I always thank my God for you because of God’s grace given you in Christ Jesus.

- 1 Corinthians 1:4

 

This time last year could you have imagined the surprises and uncertainties our world is now facing?  The impact of the Covid-19 virus has truly been devastating around the world and certainly impacted the communities and congregations here in the Central States Synod.

 

Despite the confusion surrounding us, you have continued to extend Christ’s message of love to all those in need. You have checked on shut-in members and those living alone. You have learned new technologies like Zoom and Facebook Live, to share the Gospel and love your neighbors near and far. You have delivered printed worship bulletins to members without internet connection. You have continued and even expanded food, shelter, and crisis response ministries and you have started new ministries as you became aware of needs in your community.

 

The work of the gospel continues throughout the Central States Synod during this pandemic. Your synod staff and leadership have directed funds to help ministries in Missouri and Kansas serving those most vulnerable and in need of basic necessities such as food, shelter, and medicine.

 

Your synod staff and leadership have worked hard to ensure that congregations and individuals can continue to worship regularly and safely.  Since mid-March we have produced daily “Pause and Pray” online devotions, (now available M-W-F), to remind viewers of God’s never-ending love and presence in our lives. We have recorded and distributed weekly online Sunday worship services, so that we all may continue worshipping together. We have developed guidelines to help you safely conduct worship services and continue to support our congregations in determining how to express love for our neighbors in this time of chaos.

 

In these difficult and often paralyzing times, we invite you to join individuals and congregations across our synod to reach out and share Christ’s message of faith, hope, and love to all those in spiritual, mental, or physical need by making an additional financial gift to support the ministry we do together.  Thank you for your continued support. Your additional gifts will help us continue proclaiming and living out the gospel in these days so that all might know of the love and hope of God.

 

God's Blessings,

If choosing 'other' please include a note in the memo to direct your gift.

The Rev. Susan Candea, Bishop

Ms. Nancy Nagel, Synod VIce President

Mr. Scott Schulte, Synod Treasurer

The Rev. Chad Langdon, Synod Secretary