Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s,
Please send in your gift NOW to the Family Fund (or notify the church office that you will be bringing your gift on Sunday) so that we might DOUBLE the impact of your dollars for Green Wig Sunday, March 18th! We have secured a matching gift from a generous donor to match your donations – dollar for dollar- up to $2500, so we can meet our $5,000 fundraising goal! (So far we have received only $305 in Family Fund donations through the office, leaving a balance of $2,195 needed to receive the full benefit of the matching dollars on Sunday).
Let’s not leave any donor dollars on the table as we seek to benefit our families in need, our homebound and elderly, and those church members who have hit a rough patch in life. Over the years, the Family Fund has helped purchase eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, school books and backpacks, gym shoes, food, and other life necessities for our church members. The Family Fund (Gloria Mock Fund) is a confidential, special emergency fund for church members facing a short term need. Please send your check today to the church office at 59 East Mound St. (designate the Family Fund), bring your contribution to church on Sunday, or give online through the church website, www.stjohnschurchcolumbus.org.
One church member wrote us this week:
We never know what life has in store for us and as hard as we work sometimes we just can't get ahead. I've often said I don't plan on getting ahead anymore, but it would be nice to just stay even. The Gloria Mock Family Fund has helped me several times over the years with emergency medical expenses and household repairs when the "uneven" times were just overwhelmimg. The generosity of my brothers and sisters at St. John's has always been at the root of who we are, and a true testimonial of being a Beacon of Hope.
Another church member wrote:
The Family Fund helped me with an electric bill when my electric was going to be shut off. I had ran into a situation where my paycheck was short and I had no way to pay my bill. If it wasn't for St John's I would have had to go with out. My help from the Family Fund was truly a blessing.
Our church is so lucky we can help our members when they are in need...
As you might imagine, others want to share their stories, but worry about what others might “think of them” if they knew of their financial struggles. As Senior Pastor, I have the privilege of working with our church members in need. I hear the heartache and shame of good people who have hit a rough patch in life, or whose need for dental work or eye glasses has outpaced their meager retirement income. Here at St. John’s, we don’t judge -- we help. So please be generous with our beloved church members! It is one small way we can share the light of Christ within our own faith community.
Donating to the Family Fund is also a way to celebrate our generosity as a congregation! If we meet our fundraising goal, ALL of our clergy, staff, and musicians (and a special guest or two!) have agreed to wear green wigs THIS SUNDAY! With two worship services now (9am = traditional;11am = contemporary), there will be a lot of green wigs in worship THIS Sunday! Our kids are also invited to participate, wear green, and join in the celebratory mood.
St. John’s is also proud to be a “teaching church” in the United Church of Christ. This week I had the privilege of accompanying our two ordination candidates, Nick Knoblauch (third and final year) and Marla Flewellen(second year), to their formal interviews with the Central Southeast Ohio Association of the United Church of Christ, Department for Preparation for Authorized Ministry (DPAM).
We are pleased to share that DPAM is recommending to the full Council of the CSEOA of the UCC that Nick Knoblauch be approved for ordination in the United Church of Christ (the Council is scheduled to hold their vote on Nick at their next monthly meeting). Congratulations Nick!
Nick is currently serving as a licensed, part time pastor with Powder Creek Congregational Church in Broadus, Montana following his graduation from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. We are pictured here in the library of David’s UCC Church with Rev. Scott Elliott, who served as Nick’s mentor for his final ordination paper. Scott serves as the pastor of First Congregational Church in Mt.Vernon, Ohio.
Marla Flewellen participated in her Second Year Interview before DPAM this week as a Member in Discernment for Ordination in the United Church of Christ. Marla’s mentor is Rev. Jackie Nehls, who serves in ministry at Ohio Health. We are pleased to share that DPAM voted to approve Marla for her third and final year of preparation for ordination.
Marla currently serves as a hospital chaplain at OSU East Hospital, in addition to her duties as a Pastoral Assistant at St. John’s. She previously graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary here in Columbus. Congratulations Marla!
Also this week, I was joined at the Annual ADAMH Faith Leaders Symposium by Pastor Marla and Pastor Rachael. It was a joy to serve on the Host Committee with other senior clergy and faith leaders in Columbus, along with 10TV News Anchor Jerry Revish. Keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Chris Adams provided us with exceptional information about the complexity of pastoral ministry today, and our team appreciated the generosity of ADAMH and the Columbus Foundation for supporting this annual event for local clergy.
Pictured L to R: Rev. Gini; Rev. Tim Ahrens; UCC CSE Association Minister Rev. Patricia Battle; Pastor Marla; Rev. Emily Corzine; Jerry Revish].
St. John’s has Gone to the Dogs (and Hamsters . . .)
Have you had a chance to stop by our Pastors’ offices lately? If not, don’t be surprised to find one St. John’s “mascots” asleep at the feet of a pastor! Several of our pastors and staff occasionally bring their four legged friends for a pastoral visit in the church office, with walks around the city to continue to get to know our neighbors and to invite new people to join us at St. John’s. Each week we will introduce you to one of St. John’s “mascots,” and we invite you to stop by for a visit!
This is Daisy, a standard poodle who is still a puppy at heart. “Miss Daisy” loves to meet new people and taking long walks around the church block.
Daisy tried to sing with the church choir last night, but settled for meeting everyone after choir practice instead. Daisy is still practicing her church manners, but she loves her new friends at St. John’s!
Palm Sunday, March 25
9 AM Traditional Service
11 AM Contemporary Service
Wednesday March 27
Noon communion and The Largest Table
Maundy Thursday, 6 PM Service
Good Friday, 6 PM Service
Easter Sunday - Easter Breakfast at 10 AM, followed by one “all church” 11 AM service
Ways to Financially Give to St. John’s
Wondering how to make a tangible difference? There are multiple ways to give to St. John’s as we continue the remarkable transformation our congregation bravely undertook last year. A time honored giving tradition is the “check/cash and envelope” method for paying your donation to the church either by mail or in the worship offering plate, and donation envelopes are available in the church office. We also have new, convenient ways to give to St. John’s. These include:
1) Automatic, recurring donations through direct deposit (contact the church office or your bank for details);
2) Recurring or one time donations through our church website:
3) Our new online giving “kiosk” at the back of the Welcome Center.
Thank you for giving to St. John’s to support our continued transformation, growth, and many ministries to our city!
In abundant hope for our shared future,