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This year, November is Stewardship month at St. John’s. In this last Sunday’s sermon, I shared two principles related to Christian financial stewardship.
Principle #1: Stewardship is More than Pledging.
Christian financial responsibility includes providing for one’s family, getting out of debt, giving to other good causes, spending your dollars in ways that help care for our planet, spending your dollars in ways that contribute to a sustainable economy and not an economy that is destructive to people’s lives, planning for retirement, and leaving a financial legacy behind that blesses others when you die. These are all important aspects of Christian financial stewardship, as much, if not sometimes more, than pledging to the Church.
Principle #2: Pledging Reflects Your Relationship with God
Your pledge is a reflection of your relationship with God. It is not the ONLY reflection of your relationship with God, but it is a reflection. Your pledge is also a reflection of your relationship with our parish family. Your pledge is more than simply “doing your part” but a concrete way of expressing your gratitude to God. Your pledge is a way of practicing love, by giving up what is yours, for a greater purpose that is ours. The Episcopal Church’s official teaching on giving, is the tithe– The giving of 10% of one’s income for the work of God.
You’ll be receiving a letter in the next few days encouraging you to make a generous pledge to the life and mission of this parish family. For those of you who have pledged in this year of 2018 and in past years so faithfully, thank you. For those of you who will pledge for the first time or again in the year 2019, thank you. We’re urging everyone to get their pledge in by Sunday, December 2, the first Sunday of Advent. We’ll be celebrating the pledges we’ve received at that time.
PS: On Sunday, I also announced, that I was making the first pledge of 2019. If you want to know what I’m giving and I how I calculate my tithe. Feel free to ask.
For the next few months we’ll be joined by Kevin Powell, a field education seminary student who is working towards ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Iowa. Kevin and his family are from Strawberry Point and have been active at Church of the Saviour, Clermont, and in the diocese for the past ten years. Kevin is married to Marcia and they have five children. The three oldest children include Hannah, who lives in Cedar Rapids with her family; Glyn, who works in Goshen, Indiana; and a son, Tom, who attends Iowa State University. His wife, Marcia, is a teacher and his two youngest daughters, Maire and Celia, live at home and attend Starmont High School.
Kevin currently attends Bexley-Seabury seminary in Chicago, in their non-residential Master of Divinity program. He works in the transit department for North East Iowa Community Action. He also serves on the Diocesan Youth Ministry Development Team, the Starmont school board and the Iowa Association of School Boards. His interests include cooking and spending time outdoors. Pictured from left to right are, Kevin, Marcia, Maire, Hannah, and Celia. Daughter Glyn and son Tom are not pictured here. Expect to see Kevin serving at the altar, at various parish events, and in general ,being part of our parish family for a season. Please extend a warm welcome to him and his family. We anticipate officially welcoming him on Sunday, December 2 during worship and at the potluck following.
If you would like an Episcopal Church Liturgical Kalendar for 2019 which features all the saints days, liturgical colors, etc., please contact Susan Meyers in the Parish Office by Sunday, November 18. The cost is $6 dollars.
All are encouraged to attend the Community Thanksgiving Service at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church at 7 pm.
Our Annual Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, Dec 1st from 8 am-2 pm in the Parish House. We will need everyone’s help to make this a successful event at St. John’s. We are now accepting gently used Christmas items that can be sold as decorations or as gifts. They can be dropped off at the Parish House during normal office hours or call for an appointment. More info to come!
Please purchase SCRIP gift cards to do you Christmas shopping. Does someone on your list like to eat at a restaurant? Who doesn’t? Get them a gift card to that restaurant through SCRIP. There is no added cost to get the card through SCRIP and you will be helping out St. John’s Episcopal Church as the restaurant gives us a percentage of the gift card amount.
Collect for Sunday
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ministers: The People of St. John’s
Senior Warden: Kim Miller
Junior Warden: John Stewart
Clerk: Pam Van Vleck
Treasurer: Bill Richardson
Vestry Members: Bud Geyer, Christine Darr, Haley Lammer-Heindel, Susan Forshey, David Kendall, David Roberts
Organist: David Pitt
Parish Administrator: Susan Meyers
Priest-in-Residence: The Rev. Dr. Kent Anderson
Rector: The Rev. Dr. Kevin Goodrich, O.P.
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, D.D.