Giving

A self-supporting congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, we rely on year-round contributions for everything we experience at St. John’s: worship, music, Christian education, ministries that serve the needy in God's name in Spokane and around the world, and upkeep of our beautiful 1929 landmark building.

Reflections on Stewardship

With the arrival of October there are some certainties in life. Baseball playoffs (Go Cubs!) and football will co-exist. Families with school aged children will have settled into their schedules for the year. Apples will be ripe for harvest, along with pumpkins. And in churches across the country, it will be time to build budgets for the following calendar year and to appeal to parishioners to participate in a pledge campaign to support those ministries. These certainties are evident at St. John’s Cathedral as well.

The theme for the 2019 pledge campaign is Roots and Branches Growing in Faith. Even having been with you for a little over a month, I have been able to see the strong foundation and the new growth of the roots and branches at St. John’s. This congregation has members in every decade of life who attend worship weekly, participate in guilds and other ministries, and actively work to build up the Kingdom of God in this corner of the world. I have seen you care for one another during worship, at coffee hour, in times of grief, and even across the miles when a crisis has arisen. You have branched out into the community to serve others and care for creation in new ventures such as the Spokane River clean up and long-standing partnerships with West Central Episcopal Mission and Cross Walk. Guilds, groups, committees, Sunday school, youth group, choirs, and community groups make use of the Cathedral and Jewett House seven days a week. The staff works hard behind the scenes to support these many ministries and to keep the Cathedral’s operations, whether building, financial, or general office, working smoothly and seamlessly. Through our combined actions, we are actively engaged in being the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement (as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reminds us we are) on South Hill and in Spokane.

In order to make this ministry possible, we need to fully fund our ministries. For the Cathedral’s roots and branches to continue to grow, we need to increase the operating funds raised through pledges in particular. The year 2018 saw a need to have a larger draw on the interest from Foundation funds – as a congregation we need to return to a right-sized draw from endowment funds in 2019 and to increasing our pledging income. Later in October, you will receive the 2019 pledge campaign materials in the mail. I ask you to prayerfully consider St. John’s and how your relationship with God is strengthened and supported by worship, service, and fellowship in and through this incredible faith community. Then please prayerfully consider how much you give in support of St. John’s; I invite you to increase your pledge.

In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes: “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, [God our Creator] may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” (3:16-17) Over these weeks, I have seen how St. John’s is rooted and grounded in love. I look forward to more conversations with you and hearing your stories of those roots and branches that are growing in faith.

In Christ’s Peace,

Dean Heather

Current Operations

Pledges and offerings from members and friends of the Cathedral support its ongoing ministries. Your contribution enables the Cathedral to minister to persons who come through our doors, pay clergy and staff, celebrate with worship and music, and engage the wider community through formation, education and service. Additionally, some designated endowment funds help pay for building maintenance.

Those who contribute regularly to the Cathedral are encouraged to help the Cathedral leadership in fiscal planning by providing an estimate of giving (pledge) for the year ahead. Pledges can be made or amended at any time by contacting the Financial Secretary at the Cathedral Office, 509-838-4277. Many choose the convenient option of paying on-line or making regular payments by credit card.

We can also accept payments via text message. The company we're using is Tithe.ly, an app developed specifically for churches. The first time you us it requires some set up.

  • Text GIVE to 425-441-3395
  • After your first transaction, we recommend you download the app and use it for future donations (if not, subsequent donations are tricky to allocate)

Donate

Click here to support the mission of St. John’s Cathedral.

This form accepts payments toward

  • existing pledges
  • gifts to other ministries (such as music, children and youth, Christmas/Easter flowers)
  • memorials
  • gifts to the Cathedral’s endowment funds

Make a Pledge

St. John's Cathedral touches the lives of thousands of people every year. Your pledge allows the Cathedral leadership to plan wisely as they manage a responsible budget and plan for strategic growth. Thank you for your support!

Please make a pledge of financial support to St. John’s Cathedral for the year ahead. Pledges can be made or amended at any time by contacting the Financial Secretary at the Cathedral Office, 509-838-4277. Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Special Gift Opportunities

Many choose to make special gifts to the Cathedral at particular times, on special occasions, on receipt of an unexpected windfall or when financial opportunities present themselves. Others sponsor a special event or program. Many make memorial gifts to the fabric of the Cathedral such as stained glass windows, carvings or other adornments, or practical needs such as the remodeling of the parish house kitchen and other furnishings and equipment.

Throughout the Cathedral's history, many friends and families have participated in establishing life gifts or planned gifts in order to expand upon or craete special endowments for the Cathedral in perpetuity.

For more information contact the Dean at the Cathedral Office, 509-838-4277.

Planned Giving and Endowments

Planned giving is a generous and effective way of ensuring the Cathedral’s future vibrancy. You can make a planned gift to St. John’s in a number of tax-beneficial ways, including wills, living trusts and other arrangements. Members of the clergy and the Cathedral Foundation trustees are happy to discuss this with you. You will also want to consult with your attorney or financial advisor for guidance in determining the planned gift approach that is right for you and your family.

For more information contact the Dean at the Cathedral Office, 509-838-4277.