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A Stewardship View for 2023

     As we enter into the halfway point of the year, we begin to acknowledge and plan for upcoming vacations, events and year end obligations. In so doing, we the church also plan for upcoming events and obligations.  This year’s Stewardship view will be on using our gifts and our communication with others.

1 Peter 4: 10-11     “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God provides through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Some examples of “Gifts” are:

Communication – speaking with others with Love and Compassion. Knowing what to say to someone who is hurting.

Sharing – giving of things we might have multiple of or would like to give to someone in kindness.

Caring – sending a note, email, or just a phone call to someone to let them know you are thinking of them.

Crafts – Sharing something you’ve made to brighten someone’s day.

Music – Sending  a song you think they might like.

These are only a few ways of how we can share our God given Gifts with others.

Stewardship, Tammy Epprecht

Please consider giving online by clicking Online Giving

   We have several ways for you to continue to give to the ministries, salaries & expenses that Grace Lutheran Church still has.  Of course, you can always mail your offerings to the church office; we will  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.

A Friendly Reminder About Automated Giving.

If you use Simply Giving automatic withdrawals or have your bank do direct payments to Grace Lutheran for your giving, please remember that if your pledge for 2023 changed in any way, you need to let us or your bank know.  For Simply Giving, just call or email the church office with your change.  As long as your account is the same, we can easily make any other changes for you.  If you want the amount changed to match your 2023 pledge or if you want the date or frequency of your giving changed, we can take care of that too.  If you use your bank for direct payment, just call or stop by your local branch office and I’m sure they can help you make any changes needed.  Even if you didn’t make a pledge, but need to change your automated giving for some reason, we can help.  And thanks for your continued giving and generosity to the mission & ministries at Grace Lutheran Church.

 
 
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?
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 & run projects that serve our community.

Do errands or shopping for those needing assistance.

Assist in worship with the sound board, ushering, greeting, reading, etc.

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.

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’s how you can support the mission and vision of Grace:

Regular giving through –

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

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. Specifically to scholarships and social & 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.)

Relief to the people of Ukraine can be sent through Lutheran World Relief. See their website at www.ldr.org, or send checks to Lutheran World Relief,    PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061, memo: aid to Ukraine.

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.

If you are looking for a way to help people in need, Lutheran Disaster Response (ELCA) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. Go to their website at: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/.  You’ll find many ways that you can help including relief for those affected by wildfires, the people of Haiti and Afghan refugees.

Thank you for your generosity and loving support!!!