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“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

John 3:16

When we make the sign of the cross, we start by making a vertical line down from our heads to our hearts. This symbolic movement reminds us that everything we have—tangible and intangible— comes down from God. We have only to look around to see his beautiful creation and abundance that sustain us; we have only to ask to experience his love and blessings.

The ultimate gift that comes down to us is Jesus, the very reason for our Christian faith. God comes down to us directly through Jesus. As we learned in what is most likely the first Bible verse we memorized, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” When we accept Jesus as God’s son come down to us, we receive forgiveness, grace and salvation.

According to Clarence Stoughton, former president of Wittenberg University, stewardship is everything we do after we say “I believe.” It is the way in which we use all of the resources that God has entrusted to our care so that we can love God and our neighbor.

In November at LCOS we will be giving our annual stewardship response. Please take some time over the next few weeks to ask yourself in what ways has God come down to you in love? How are you stewarding the grace, the story and the creation that God has entrusted to you?

God gave us his Son and his grace freely. Having been a receiver, how are you now able to be a giver?

Congregational Support: January – August 2020

Year Average YTD Attendance Total General Fund Offerings
2018 190 $210,730
2019 187 $223,998
2020 232* $252,898**

*Church closed for COVID-19 during March 2020.
Weekly attendance is calculated using a formula provided by the ELCA: number of one-minute views on our livestream multiplied by 2 to get the number of people worshipping by livestream. Add the actual number of people joining the Reflections service by Zoom to get the total number in attendance for any given week.

**This amount is $25,762 under what was budgeted.

Thank you for your continued support during this pandemic