In the course of time Abel brought one of the best firstlings of his flock to the Lord.  The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering.   ~ Genesis 4:3a, 4

Giving as an Act of Worship

The call to tithe — to give a tenth of our blessings back to the Lord — is a practice that begins with Abraham in the Book of Genesis, and even before him in the offering of Abel the Just.  The act of giving a portion of one’s earnings to the Lord is a form of worship.  For all that we have received, we are also called to respond in gratitude.
Interested in becoming part of our parish family? Click here to register online! 

Read from what some of our parishioners and Finance Council members have said about tithing…

“It is important that we share our personal wealth with the parish to sustain its mission now and for years to come…” ~ John Richards
“Giving became and is the top line in our family budget, which we review at the start of each year and during the year if our circumstances change. It is the offering of our “first fruits,” and we can truly affirm that over the years our parish and charitable giving has become a gift returned to us.” ~ Jack Fremeau 
“We are very blessed at St. John to have so many opportunities to grow in our faith. Couple that with our beautiful church and surrounding property, God has been very good to us. Quite frankly, without parishioner support, we could not maintain any of it. This is our parish. We owe it to God and ourselves to take care of it.”
~ Karen Kurzynowski

We encourage you to consider giving in the following ways… 

  • To give a quick one-time gift, click here or text "GIVE" to (517) 210-1868.

    Give Here!
  • Make your tithing easier by signing up through online giving! As you pray about how the Lord might want to ask you to give, this is a great time to switch to our easy online format.

    Click Here for Online Giving!
  • DSA supports our Catholic Charities of Jackson County and the other four Catholic Charities agencies in our diocese. Click below to make a pledge to help the Catholic community in our areas!

    Pledge to Diocesan Service Appeal

State of the Parish: How to Keep a Good Thing Going

Click to listen to or read Fr. Chas’ 2019 message about the “5-4-1” Generosity Challenge, what it’s all about and how we can all take part in helping our parish thrive.  This year of 2022, we again focus on the 4%, particularly promoting and building up the Capital Expenditures Fund und as we also work toward 450 pledge cards (for the 5% that goes toward weekly offertory).


Click here to pledge in the “5-4-1” Generosity Challenge 

Hear more about the Generosity Challenge

Participate in the “5-4-1” Plan at St. John Parish!

Together we can help our parish family thrive as we partner with one another in ministry through our time, talent, and treasure. Consider how you might be able to give and participate in our Generosity Challenge. This “5-4-1” plan gives a simple breakdown of where to give and invest our resources.


  • 5 % to our weekly offertory to help our parish family continue to grow and thrive
  • 4%  to other Catholic initiatives, appeals, and ministries within our parish, including the Capital Expenditures Fund, our school, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.
  • 1% to our Diocesan Services Appeal (D.S.A.)


In this Generosity Challenge, we hope to help our parishioners increase their giving and partner with us in ministry.

If you are interested in partnering with us in our ministry and joining with other members of our parish family in our Generosity Challenge, click above!