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Stewardship Ministry

The Stewardship Ministry Team designs and implements the annual stewardship campaign to meet the budgetary needs of parish. This committee works closely with the rector and the vestry to design a campaign that will lead parishioners to make thoughtful and deliberate choices in contributing to the needs of the parish.


We have received 64 pledges for $313,168.
Three of the pledges are new

Life of the Church

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." 
-Colossians 3: 23–24

In our house, we reflect on and try to approach everything we do with this scripture in mind, whether it be the way in which we treat others, our relationships with family and friends, our approach to work and school work, or how we manage what God has given to us. I was reminded of this verse recently while reading the Forward Day by Day Devotional recently. The author Sophfronia Scott who wrote for that day's study noted how her son's favorite story in the Bible is the fishes and loaves miracle. This story has always been one of my favorites too, but her approach to her discussion with her son made me think about the story in a much different way than I ever had before. While she loves that her son focuses on the message of abundance, she also reminds him that in order for Jesus to offer what he has to give, we must begin with what we have, even if it is very little. As she says, "A boy offered what he had and that enabled Christ to feed a multitude." 

Her reflection reminded me how Jesus did not make the fish and loaves appear out of thin air; he started with a boy and a basket who was willing to share all he had to give. Ultimately, how we contribute, using the opportunities we have been given, and striving to be good stewards of all the He has given to us connects everything we do with what God is doing in the world. And we cannot predict or fathom all that God can do with what we are willing to share. 

As Sophronia Scott states, "In the act of giving, we so often discover there is more, always more. We shouldn't be afraid if our resources seem limited because God is more than willing to show us the meaning of the word limitless."

~ Kelly Burkett, Stewardship chair

Commitment Sunday

Parish Family Movie Night 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
5 - 7 pm 

Pizza, popcorn, and desserts galore!


*Deadline Extended! All Time/Talent/Pledge cards need to be turned in by Sunday, October 1st so we can celebrate reaching our goals for this Stewardship season. We will announce our final numbers that night and celebrate the beginning of our season of commitment to the life of St. John's. 

"The world asks, 'What does a person own?' God asks, "How does a person use what he or she has been given?'"

Please check the church website for more information and updates on our goal numbers. You can find these updates at stjohnscolumbia.org. 

If you have not received your Life of St. John's Stewardship packet, please pick up a Time/Talent/Treasure form in the Narthex, or contact Dan Bernardo, our Parish Relations Coordinator, in the office at 799-4767 .

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