Stewardship Team

Fall Appeal Goals

The goal of our fall appeal grows St. John’s ministry by increasing 2019 current offerings by 10%. This is an exciting goal - and a challenging one!  It reflects our commitment to be a congregation Growing in Faith.

  

Our Growing in Faith appeal goals are to:

Grow from $556,845 to $608,000 in 2019 General Fund pledges.

Grow from 242 to 262 pledges from members of our faith community.

Grow commitments by signing up 30 new EGivers (online giving)



Where do my offerings go?

Our General Fund finances St. John operating expenses including:

Worship and ministries where people are nurtured, and adults grow in faith
Partnerships with local, national, and international ministries (Meals on Wheels, ELCA, Mwangaza, etc.)
Staff salaries supporting those who care for our people & ministries
Utilities and property maintenance


Stewardship is about being thankful for what each of us has received and putting God first.


Celebrating Goals:  

Parking Lot Fund Update

Image how many people park their cars at St. John each week!  In 2016, we knew our 23-year-old parking lot was beyond repair and needed complete resurfacing. 190 people pledged over $165,000 for a two year period so we could fund a short-term loan and resurface the parking lot in July of 2017.

 

We are nearing the completion of our commitments to pay off the parking lot loan. By the end of 2018, our short-term loan will be paid off in FULL!

 

Thank you! Your generosity made it possible to steward our property so we can worship, care for those in need, and grow in faith. 

Legacy Gifts, Estate Gifts, and Memorial Gifts


What’s the Difference?


An Estate gift, also called a Legacy gift, is a planned future donation to a charity, given through a will or other form of designation. Legacy giving allows you to provide tax benefits for your family and fund church ministry work. Legacy gifts are part of the overall estate or financial plan a donor makes during their lifetime or as part of a will, to benefit a charitable organization such as St. John Lutheran Church. Legacy gift options include, cash, stock, real estate or business interest. Legacy giving can provide valuable tax benefits for you and your spouse. The most frequent planned Legacy fits are bequests to charities, made through your will. Other popular planned Legacy gifts include charitable trust and charitable gift annuities, which can provide you with fixed payments while you support the work of St. John. Legacy gifts make it possible to make significant progress towards challenging St. John goals.


A Memorial gift is a donation made by a person in memory of someone who has died. These gifts can be designated for a special purpose or for general operations. St. John receives both Legacy and Memorial Gifts.


Our Church Council, Finance Committee, and Stewardship Team work together when we receive gifts.


If you would like more information on supporting St. John with a Legacy gift, please talk with Pastor Jen.