With LOVE all things are Possible.

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St. John's 2019 Pledge Campaign

 Our goal: Raise $900,000 in pledges

St. John's has been richly blessed by God: our members love being part of this faith community; visitors love the music and the preaching; people of all ages love the new friends they make here, and the opportunities we offer for praying and learning and serving others. Clergy and lay staff who work here love what they do and consider themselves fortunate to do that work among people they love.

We love the liturgies and traditions of the Episcopal Church, the open-hearted welcome to Communion, the light-hearted times we spend together, and the whole-hearted way so many of us engage with Scripture, theology, our baptismal covenant, and the contemplative spiritual practices.

1 John 4:19 explains that we love because God first loved us. Said another way, everything we do as Christ followers is a response to being loved. Some churches can feel like institutions committed to self-preservation, with rigid doctrinal "litmus tests" for those who seek membership. In contrast, St. John's functions in many ways as a school for learning how to better love - to better love self, neighbor, Creation, and God - and all of us are students together in that quest.

There is no finer quest, no finer work than to love. It is how we meet God face-to-face, and it is how we leave the world better for our having been in it.

God has brought us together in Boulder, Colorado to provide a place where love is made visible, tangible, and audible; a place where love springs into action to serve others; a place where love continually opens hearts and transforms them. This is the season in our church when we seek to raise the money needed to continue doing this sacred work.

For the part, you will play in this, and for allowing Love to inspire you to generosity, thank you. 1 John 4:16 says that whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them. May God continue to live in you all your days.

The Rev. Susan W. Springer, Rector

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+ The life changing work your love supports

Jesus said, “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

Learning to better love God

  • Four weekly services of Holy Eucharist
  • Acoustic Prayers for Evening (Sat.night)
  • Choral Compline
  • Solas Celtic Service
  • Contemplative Evensong
  • Choir
  • Choristers
  • Verger’s Guild,
  • Acolyte Guild
  • Lectors
  • Wednesday Bible Study

Learning to better love who God created us to be

  • St. John’s Intentional Community
  • Christian formation for ages 3 to 103
  • Centering Prayer ministries
  • The Rector’s Pen
  • Daughters of the King prayer ministry
  • Bible study groups
  • EfM
  • Foyer dinner groups

Learning to better love others

  • Coffee Hour
  • Welcome Shepherds Ministry
  • Usher Guild
  • Eucharistic Visitors
  • Flower Delivery Team
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Healing Prayer Team at Sunday worship
  • Whittier Elementary Partnership:
  • Household Supplies Pantry
  • Children’s book drive
  • Tutoring
  • Knitting ministry
  • Many community groups using our facilities

Learning to better love Creation

  • Solar Panel Array on our campus
  • Gun Violence Prevention Ministry
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Colorado Haiti Project
  • Immigration Ministry
  • Church campus as historic community icon
  • Garden Guild
  • Hiking Ministry

+ Spreading the Love

Mission priorities for 2019

  • Increase St. John's visibility and involvement in the communities in which our parishioners reside
  • Vestry development
  • Creation care ministry
  • More kids confirmed and adult sponsors
  • Increase volunteer teachers in Sunday School and broaden curriculum offerings
  • Guardian Ministry and building safety plan

+ How to give to St. John's

Pledge first…

Fill out a pledge card. If you didn’t receive one in the US Mail, you’ll find pledge cards in the pew racks and on the table in the narthex. Complete one and place it in the offering plate or give or mail it to our Parish Administrator, Diane Wells. We’ll also be emailing you a pledge card which you can complete and email back to us. You can also find 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

+ Everyone is called to be generous in love

It’s been said that love isn’t love until you give it away.

God has surrounded us with an abundance of beauty, resources, and love so that we can continue to offer the beautiful worship, thought-provoking formation, opportunities for selfless service, and the care of a loving community of faith. The task before us is to raise $900,000 for our 2019 operating budget.

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

  • ask God to guide you to make your pledge with a heart full of love
  • 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

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. --Mother Teresa

+ How your money is spent: Overview

The money you entrust to us is managed with love and care by our Finance Committee, Vestry, Clergy, Lay Staff, and Ministry Leaders.

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

For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21

+ We give to that which we love

If we love God, we give to God in gratitude for God first loving us, in thanksgiving for all the blessings God has showered upon us. And we give cheerfully.

God promises us that when we givegenerously and joyously we’ll be likewise blessed:

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7

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

In that spirit then, throughout this campaign we’ll let you (and God) know each Sunday during the worship service (at the Offertory) what love is making possible in our church.