As ELCA Lutherans, we faithfully steward the gifts God has so abundantly given to us. Stewardship is so much more than money. It is about how we use all that God has entrusted to our care — our time, our talents and our treasures — to love God and love our neighbors, both inside and outside of the church walls and our homes.
Below are some stewardship resources you are invited to look at, also please contact Rev. Walter Baires, the Director of Evangelical Mission in the synod, to help with your stewardship conversations (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2020 Triennial Gathering in Phoenix – July 16th-19th
Women from around the synod are encouraged to attend this wonderful event. So far, we have 17 women attending from the South Central Synod of Wisconsin. When registering, we are Region 5K.
$450 – round trip airfare from Madison (O’hare is cheaper but you have costs of getting to & from O’hare)
$325 – Triennial Gathering registration (price goes up to $375 on Jan. 7, 2020)
$235 – 3 nights in a hotel sharing with 1 roommate. If you share a room with 3, it will be $157 each.
$150 – 3 days of meals
Note: Total does not reflect airport shuttle service on either end of the trip. Van Galder bus fare (one way) from Madison to O’Hare is $34. Shuttle service from airport to downtown Phoenix is $39 (one way).
Helpful website: https://www.womenoftheelca.org/new-triennial-event-page
Contact Janna Smith if you would like to attend. email@example.com
The idea of collecting donations in small offering boxes goes back to the early 1800s, when church women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to raise money. Mite boxes were given out as fundraising tools to collect pennies for the support of church projects and foreign missionaries. In later years, Lutheran women were given small Thankoffering boxes to place in a special location in their homes as a visible reminder of blessings received. Women would add coins to those boxes as particular blessings were noted.
Giving Thankofferings is grounded in scripture and in the WELCA constitution. “All income, whether received by the unit, conference, synodical or churchwide organization, shall be viewed as being given to the total program of Women of the ELCA.”