A Message from the Wardens and Rector
The ways that St. John’s continues to be a people of generosity
Dear People of St. John’s,
Grace and peace to you at a challenging time. We wanted you to know about some of the ways that St. John’s continues to be a people of generosity:
- We are doing some of our annual Servant Ministry giving this week, distributing funds to the mission partners who will feed, house, and care for God’s people during this crisis. We often wait until the end of the year to do so but are acting now, since the need is now. We’ll be giving $2000 to Family Promise, $2000 to Harvest Hope, and $1000 to Senior Resources.
- We are continuing to pay our hourly staff members (our sexton and nursery caregivers) their average monthly compensation, though their hours have been eliminated or greatly reduced. Those who care for our children and our beloved church need our care, as long as we can offer it.
- We can assist St. John’s people and our neighbors from the clergy discretionary funds, as financial difficulties become more pressing. We have some new guidance in place to ensure that these funds are equitably shared among those in need. Please be in touch with Fr. Nicholas or Fr. Scott if you are facing difficult circumstances. The generous people of our church have given us resources to share.
- Our staff has been working to find creative ways to share the gifts of our life and ministry in dramatically changed circumstances. Sharing sermons, prayer, and worship online has actually given us the opportunity to share the good and comforting news of Christ with more people in recent days.
St. John’s Church is able to do these things because the people of St. John’s have been so generous. We have reserve funds to meet the pressing needs of the months ahead. We will be able to do so both for our corporate need as a church organization and for the needs we can meet for church members and our community, for some time.
Of course, our reserves are far from unlimited. We still very much need your help, and God’s call to give is not abated. Since we are not gathering for worship, at least until the end of April, your giving will require some extra effort on your part. Below are some ways to keep giving to the mission of our church:
Click HERE for the church online Giving website page or use your ShelbyNext App on your phone(If you would like credentials or instructions for downloading the App, contact mwj@stjohnscolumbia.
GIVE BY DIGITAL OR ONLINE BANKING
Digital or online banking platforms are available at your own financial institution. Enrolling in Bill Pay with your bank will allow you to continue to give regularly to St. John’s. Using your bank is free of charge to both you and St. John’s.
DONATING FROM A RETIREMENT OR OTHER INVESTMENT ACCOUNT
GIVE IN PERSON (practicing social distancing)
Drop off your envelope using our mailbox located at the main entrance of Heyward Hall.
GIVE BY MAIL
St. John’s Episcopal Church
2827 Wheat Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29205
NEED HELP? CONTACT ST. JOHN'S
Rhonda Gardner, Finance Administrator: rsg@
Michelle Rabon, Director of Parish Operations: mwj@
We are thankful, as always, for your faithfulness to the Gospel and each other in the life of our church. Let us remember the prayer of Psalm 126: “Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negev,” and its promise “Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.” We pray to reap, when the season comes, a harvest of healing and righteousness.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev. Nicholas Beasley, Rector
Michael Burkett, Senior Warden
Julian Horst, Junior Warden