Faith is a response to what God has done and continues to do for us. As Christians, we believe that forgiveness and eternal life are gifts of grace from God. They are not something we deserve; but rather gifts from a loving God. One way that we respond to these gifts is to make offerings of our financial resources so that this gospel message is taught and preached. Through our offerings, we can make a difference in people’s lives every day!
At First Lutheran, we make two financial promises to support the ministry of Christ’s church.
The First Lutheran General Fund provides the annual financial support for all of the core ministries of the church. The congregation also gives gifts to worthy beneficiaries that provide resources for children’s ministries, bible camping, emergency assistance, overseas missionaries, seminaries, nursing homes, etc.
The Follow Your Heart Appeal is a three-year initiative that provides funding for special FLC Needs and others in our community, regionally and internationally. Follow Your Heart Gifts also seeks to keep the church in optimal condition, add improvements that help our congregation thrive and attract potential new members.
Follow Your Heart Mission Gifts can be designated to one, several or all of the following organizations:
Love Stoughton Area is a new and exciting mission for FLC. The church will solicit projects from area non-profit organizations for the congregation to complete as weather permits. Such projects might include building wheelchair ramps, doing landscaping, painting, minor construction repairs, deep cleaning, installing gardens, etc. FLC members are invited to donate their time and talents to complete these projects! People with all kinds of skill sets will be needed. Please check the box on the promise card to indicate your interest in helping.
START, SToughton Area Resource Team assists Stoughton area residents in need through social worker Cindy Thompson. Appeal gifts will be used to offer counseling, provide care and meet immediate needs of those in our community who are struggling. As a result, they will also help people “get back on their feet” so that they can provide for themselves and gain more self respect in the process.
Medical Missionaries Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson serve the poorest of poor in Arusha, Tanzania. They built a new Plaster House for patients recovering from surgery and created a new nursing school to train young medical professionals to join their hospital staff. For only $500, they can provide surgeries to correct club feet, cleft palates and a host of other problems that would not be possible without our appeal gifts. The ambulance donated by FLC in 2015 is used regularly to transport the poor to medical facilities who otherwise would suffer or even die in their homes.
Lutheran World Relief can help anyone, practically anywhere in the world! Whether it is mudslides in Peru, a drought in Africa, an earthquake in Indonesia or refugees from a civil war in the Middle East, LWR is there to provide aid and support to those who are suffering. Appeal gifts can reach out and comfort those who have been victimized and give them hope for a brighter future in tangible ways.
Lutherdale Bible Camp inspires youth & adults to learn about Jesus in the great outdoors. The camp would like to build a new retreat center for adults. Matching funds have already been given for this project. Since major fund raising is an ongoing process, it is likely that all of FLC’s appeal gifts will be matched dollar for dollar. That means people of all ages can experience Lutherdale’s hospitality while growing in their faith.