By Rev. Keith Pearson, ELCA Foundation Yes, it’s going to be a different Christmas this year. We may not join together at church surrounded by friends, neighbors and family from near and far. We may not join our voices together singing joyful and familiar Christmas songs. We may not gather the clan together around a […]
By Rev. Keith Pearson, ELCA Foundation This past Memorial Day weekend I visited the graves of my parents. At my side was my beloved wife and our daughter and only child. My mother passed away quite young at the age of 66. My father lived to a good, full age of 86. There was a […]
Gift Planning Zoom Conversation We, in the church, are no strangers to talking about life and death. But why, then, are we so reluctant to talk with our people about planning for the inevitable? What opportunities are we missing? What lessons for life and faith are we failing to provide? How can a simple conversation […]
+Rev. Dee Pederson, Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA Dearly beloved in Christ – Our stewardship teaching focuses on giving as a spiritual practice, shifting from a mindset of scarcity to sufficiency & abundance. But how do we do that today when it feels like there’s scarcity all around us? We as the church trust in […]
A tax law that makes it easy to give? A way for you to experience tax savings and benefit the church you love? Yes! If you are 70 ½ or older, and have a traditional IRA, giving directly to your congregation or to your SW MN Synod from that IRA can provide tax advantages for […]
The ELCA Foundation is excited to welcome Rev. Keith Pearson as the Regional Gift Planner for Northwestern and Southwestern Minnesota Synods. Rev. Pearson most recently served at Peace Lutheran in New London, MN. Keith will serve ELCA congregations and ministries in developing policies and practices to equip these ministries to promote and accept asset-based and […]
Mission support is the term used to describe that percentage of the tithes and offerings your congregation shares beyond your local ministry site. The mission support you send is invested here in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod and globally through our ELCA because we live out God’s vision and mission. Thank you! Your mission support makes […]
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These documents below consist of an original newsletter article and RCL-based “stewardship snippets” that can be cut and paste into congregation publications. It also has web resources to explore the theme set out in the newsletter articles. Thank you to Rev. Robert Blezard for his work! June – Develop a heart of generosity July – […]
This month’s theme: Stewardship of community Created by Rev. Rob Blezard Copyright © 2019, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission. Pastor Blezard works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org and serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and. He blogs at www.thestewardshipguy.com.