Who will be your congregation’s next rostered leader?
Who will serve as pulpit supply for your congregation?
How will the sons and daughters of your congregation who have the
gifts to preach and lead receive the training they need to do both?
Advent Appeal 2018
We invite you to address these questions through your financial gifts to the Advent Appeal! With your gift we will provide financial resources for training, background checks, and colleague programs to make sure those who hear God’s call to preach and lead communities in worship in Southwestern Minnesota can do this ministry without placing all of the financial burden on them to answer God’s call.
Here is a picture of those who attended the most recent Lay Preachers Retreat. These events, which cost $300/person, are held three times a year to equip lay preachers for our synod.
We are known as an equipping synod, but we need your help to make sure no one with the gifts to preach and lead worship are left out because of their lack of financial support to prepare them for service.
Here are two ways you can give:
Send your financial support today! Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by a $10,000 gift from Bethel Lutheran Church Endowment Fund in Willmar if it is received by December 31st.
- Mail your gift to SW MN Synod, ELCA, PO Box 499, Redwood Falls, MN 56283. Checks are made out to the SW MN Synod with Advent Gift in the memo.
- And/or make a commitment to give at least $10 monthly for all of 2019 by signing up for a recurring direct payment (ACH debit) through the synod’s online giving. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Endowment Fund in Montevideo has promised a gift of $5,000 when at least 50 people sign up for a recurring gift. Go to www.swmnelca.org and click on Online Giving. (Reminder: the synod pays a service fee for all credit card transactions, checking/savings account transactions are free!) If you need help setting up a recurring gift, please call the synod office, 507-637-3904 or click here for step by step pictures with instructions.
Let us as the people of God use our gifts to support the gifts of others.
Thank you for your willingness to share your gifts through this Advent Appeal to continue the ministry of your synod’s Embrace God’s Mission + Equip God’s People Funding Initiative.
May your light shine,
+Bishop Jon V. Anderson