
  • Solas Celtic service
  • Contemplative Evensong
  • Choir, Choristers, Verger’s Guild, Usher Guild, Lectors & Intercessors, Acolyte Guild
  • Coffee Hour, Newcomers’ Ministry

Feeding the Community

  • BHWI—empowering homeless women
  • Community Table and Common Cathedral
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Pastoral Care ministries
  • Funerals, grief support, and Caregiver Support Group
  • Healing Prayer Team at Sunday worship
  • Many community groups using our facilities
  • Whittier Elementary partnership: Reading Camp, Children’s Book Drive, Tutoring

Food For Thought

  • St John’s Intentional Community
  • Christian formation for ages 3 to 103
  • Centering Prayer ministries
  • Listening for the Holy Spirit discernment ministry
  • Daughters of the King prayer ministry
  • Bible study groups; EfM; Foyer Dinner Groups

Feeding the World

  • Solar Panel Array on our campus
  • Gun Violence Prevention Ministry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Colorado Haiti Project
  • Outreach Partners (with whom we share a portion of the loose plate offering)
  • Church campus as historic community icon

+ Giving is Part of Worshipping +

There are many ways to worship God. Simply by showing up on Sunday mornings we are offering ourselves — our bodies, hearts, and minds — to God to use, inspire, and transform as he deems best.

We worship God by lifting our voices together in song. We worship God by praying in community as one body, either silently or aloud. We worship God by hearing and pondering his word proclaimed in Scripture and illumined in a sermon. We worship God by reaffirming our faith through reciting the Nicene Creed, and by confessing our sins and receiving absolution. We worship God by sharing the peace of Christ with one another and by partaking of the sacrament of Communion together.

We may not think of putting money or a check in the offering plate as an act of worship. We may not think of texting a donation via a smartphone app or setting up an auto-pay deduction as acts of worshiping God but they most certainly are.

In that spirit then, throughout this campaign (Oct. 1, 2017 through late Nov.) we’ll let you (and God) know each Sunday during the worship service (at the Offertory) how we are doing at filling the net with fish.

God delights in our generous and joyful sharing of our blessedness. God is honored when we pay tribute to him by giving.

+ How Your Money is Spent: Overview +

At St John’s every dollar goes to further the mission of our church, and we know where every dollar goes. Our Treasurer, Finance Committee, vestry, and staff track expenses monthly. Staff-persons submit detailed budget requests each fall and from those the budget for the coming year is built.

Copies of our financial statements are available on request.

Below is an overview of how each dollar you give is spent.

$0.27      clergy leadership: worship, teaching, pastoral care, administration
$0.15       children and youth: staff and supplies
$0.14       office and administrative staff: staff and supplies
$0.14       building and grounds: staff and supplies
$0.13       outreach
$0.09      music: staff and programming  
$0.08      parish life, ministries, fellowship and pastoral care

+ Remember St. John's in Your Will +

What can I do to leave a legacy to St. John’s?

Regardless of the size of the gift, you can leave a legacy to St. John’s by designating a portion of your assets to go to our parish when you pass away. These gifts ensure the continued vitality of ministry at St. John’s and are a final witness of faith.

How to I make this final witness of faith in support of St. John’s?

By including St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, CO in any planned gifts listed on the Legacy Form .

How do I modify a will or other instrument for this purpose?

Contact your attorney, financial advisor, or insurance provider. Often, remembering St. John’s with a legacy gift is as easy as adding a codicil to your will or listing St. John/s Episcopal Church, Boulder, CO as a beneficiary.

If I have already remembered St. John’s with a legacy gift, what should I do?

You do not have to do anything. However, our Rector, the Rev. Susan Springer or Fr. Ted Howard would appreciate being notified that you have done so by filling out the Legacy Form and returning it to the Church Office. You do not have to specify the amount of the remembrance.

What if my financial circumstances change?

Remember, it is the act of leaving a last gift to your faith community that is significant, not the amount. Please know that you can update your gift, at anytime, to better align with your circumstances and your wishes.

What if I have questions about how to designate my legacy gift?

Please feel free to contact either Pastor Susan or Fr. Ted at 303-442-5246 to set up an appointment to discuss your wishes for your legacy gift.


Click here to fill out an online pledge card.

Click here to set up autopay using a credit or debit card.