July 29, 2021

Welcome to Realm

Desmond Tutu once wisely said that “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” What he meant is that everything in life that seems daunting, overwhelming, and even impossible can be accomplished gradually by taking on just a little at a time. The same principle applies to learning new technology tools like Realm, St. John’s upgraded membership and financial software. Since there is much to see and do with Realm, we will start off simply – a bite at a time!

On Friday, July 30, all church members should be on the lookout for an important email from Realm with an invitation to start using the upgraded version of our very secure membership and financial software. Once logged in, you’ll be able to easily manage your personal information and privacy settings! Below are samples of what that email invitation may look like.

Simply follow the link in your email and create a password. Then, join us this Sunday, August 1, at 11:15 AM, at Coffee Talk, when the St. John’s staff shares how our parish will use this upgraded software. Our number one priority is connection to God, self, and other, so come learn how Realm will help us all stay informed and connected. We’ll also provide beginning instructions on how to download and use Realm on a mobile device. If you’re ready to take that next step now, read on. Otherwise, we’ll see you at Coffee Talk!


Realm replaces St. John’s previous member and financial software, ACS, and the “Realm Connect” mobile app takes the place of the Church Life app. When logged in to either the desktop or mobile interface, members will be able to access and edit their personal contact information, privacy settings, and view their giving history. Below is a quick “getting started” tutorial for mobile devices. Our staff will walk you through Realm on desktop computers during Coffee Talk.

If you have outstanding questions following Coffee Talk, please contact Claire Dodd or Deborah Dugger in the church office. If one-on-one assistance would be helpful, Membership Director Claire Dodd will be available at lunchtime from Tuesday, August 3 through Friday, August 6. Just B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) and we’ll get you squared away!

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