“Standing on the Promise” campaign continues in congregations throughout the
ELCA-Southeastern Synod. To date, totals
in pledging/giving are $2.7 million. Recently,
Lutheran Church of Redeemer, Savannah, GA ran a congregational campaign for
Lutheranch, with Susan Tellefsen serving as the congregational leader. Redeemer’s average attendance is 75. Their total giving/pledging for the campaign
Rev. Steve Hilgeman, pastor of Redeemer, shared his thoughts concerning the
congregation’s response to the “Standing on the Promise” campaign. He said that they encouraged members to: “Give
as God leads you to do so and the results will handle themselves." He also
shared that the members focused on the idea that: “It was all about sending children
and families to camp!”Pr.
Hilgeman continued, “It is important to know that this campaign was designed to
be followed immediately by our annual stewardship drive. The congregation knew that and they responded
in kind in the second [stewardship] campaign. The Holy Spirit moved this congregation
significantly. The number of pledging
members has increased and toverall giving has given us the confidence to
increase our proposed budget by an additional 10-12%, if approved at the annual
meeting in January.”Libby
Bedenbaugh, Senior Development Associate remarked, “We are grateful for
congregations like Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Savannah.” She went on to say, “There is still time for
congregations to conduct a campaign before it concludes in January 2015.” If
you would like information on how your congregation can participate, please
contact Libby Bedenbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-940-6523.
ALL TENNESSEE 2018
122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee. During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon. Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief. To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground. Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.