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.
March Ministry Moment
The ministry of the Altar Guild is a true servant ministry, accomplished reverently and quietly. Whether baking communion bread, setting the Lord’s Table, or caring for liturgical linens and paraments, our members who serve on this team help make our worship beautiful and fulfilling for all. Throughout a typical year they ensure more
than 160 worship services are prepared and carried out. Holy Week is one of the busiest weeks on the liturgical calendar for the Altar Guild with so many different worship services, and one of the most meaningful - particularly in the poignant act of the stripping of the altar at the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday service. This month we recognize and thank all who serve in our Altar Guild ministry!
Will and Estate Planning Workshop
First will offer a free Will and Estate Planning Workshop on Sunday, April 22 at 11 a.m. in Conference Room A, following Sunday worship. The presenter is Trista Foster, Vice President and Trust Officer at American Bank and Trust Company.
An expert in estate planning, probate and trust administration, Trista will outline the basics of wills and estate planning
tools and help you understand how having a plan in place benefits you and your loved ones. Seating is limited and reservations are requested to the church office. Refreshments will be provided by our Stewardship Team!
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 email@example.com.
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!
Stewardship 2017 — First, We Give Of Ourselves
This fall, our focus will be "Giving in Grace." We will explore together the wonderful gift of God's grace in Christ and how it
is the foundation of our discipleship and giving. What does it mean to experience God's generosity and to live with generous hearts? Through this and other questions we will engage our sense of discipleship and grow in the sharing of all our gifts for ministry. We are looking forward to this year being a time of intentional growth in discipleship and generosity.
Our Kick-Off Sunday for "First, We Give Of Ourselves: Giving in Grace" was the weekend of September 30
& October 1. Our fall emphasis will culminate with a celebration of ministry and the sharing of commitments of
how we can "give of ourselves" in ministry on the weekend of November 11 & 12.
Bulletin Insert 3 - September 30 & October 1, 2017
Bulletin Insert 4 - October 7 & 8, 2017
Bulletin Insert 5 - October 14 & 15, 2017
Bulletin Insert 6 - October 21 & 22, 2017
Bulletin Insert 7 - October 28 & 29, 2017
Bulletin Insert 8 - November 4 & 5, 2017 & Growth in Giving Gift Chart
Bulletin Insert 9 - November 11 & 12, 2017
First, We Give Of Ourselves: "Giving in Grace" Update
Stewardship Ministry gives thanks to God for the generosity of this congregation! On Commitment Weekend, 115 commitments were received, totaling $311,542.00. It’s not too late to return your 2018 Commitment Card. You can
return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate. Commitment cards are available at the Welcome Center.
Also, you are invited to consider “Simply Giving” in 2018. “Simply Giving” is an automated giving program that enables
weekly or monthly ACH transactions. “Simply Giving” forms are available at the Resource Center and at www.firstgeneseo.org/Ministries/stewardship.html.
First Lutheran Church Stewardship of Gifts Team
Pastor Laura Kamprath, Pastor Lynn Bergren, Anne Calder, Susan Hanford, and Lynn Lindell