Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During this season of Advent, we are reminded that the greatest gift that we have received is the gift of new life in Christ. Likewise, one of the greatest gifts that we have to share is the gift of ourselves; whatever our present circumstances, we have the capacity to be generous.
Even as I thank you for your faithful stewardship thus far I am encouraging you to be generous over-and-above givers to the ministries of our Central States Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, because in your generosity you provide windows into the Kingdom life that God desires for all of God’s people.
- As we partner to rebuild the congregations in our Companion Synod the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East, we note that Pastor Alexander Lapachenko in Arsen’yev is one of only two pastors for 1,500 miles. We help pay his salary; some people have already committed funds to that end, but more assistance is needed.
- Many of you have supported Lutheran Disaster Response, an organization that requires support to rebuild from 2013 disasters and be ready for what the upcoming year will bring.
- In our synod there is a strong passion for Campus Ministry. At our June assembly we pledged to increase our support; we now need to make good on that commitment so that our campus presence and its life-giving message can thrive.
- At Bethany College we raise up leaders and minister to students. The college has one of its largest freshman classes in recent history. Our support is vital to this school’s mission.
These are just a few examples of how you can make a difference; you will see many more on our website, in the synod’s newsletter, and in bulletins that come to congregations with quarterly financial statements. I invite your generous year-end gift to strengthen our ministries. Half of all gifts received will support the work of the ELCA; half will support this synod’s ministries.
Please make year-end gift today:
Online (for credit card donations) — CLICK HERE
By mail (checks only) — Call Sandy Van Tuyl at 913-948-9701 or 888-915-3548 or
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May the advent of God’s greatest gift inspire in us our greatest generosity. I thank God for the great privilege of being in ministry with you.
Peace and joy,
Central States Synod, ELCA