Dear Members of the St. John's Congregation,
In 2020, St. John's raised more for the Annual Fund than ever before in our history. Fully 127 households gave generously to the Regeneration Campaign to raise a total of over $525,000. Among those giving were 18 first time donors. 50 households increased their giving. It was an amazing accomplishment to exceed our ambitious goal, particularly during very uncertain times.
BRAVO to Nancy Kho and the Stewardship team for a job well done, and for brightening our early pandemic days with poppies, and later, with bread and wine for the Eucharist.
LET'S CELEBRATE this marvelous generosity that puts us in a strong financial position to build upon last year's successes, which were many:
To note, 2020 was a year for launching a number of initiatives, critical for our growth. With the hiring of Jon Owens, our new Director of Congregational Development, we saw the creation of a new website, a new/improved presence in a variety of social media, and a host of new adult formation offerings, via zoom. We also were able to respond nimbly to the pandemic with a popular zoom church service, increased outreach to families in need through the VISION program, and a Drive-Through Nativity that brightened the holidays for our parish and the greater community. We also introduced "Gifts from God," a spiritual formation program for young children and their families that we conducted on zoom. And we can't overlook the many improvements that not only upgraded the St. John's campus but also made it safer. All of these efforts were built upon the generosity of this congregation. We couldn't have done them without you.
This year, with a sound financial underpinning provided by last fall's stewardship campaign, we are in a strong position to build upon last year's successes, to "regenerate," as we plan for a re-opening in what will be a somewhat changed world. As we continue to strive for growth and meaning in that world, St. John's is blessed with many options thanks to you. We look forward to sharing the exciting journey with you.
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