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        In 1939 St. John the Divine was born into a new, developing neighborhood. We
        answered God’s call to do amazing things. We grew into a strong and vibrant church
        and are now one of the top 10 Episcopal churches in the country! It’s been an incred-  Now one of the Top 10
        ible 77 years. But God is not fi nished doing amazing things at St. John the Divine!   Episcopal churches
                                                                                                  in the country
        Thank you for your generosity. Your giving has made our ministry possible. We’ve
        seen signifi cant growth in people engaging in the life of our church. Our average
        Sunday attendance is higher than it’s been in the last fi ve years! Other ministries
        happen here each week. Additionally, each week we host 26 Twelve Step support
        groups, 200 Boy Scouts, 120 First Steps Montessori children and many other groups
        and events on our campus.                                                   Growth in our attendance

        Your generosity extends beyond just our campus. SJD gave away $1,022,992 last year
        to more than 75 outreach/mission agencies to serve the world. That’s 12.8% of our
        budget to support organizations like Agape, Christian Community Service Center,
        The Forge for Families, and others.

        Help us continue that ministry as we end the year strong in 2016. You can help us by:
                                                                                   *Through 8/16
            Praying  for an open heart
            Listening  for God’s call for our future, and
                                                                                    $’s given away and
            Giving  as the Lord leads to help SJD fi nish strong.
                                                                                      agencies helped
        God’s future for St. John the Divine will be more than we can ask or imagine!
                                                                                              mission agencies
        If you’ve already fulfi lled your pledge — Thank you! If you’re still working towards   to serve
        that — Thank you! If you haven't given — please consider a one-time gift to help St.   the world
        John the Divine fi nish strong.

        If you feel called to give, consider these options.

            Stocks: Consider giving stocks to SJD. The stock market is at an all-time high.
            That’s a lot of appreciated stock. It’s easy to give stock to St. John the Divine and
            realize a signifi cant tax contribution benefi t. You will be credited with the full value
            of the stock at the time of the gift for a tax deduction; however, neither you nor the church pay capital gains or other
            tax on the proceeds. This is a great way to let the government and the market help fund good work. Simply contact
            Marilyn Patterson at 713.354.2215 or for more information on how to do this or visit
            givetosjd to give through our easy online form.

            Online: Go to then select the GIVE NOW button.

            Text:  Text to Give right from your cell phone. Text @sjd to 52014, then enter your amount. Don’t forget to hit send!

            Check: Mail a check to SJD, postmarked by 12/31/16, or drop your check off at the SJD accounting offi ce by noon
            on that Saturday.
        Tax Tip: You might have also heard tax laws may very well be changing in 2017 limiting tax deductible gifts for charitable pur-
        poses, so 2016 may be the year to take full advantage of the currently-allowed deductions.
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