From the Pastor's desk

 

Always Being Made New: The campaign for the ELCA is an opportunity to look to the future of the ELCA, boldly responding to the needs of the world with a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. The five-year, $200 million-campaign will help the ELCA grow in communities of faith, form new leaders, welcome our neighbors, overcome malaria, confront hunger and poverty, accompany our global churches, and more. Together, we can achieve things on a scale and scope that induvial congregations could not do alone.

Details of Campaign may be found at: www.elca.org/Resources/Campaign-for-the-ELCA

2018 marks the campaign for the ELCA’s annual theme year of “Leadership.” Priorities this year include the ELCA Fund for Leaders, which supports future rostered leaders of this church.

Many of our seminary students complete seminary with large debts. Many seminary graduates are often called to serve churches unable to pay wages that allow new leaders to reduce their student loans.

Twenty some years ago, when Wendy and I made the decision that I would attend seminary, the Fund for Leaders did not exist. That said, we were blessed to receive scholarships from our home congregation, Bethany Lutheran of Batavia, IL; from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; and perhaps the one contribution that meant the most—a monthly check from a kind, loving man named George Von-Hoff, a member of our congregation. Generosity helped me finish seminary with little debt and allowed me to focus on serving in my first call.

Wendy and I have supported the Always Being Made New campaign, and as it begins 2018 with a focus on future leadership in our church I would ask that you consider a gift too. You can give online, using the link provided above or by marking a pew envelope “Campaign for the ELCA” or “Always Being Made New.”

Wishing you a blessed and safe 2018 and serving with you in Christ,

Pastor Tom Hillertz