A Letter from the stewardship Team

It’s hard to believe that it’s already fall! As the leaves turn and the temperature creeps down our thermometers, we encourage you to look ahead towards our next year of ministry.

As we wind up 2020, we are also reaching the end of the timeline for our three year Mission Appeal campaign, REJOICE, RENEW, REACH. Much has been completed in those three years with your tremendous support:

  • We have had Pastor Karen serving our church family
  • Our church building has had roof repairs completed and significant associated debt retired
  • Some parking lot patching was completed
  • Ceiling fans and sanctuary lighting electrical were updated
  • Maintenance and upgrades on our organ have supported our music ministry.
  • We have also been able to reach out into the community and the world through Lutheran World Hunger and Second Harvest Food Shelf Back Pack Program tithes from the Mission Appeal donations.

Though we have accomplished much together, the need for funds continues. Specifically, we will need your support to continue keeping Pastor Karen on staff at Our Savior’s. Her salary will account for $42,000 of additional spending in our budget for the next fiscal year. The first $42,000 of Mission Appeal contributions will be designated for Pastor Karen’s salary, and any additional giving will be directed by the Parish Planning Council towards long term needs such as the ones listed above.

If you have welcomed the service of Pastor Karen and see the need for continued facility maintenance, prayerfully consider pledging to contribute to the Mission Appeal fund in addition to your regular offering to continue our reach through adequate staffing and well maintained facilities.

If you are unable to give financially, we encourage you to consider other methods of offering! Jesus said, “If you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give–large or small–will be used to measure what is given back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

That verse is applicable to offerings and financial contributions, but also to any other form of gift to the community. An offering of time, talent, or prayer will also support our church family. Especially in this time, being able to worship together again will rely on your generous gifts of time and service to make sure that we keep each other safe and healthy.

With that said, there are three parts to this pledge card: an Offering Pledge, a Mission Appeal Pledge, and an Additional Giving Pledge. Please prayerfully consider all three. It is through your generosity that we will be able to plan a new year of worship and giving.

Lutherans have a proud heritage built on the grace of God. We give from a place of having received His grace. We love because He loved us first. Because we have received so much from our God, we can freely give.

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