“State of the Church” to be Held May 17

This year’s State of the Church is a follow-up to last year’s highly successful event. Held on Wednesday, May 17, at 5:30 pm, the event provides time for honest conversation about the “state” of St. John’s, our opportunities and challenges.

“We want to be honest with one another,” says Pastor Rhodes. “The state of the church is very, very good, but we want to take the challenges we face with great seriousness.”

The dinner event is again being catered by Ott Pinkston. Although there is no charge, there will be a free will offering basket to help defray expenses.

Invitations will be mailed in early May, along with other attempts to reach out to every member of the congregation.

“The idea is that we gather around the table as a family,” adds Pastor Rhodes. “That’s where we hear the family story. It’s where we celebrate our joys and accept our challenges. But it’s important that as much of the family as possible is present.”

The program includes three parts. The first is a follow-up to last year’s conversation about stewardship, a  conversation that set the stage for the congregation’s largest increase in giving in years.

The second part of the program is the introduction to the newly implemented Sustainability Plan. The Plan was 2 1/2 years in the making and offers a roadmap for ministry as much as 25 years into the future.

The third part of the program includes some announcements about Phase 2 of the G2G Campaign. Members have been eager to hear about Phase 2. The G2G Executive Committee will share an update about the timeline and scope of work.

Phase 1 of the G2G project was completed in the fall of 2015 and included the addition of the Faith Center,  renovation of the education building, and acquisition of the Community Ministry Center (CMC).

Phase 2 focuses on the renovation of the sanctuary building, in particular the fellowship hall and kitchen and the addition of handicap accessible restrooms on the sanctuary level.

Join us on May 17!