A Generous Spirit – Restored to Life through Financial Donations

November 11, 2021
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. John’s,

How is it possible to be restored when you are the one giving rather than receiving?  Jesus tells the disciples in the Gospels that He will bless the apostles 100 fold for the sacrifices they make in following Him.  God is never outdone in generosity.  

I also often hear from those living out of generous spirit, whether through giving service or financial resources, that God blesses them through that action.  This weekend we pray through Psalm 16 and the response is “You are my inheritance oh Lord.”  We do not need to worry about storing up a large inheritance or passing on a large inheritance but have confidence that God is all we need!  That is pretty hard to take in as we like control and want to have financial stability.  Yet, we must not let our wealth consume us. Rather we can be generous and thus more aware of God’s faithfulness.  He will continue to provide for us and bless us ultimately as heirs in Christ of all that Father desires to give us!  

I have continued to be impressed with your financial generosity through these uncertain times.  Know of my gratitude and that we use your generous support with thoughtful consideration and use it to build up Christ’s kingdom and bring about restoration in Christ.  

Thank you to our many volunteers and staff who worked together to host the turkey dinner as well as the pancake breakfast.  It has been wonderful to see so many people coming together for food and fellowship.  We are restoring our community and relationships in order to strengthen our foundation as we GO. MAKE. TEACH.  

I had a trip to Pittsburgh this past weekend as I visited my brother Dominic and his family.  We had the opportunity to visit some beautiful Churches there and venerate the relics of over 5000 saints!   I prayed for all of you, that one day we would be all fully Restored to Life in Heaven with the Lord and those who have gone before us!  

As the Father loves me, so I also love you,

Father Paul Shovelain