by Roland Lovstad
In conjunction with the 2010 LCMS Convention, congregations and their members are invited to participate in prayers and in gathering a national offering to continue their commitment to the mission of Christ through the ministry of Word and Sacrament.
Building on the convention theme, “ONE People—Forgiven,” the offering emphasizes “ONE People Sharing Christ’s Love.” The national offering will be directed to areas where support is most needed in the work of congregations through the Synod. Gifts can be designated to these four areas:
- National and international mission planting
- Congregation revitalization
- Stewardship renewal and education
- Additional national mission and ministry needs
“Your prayers and support for our beloved Synod are essential,” LCMS President Gerald B. Kieschnick writes in a special message to members of the Synod. “As the decline of Christian influence in our communities is becoming more obvious, it is more important than ever to help people live confidently for Christ and embrace people with His love.”
Offering information and materials were sent to congregations in early May. Congregation members have the option to make personal donations using individual envelopes or to gather all the gifts of members and have the circuit delegate deliver the gift during the opening worship service at the convention.
About the Author: Roland Lovstad is an editor-at large for The Lutheran Witness and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Perryville, Mo.