The following letter was sent to congregational members earlier this summer. As of August 26, 2014, we have raised enough for a new bus, 21% of the total requested funds. Have you contributed? Drop your contribution in the office or the offering plate (marked JOY campaign) or click here for online giving options.
Philippians 1:3-5 “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with JOY in everyone of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.”
Dear Friends in Christ –
I bring you good tidings of great joy! I know you’re accustomed to hearing that during Advent, but we have a lot of celebrate at St. John’s these days. We have a variety of new staff people (Amanda, Katie and Ben) who are doing great things for and with us! Pastor Nirmala is providing outreach and ministry to members who are unable to join us. Attendance at our blended worship service continues to grow, and summer activities are ramping up. There is a lot to be joyful about!
Council members are very pleased about all of these things. However, one of our primary responsibilities is the health and welfare of the church’s finances and ensuring that all the wonderful happenings at our church are financially feasible. Looking ahead, the Council has identified four special projects that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of our children and staff, and to continue to adapt and grow our ministries. To support these projects, the Council is announcing the Joyful Giving Campaign to raise funds for these four special projects, which are described below.
- Security Windows In Office and Sunday School Room Doors
St. John’s staff and volunteers are requesting that fire-rated observation windows be added to the five office doors, nursery door and ten Sunday school room doors that are currently without windows. These windows are being requested because of the priority we place on safety and security, especially as it pertains to our children. Estimated costs are $3000. This project will be managed by the Properties Commission.
- Reliable Transportation
For the past several years, St. John’s has made use of the “big blue bus” to transport approximately 70 students from school to St. John’s each Wednesday for Oasis. We have also been able to utilize the bus for occasional field trips for Creation Kids Preschool and other youth programming. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons including maintenance costs and safety reasons, the current bus is no longer an option and needs to be retired. A committee of volunteers which includes the current bus mechanic and several congregation members has researched several transportation options and is recommending that St. John’s purchase a newer, used school bus. Estimated costs for this project are $6000. This project will be managed by the Transportation Committee.
- Video Ministry
St. John’s sees the need to provide a new video outreach ministry that has the potential to reach out to many people, both inside the walls of our building and beyond. We are attempting to start a Video Ministry where we video record our services to make them available to both members and non-members in multiple formats. Funds are needed to cover the start-up cost of this ministry. These startup costs include the purchase and installation of a video recording system (video cameras, video mixing board, wiring, etc.) and training on how to operate the system.This video ministry will reach many people. It would be used to help those in attendance when we have an over-full worship service (Easter Sunday, for example) by showing video of the service on TV screens in the narthex and fireside room. Video of worship services would also be streamed or podcasted on our website to allow both members and non-members to view our worship when they are unable to attend. Recorded video of the service would also be available in other formats (flash drive, DVD) to be delivered to people who are unable to attend worship, or do not have website access.New technology provides exciting opportunities to meet the needs of our congregation and to evangelize to the world around us. Estimated costs for this project are $10,400. This project will be managed by the Media Commission.
- Increased Personnel Costs
As I mentioned earlier, we have a variety of new staff on board doing wonderful things for St. John’s. We also have long-time staff people who help keep St. John’s up and running, and we are starting the call process to bring a second full-time pastor to St. John’s. It is imperative that we are able to pay our current (and future) staff living wages in line with similar positions in other congregations throughout our region. We would also like to be able to utilize additional, temporary staff for increased office coverage during our busy holiday seasons. We are asking for $15,600 to cover a variety of personnel costs during 2014. This funding will be managed by the Personnel Commission.
The total request being made through the Joyful Giving Campaign is: $35,000.
If you have any questions, please ask any one of your Council members. Council will be providing regular updates on the progress of this campaign. We thank you in advance for your support.
Jakki Trihey, President and St. John’s Council, Pr. Randy Fett, Dennis Foster, Sharon Melquist, Jay Harris, Paul Beeman, Roger Carlsen, Lori Evans, Randy Price, Deb Smith, Bill Thornburg, Tim Tjosaas and Dan Ziebell