October 5
Dear St. John’s, Lodi Family,

When we set “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign, none of us could have known what this year would be like. Although the corona virus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, and other ways to remain who we are together, the Body of Christ, the parish of St. John’s, Lodi.

God is good. I sometimes feel that God is using this collective pandemic experience to direct us deeper into the realm of love offered to us by the Prince of Peace, Jesus, to discover God’s grace about us in the unfamiliar. Now, reflecting on grace, we can, in thanksgiving, pay that forward in our gifts to God through our parish pledges.

This coming year, we will explore the ways that our generosity is inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts with the world. This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”

And now I ask, how will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I look at each family, each individual in our community, I realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

This year we are mailing only a few of our traditional packets to those who do not receive email. For the rest of you, and to conserve paper, please fill out your pledge card that is attached to the email you received with this letter that you are reading. You can either print and mail that pledge card into the office, or email the information to Ann Marie, our pledge monitor (phone Penny in the church office if you need information).

As you prayerfully pledge, remember that our campaign will conclude on November 8, and all pledges will be formally dedicated at our Advent 1 service.

In the spirit of generosity and love,

Fr. Peter