August 1, 2013 letter to parishioners and friends of Zion Church and St. John's Chapel
"We are bound to give thanks for you brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love every one of you is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your steadfastness..." 2 Thessalonians: 1-3
Thank You All So Very Much!
Thanks to your enthusiastic support the attendance at all three services is way up over the last couple of summers. This increase is due in large part to the very positive "word of mouth" accolades put out by folks at Zion and St. John's. Due to the increase of interest and support of the ministry and mission of Christ at Zion and St. John's we have had a large number of baptisms this year, with two more scheduled at St. John's. In fact we have set and broken Sunday attendance records at the 11:00 a.m. service at St. John's twice. Let us see if we can top that in the next few weeks. Remember most church growth happens due to personal invitations. And while the Zion service numbers for the 10:00 a.m. have dropped a bit, as they normally do in the summer, there are always a large number of families with children. For the 8:00 a.m. service the numbers are up as well.
As you may know, the financial numbers have not been too promising this year, and we have had a hard time keeping up with expenses, barely keeping our heads above water. But thanks be to God, last week close to $34,000 came in, enabling us to catch up on our bills and begin the rest of the year with a clean slate. Please know that the Vestry join me in thanking you all for all that you have done, are doing, and will do for our Lord and Savior at Zion and St. John's this year.
We would greatly appreciate your prayerful consideration of helping our congregation continue in this most positive direction, by inviting someone to church over the next few week. However if they are already attending another church, do not ask them to visit. After all there is nothing more reprehensible than trying to steal sheep from another flock. Besides, as Anglicans "it is just not done." In addition consider making a donation or pledge to the mission and ministry of Christ to help us finish the year in good financial order. "We should give as we receive, quickly, and without hesitation: for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers." Seneca 4 BC - AD 65
Finally, very heartfelt thanks to those who made contributions last year and this year that enabled us to begin painting the entire campus of Zion Church. The donations given are a reflection of who we are as a people of God, with amounts ranging from $10 up to several thousands. Please know that each and every contribution is needed and appreciated.
The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector