Pastor Mary's office hours are: Monday 10-2pm Tuesday 9-12 and Wednesday 12-3 If you'd like to meet outside these hours, please call ahead to be sure she is in the office. Contact by church phone (715-879-5115), home phone (715-309-4065) or by email at: meide@luthersem.edu

October 2018

"Encouraging faith and proclaiming God's love by Gathering, Growing and Giving."





THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARY

Fall greetings everyone!

In November we will begin a three-week stewardship emphasis titled Experiencing the Joy of Generosity. This will be an exciting and beneficial three weeks of messages and worship around this theme. I hope this will be a blessing to those who already are experiencing the joy of being generous with the gifts God has given to them, and will help many more experience the joy that comes from giving faithfully and generously.

When we give to God through giving to our church and others, we experience one of the true joys of being Christians. Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). God doesn't need our gifts, but God asks us to give them. God accepts and uses them and gives us joy in sharing them. As we respond to God's love for us by giving back part of what God's given to us, God reacts by giving us even more. "Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you" (Luke 6:38). Although we don't give so that we will receive God's blessings, God's Word promises us that, when we give faithfully and willingly, we will receive an abundance of spiritual blessings and, for some, material blessings as well.

Have you ever wondered why you are left with such a joyful feeling when you are able to give a gift to your church or to help a person in need? The answer to that question may be rooted in us as Christians who are being recreated in the image of God. To be made in God's image means we are made to be like God whose nature is to give. Giving helps us feel fulfilled as we reflect God's nature. Although the image of God was lost by sin, as those converted by faith in Jesus, we "have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator" (Colossians 3:10). Our Creator empowers us to give joyfully to our church and others according to God's will. With this attitude of joyful gratitude, God keeps us close, and others see God's image through us.

I hope and pray that the emphasis Experiencing the Joy of Generosity will be a blessing to you and your family!

Grace and peace to you,
Pastor Mary


Last updated: September 1st, 2018