Strengthening Our Connections

2021 Pledge Campaign

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(Please print, complete and mail to St John’s, 4201 Sheridan Av S, Minneapolis, MN. 55410)

Dear St. John’s community,

No one could have predicted the major events and challenges of 2020. We are truly in wilderness time: facing the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation’s ongoing racial injustice, the election season and the impacts of climate change in wildfires and storms. Through each of these challenges, we are learning to adapt in nearly every aspect of life and faith. But some things do not change: that we follow Jesus’ Way of Love, the heart of which is God’s creation of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the Beloved Community.” This is the experience of God’s kingdom on earth–the inbreaking of reconciliation, joy and justice for the powerful and the powerless through God’s own. Because of this, we have chosen Strengthening Our Connections as this year’s stewardship theme. Loving connection with God, one another and across lines of difference seems to be what is hardest to experience right now, given how isolating so many forces in our world are. Yet, we affirm in faith that we are made for connection, and we are asking you to help us strengthen our connections through your 2021 pledge.

With God’s help, St. John’s has been innovating in nearly every part of our common life to keep you spiritually nourished and connected to God, each other and our neighbors, as follows:

Staying Connected to God and one another through worship and faith formation:

  • Evolved new ways to experience Sunday worship, including four current options (entire service video, short videos of parts of the service, Zoom and backyard watch parties)
  • Launched 7-10 new services every week (weekday Noonday and Evening prayer)
  • Hired our new Children, Youth & Family Minister Heather Miller at ¾ time – a courageous insistence that children & youth remain an essential part of the life of St. John’s
  • Planning an outdoor Service of Eucharist at Beard’s Plaisance on October 4
  • Launched “100 days of prayer,” a daily email with scripture and reflection
  • Held Care Circles and In-Reach to determine member personal and faith needs
  • Launched full fall programming for children, youth & adults

Reaching out to our Neighbors and Living Faith in the World

  • Conducted one of the most comprehensive dismantling racism series in the wider ECMN church in response to the killing of George Floyd
  • Discerning God’s call to elevate dismantling racism as a primary part of our mission in the world
  • Continued support of First Nations Kitchen, Urban Homeworks, Haiti partners and others
  • Established new Racial Equity Team focused on improving public safety and eliminating racism in Minneapolis policing
  • Launched a major Get Out the Vote Campaign
  • Donated over $17,000 to Liberty Community Church, the Samuels’ “Healing Our City” initiative in North Minneapolis, to the Bridge for Youth, and to our Mexican brothers and sisters in Christ at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Richfield

Through all this, St. John’s continues to steward the resources given to us. These include our beautiful older building, which will require significant repairs to the chapel in 2021 due to water damage. We want to continue to care well for our hardworking, creative and gifted staff, and to increase our CYF Minister to full time as this position has been in the past. We also know this pandemic has impacted many of us financially, so we are deeply grateful for your continued generosity.

Our stewardship goal this year is 100% participation. This means that every single person involved at St. John’s would make a pledge of any amount. Some people may need to decrease their pledge, and so we hope those who are able will consider increasing their pledges–to ensure our continued ability to maintain the programs and worship you so value.

We are stepping forward in faith toward an unknown future. We do know that even if the world is complicated, our mission remains simple: we are called to be disciples of Jesus’ Way of Love, and we will continue to elevate that mission no matter what. Your contribution will help us do just that, even if the form of our institution needs to adapt.

In a world divided by so many things, with God’s help we will Strengthen Our Connections– because that is who Jesus is, what St. John’s is about and what love does. Please print, complete, and mail the pledge card (see link above) to St. John’s, OR click on the link above to pledge online. You have our deepest gratitude for your presence and your pledge.

Faithfully,

The Stewardship Committee:

Allen Gooch, Senior Warden
Mary Beth Crandall
Bill Grau
Kay Kramer
Kirsten Mair
Roger Rose
The Rev. Lisa Wiens Heinsohn, Rector

Speakers:

After they have given their speeches, you may click on their name to read a printed version.
October 4 ~ Live: Doug Mensing & Ashley Beasley, Video: Mark & Jenny Lindberg

October 11 ~ Lois Neve

October 18 ~ Mendez family