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In Genesis, God promises to bless Abram and then calls him to live into that promise, by being a blessing to the world! 
This continues to be our call today as we follow Jesus. 
Did you know there are lots of ways to be a blessing? 
How will you bless others?
We are excited to announce that our Annual Pledged Giving Campaign for 2021
has begun!! 
This year’s theme is, “Blessed to Be a Blessing”.
Please watch the videos below, to hear from our Stewardship Chairperson, Kathy Klug about this opportunity to support the mission & ministries at Grace Lutheran Church.   
You can also watch congregation member Steve Matzke talk about Abram and how his story speaks to our faith, calling, motivation & blessings.  Or you can watch congregation member Joy Fraunfelter speak about how we share our blessings with others.
You can also check out our Narrative Budget for 2021 by clicking the link below:  
Kathy Klug’s video
 

 
Steve Matzke’s video
 

Joy Fraunfelter’s video
 

Time
 
 
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16
 
 

Time is precious & giving of your time to serve God is a precious gift.  Don’t underestimate the value of the time you give to be a blessing.  Here are some ways to share your time:

 

Serve on council or a church committee.

Volunteer with our social ministry team to organize and run projects that serve our community.

Do errands or shopping for those needing assistance.

Assist in worship with the sound board, ushering, greeting, reading…

Offer office support.

Help with property projects.

Talent

 

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  1 Peter 4:10
 

 

Use the gifts God has given you with joy!  Being generous with your talents helps God’s kingdom become known.  Here are some ways to share your talents:

 
 

Cook meals for those in need.

Sing or play music for worship.

Teach faith to children, youth or adults.

Become a Stephen Minister to care for others.

Join Crafters to share God’s love in heartfelt & handmade ways.
 
Help in our Garden to grow food donations for local charities.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Treasure

 

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer… Proverbs 11:24
 

 

Our stewardship of the finances we have been blessed with help us to practice our trust in God’s abundant generosity.  Your contributions support the ministries of Grace that change lives locally, nationally & around the world!  

 

Here are ways that you can support the mission and vision of Grace:

Regular giving through:

On-line (see the link in the light blue box below), 

Offering Envelopes,

“Simply Giving” automated giving,

Or direct electronic fund transfer through your bank.  
 
 

(Please call the church office for info on how to begin “Simply Giving”, choose your gift & timing.)

 

Estate/Planned Giving to the endowment fund for long-term support to the Grace ministries and specifically to scholarships, social ministries and youth ministries.  Please call the church office for info on how to include Grace in your will or to give “in kind” gifts.
 
 
If you are a Thrivent Member, you can also support Grace’s ministries through selecting Grace as the benefactor of your Choice Dollars.  Contact your local Thrivent agent for more details.
Please consider giving online by clicking Online Giving

   We have several ways for you to continue to give to the ministries, salaries and expenses that Grace will still have.  Of course, you can always mail your offerings to the church office; we will continue to pick up mail and make deposits as needed.  As usual anyone who is participating in Simply Giving will be automatically keeping up with their giving.  We understand that some folks may be experiencing a lull in their work and may need to adjust their giving.  Please feel free to call the church office and leave a message or send an email, if you need to change something. 

   We now have two other ways you can continue to support Grace – We have online giving above; you can click on “Online Giving” and it will take you to an area where you can select where you want your money to go, how much, how often and when.  You then set up a user profile and give either your bank/checking information or credit card information.  Or you can call Vanco (our giving agent) at            1-800-675-7430 and give them our church name and ID #504735733.  They will ask you a few questions over the phone and you can give that way.

Mission Outreach: Grace has a long relationship with the Rev. Stephen Deal, serving in Costa Rica.      Rev. Deal has served as ELCA regional representative for Central America since 2003. Working closely with regional Lutheran leaders, he identifies ways for ELCA congregations and members to connect to our companion churches. He also serves as a teaching pastor, developing leadership for effective ministry in contexts of economic poverty, social violence and climate vulnerability.

Thank you for your generosity and loving support!!!