giving-treeTis the season for giving…and the Social Ministry Planning Group invites you to consider giving an alternative gift in honor or memory of a loved one.

Alternative giving allows you to use your resources to give twice…a thoughtful gift to someone you care about and a gift to our neighbors in need. This year we have chosen two organizations, one local (ECHO) and one global (ELCA World Hunger).

Contributions to these organizations through St. John will be matched by a Foundation Grant.

Here’s how it works:

• Take an envelope from the tree in the narthex and replace it with an ornament.

• Choose one or both organizations listed on the envelope and fill in the amount you want to go to each organization.

• Write your name on the line that says “Given by.”

• Dedicate your gift in honor or memory of someone and write their name on the envelope. Your gift will be recognized in the Christmas bulletin.

Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

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