Stewardship & Spiritual Gifts
Stewardship is everything we do after we say, "I believe." When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we know that everything
we have and everything we are comes from God. Therefore, stewardship is our response to all the gifts that we have already
received--our selves, our family, our vocation, our talents, our past and our future.
God has given each Christian two vitally important gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, his work of redemption, and thus forgiveness of sin. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities, which are to be used for the purpose of unifying the body
of Christ and for the growth of God's Kingdom. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism.
Like other presents, it is impossible to fully appreciate and make use of our spiritual gifts until they have been opened. Follow the link below to visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Spiritual Gifts Inventory online assessment. This tool will help you begin to open your spiritual gifts by guiding you through the following three activities:
Highlighting scripture: references that both support the existence of spiritual gifts and identify those which are commonly found in service today.
Self Assessment: a list of 60 questions which will help you identify which gifts you have received in greatest measure.
Exploration of Use: suggestions for the various types of ministry you might be most effective in because of your spiritual gifts. These three activities will begin to help you discover and employ your spiritual gifts. May the special abilities God has given you be deployed in areas of ministry where they will be most effective for the good of the entire church body. These gifts should also be affirmed by the body and utilized by the one who is gifted.
Spiritual Gifts Inventory Self Assessment
After you score your inventory continue the process by learning more about the different Spiritual Gifts. To discuss even more about Spiritual Gifts and putting your gifts to use at First, contact the church office at 944-3196.
May Ministry Moment
According to Youth & Family Director, Haylee Gustafson, “The youth program provides a space where our youth can grow in their faith, create friendships, and learn to serve others.” Haylee has been leading the youth programs on Wednesday afternoon for the past year, including several programs for ages Kindergarten through high school.
Faithtime — 51 students from K-6th grade meets on Wednesdays from 3:15-5:30 p.m. It provides an opportunity for youth to participate in Bible study, music, games, and snacks. In addition to Haylee, Linda Schmidt and Mike Eckwell lead music, Katie Curcuru leads games, and our 25 wonderful adult volunteers who teach, assist with groups, help with snack time and transportation. Jenn Johnson coordinates the Faithtime family meal and snack.
Confirmation — Sixteen 7th & 8th grade students prepare for the Rite of Confirmation, led by Pastor Laura, on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Four adult mentors also volunteer each week. Special activities include a Fall Weekend Retreat at LOMC, Summer Camp at LOMC, and service projects such as Boo-4-Food and making Thanksgiving Baskets for the Food Pantry.
High School Youth Group — Students in 9th-12th grade participate in Bible Study and other activities on Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Pastor Matt and Haylee leads the high school program in Bible Study, games, service projects, Youth Auction and attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston in June.
This month we recognize and thank all who serve in our vital programs for Youth Ministry!
Manage Your Church Giving Online!
First Lutheran is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet.
Simply follow these easy steps:
1) Visit the church website at www.firstgeneseo.org
2) Click on the Give Online link on the home page
3) Click on the Create Profile button
4) Follow the instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions
Your giving will flow seamlessly to the church office and be credited to your annual giving statement. Questions? Contact the church office at 944-3196!
Did you know...?
Did you know that you can sign up for your offering to be received via automated giving (ACH transactions)? First Lutheran uses
a program called “Simply Giving” through which you can authorize weekly or monthly transactions from your savings or checking account. You can give an offering to the General Fund, and also make regular gifts to other funds, such as the Capital Campaign or
the Building Fund. By doing this, you ensure that your offering is received regularly, even when you forget your offering envelope or check book, or when you are traveling or unable to come to church. Each ACH transaction costs $0.28, so a monthly automated gift costs the church less than offering envelopes. Many members already give their offering this way. If you would like to begin using Simply Giving, pick up a form at the Resource Center, fill it out and turn it in to the church office. When you submit your form, you
will be removed from the offering envelope mailing list, although you will maintain your envelope number, which can still be used
with the pew envelopes for special gifts. If you have any questions, talk with Financial Secretary Lynn Lindell by calling the church
office or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply Giving Authorization Form
Gift your IRA RMD
Do you have an IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) this year? If you are 70½ or older you can gift all or a portion of your RMD straight from your IRA to First Lutheran to support the work of God’s hands in our congregation, and at the same time bypass paying income tax on the gift portion of your distribution. Simply inform your IRA servicer you wish to make
a Qualified Charitable Distribution to First Lutheran Church. For more information contact the church office.
First Lutheran Accepts Gifts of Stock!
Gifts of appreciated assets, such as stock, are great ways to financially support the ministries you value at First Lutheran
and at the same time you may be able to avoid capital gains tax on the gifted asset. Check with your accountant regarding what appreciated assets may be most advantageous for you to gift before the end of the year!