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Faith in Action!

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It’s that time of the year again when students and teachers are returning to school, fall activities and sports are beginning, and we start planning for our congregation’s ministry in 2018. Everything that happens at Peace Lutheran Church depends upon the commitment, support and participation of the people God has called and brought together in this place. A dedicated and capable church staff and leadership can provide vision and guidance with the help of God’s Holy Word and the power of God’s Holy Spirit. But without the people who gather for worship, pray, share the Lord’s Supper, study the Scriptures, serve others in need, and financially support Christ’s mission, the church cannot thrive.

Our annual fall Stewardship Campaign offers the opportunity for each one of us to put our faith into action. There is a direct correlation between our commitment to Jesus Christ and the way we use the gifts and resources God has placed in our hands. When we as individuals prayerfully plan our giving and involvement in Christ’s church, his church can most effectively plan and fulfill our mutual ministry.

During September and October, you will be receiving information and handouts to help you prepare your Plan for Giving and Time and Gifts Sharing. Jesus talks about money more than any other subject, because we are all in danger of money controlling us instead of us controlling money. Scripture provides abundant advice and guidelines to help us, if we will only hear and take to heart what God’s Word tells us concerning our wealth and giving. “You cannot serve two masters; you cannot serve God and wealth.” (Luke 16:13) Scripture also clearly informs us about using the gifts and abilities God has given us in service to others and to the glory of God.  “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Peter 4:10)

As you receive Stewardship information during the next couple of months, please consider it carefully. Sunday, November 5, when we celebrate All Saints Sunday, we will also celebrate the gifts and resources our good and gracious God has given us, by placing on his altar during morning worship our response to God’s grace through our 2018 Plan for Giving and Time and Gifts haring. The Lord has blessed Peace Lutheran over the past seven years for our faithfulness, and he will continue to bless us the next year and beyond for our generous response to his faithfulness!

Pastor Kurt Wandrey