Dear People of God at St. James’…
We are happy to provide this update on the status of the Give to Grow Campaign. To date, we have raised commitments for $300,000, which represents 60% of our Campaign goal of $500,000. These funds were raised to supplement the salary and benefits for a new Assistant Rector, and the Vestry recently affirmed this use of the committed funds. At this time, we have decided to take a pause in the fund raising while the work of the transition to a new Rector continues. Your generosity and the success to date will serve to enhance the recruiting process for a new Rector who will have the flexibility to hire an Assistant of their choosing to support our various ministries. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to either of us.
Amy Allyn and John Watt, Campaign Co-Chairs
In 2022, we are all being invited to “give to grow” both in the short and long term by contributing to the St. James’ Foundation now and in the future. Your gift will ensure that St. James’ continues to grow as an active and vibrant Christian community, with parishioners alive in their faith and sharing
God’s love with the world,
John Watt and Amy Allyn
Co-chairs of the campaign
St. James' is Growing!
Despite the challenges of these past few years, St. James’ has extended its reach by: continuing to offer online worship services; increasing programming for all ages, including in person and virtual Sunday School, prayer groups, Bible studies and book discussions; hosting guest speakers, concerts and events; and expanding community service opportunities. And our membership is growing too!
But growth at St. James’ isn’t just about growth in the number of programs or people! It’s about growth in our faith, in our commitment and in our engagement. It’s about growth as a Christian community.
We seek to empower the ministry and mission of St. James’ Church by raising $500,000 for the Leadership Support Fund of the St. James’ Foundation. This fund was first established by the Vestry in 2020 to support leadership endeavors specifically related to clergy and staff. We are seeking additional contributions to the Leadership Fund in 2022 to support the hiring of a part-time Assistant Rector. Over the long term, contributions to this fund will be available to support other leadership-focused initiatives and various needs of our clergy and staff.
You may also contact John Watt (585) 748-4736 or Amy Allyn (315) 730-2668 or complete and return the Give to Grow Campaign Donation Card available in the church office.