tends to be equated with raising money for the church.
Of course, it takes money for congregation's to operate; but
stewardship is much more than money. As baptized Christians
we are called to be faithful stewards of all that God has given
us: our lives and the mission of the church.
many ways, stewardship is the most important guiding principle
for our lives. Stewardship is about how we participate
in and take care of our families, our community, our nation
and even our world. This means that stewardship is much
more than dollars-and-cents. It is all of life, and it
is faithfully using the abundance God has generously given us
is God's nature to be generous. When the Bible talks about
God's generosity, it is usually in terms of
the whole community rather than just an individual. In
other words, the intent of God's generosity is for the community
of faith to be abundantly blessed so that they can be generous
blessings to others - living into God's mission to redeem the
means church is the community of faithful people acting together
as stewards fo God's mission. As the Apostle Peter writes,
we are "good stewards of the manifold grace of God"
(1st Peter 4:10). This means that we already
have all the abundant (manifold) gifts and resources that we
need to take part in God's mission. God would never give
us less than we need for the sake of the mission!
stewardship means at East Side
East Side Lutheran we try to see ourselves as created, called
and sent by God as a community of faith that has been abundantly
blessed so that we can take part in God's mission to redeem
the world. In this way, we are both servants and stewards
of the mission. As the Apostle Paul says, "Think
of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's
mysteries" (1st Corinthians 4:1).
goal at East Side is to help each other recognize the abundance
God has given us (as individuals and as a congregation) and
then use that abundance to live more fully into the mission
God has sent before us.
to God's Mission in and through East Side Lutheran Church
teaches us in the parables (Matthew 25:14-30 & 24:45-51)
that everything belongs to God, and everything means everything:
people, assets, facilities, and even the mission to which God
has called us. We belong to God. The church belongs
to God. The mission belongs to God. And - one way or another
- God will make sure that the mission will get done.
is one - just one - of the blessings God has given us.
The faithful use of this gift involves giving just a portion
(not all) of the money God has given us to further the mission.
this is why offerings are given at every worship service - we
are offering some of God's abundant blessings to help make the
mission happen. Our offerings reflect our faithfulness
and our trust in God's abundant blessings.
are many ways you can support God's mission through the life
and mission of East Side Lutheran Church:
Fund - Gifts support the overall
ministry of the congregation
Fund - Gifts help reduce the debt on the building
Ministry - Gifts support the broadcast of our 9:30
am worship service over KSOO Radio (1140 AM). Our worship
services have been continuously broadcast on KSOO Radio at 11:00
am for 60 years!
Fund - gifts to East Side's Endowment Fund are wisely
invested and the annual income is used to support four specific
areas: global/national benevolences, local benevolences, student
scholarships to colleges/universities and capital improvements.
you desire to live out of God's abundance and into God's mission
through the life and mission of East Side Lutheran Church, you
may contribute in three ways:
transfers from checking or savings, or
online (at bottom left click Donate Online).
you are interested in financially supporting the mission of
East Side Lutheran Church, please contact:
- Finance Secretary
Side Lutheran Church
E 10th St
Falls, SD 57103-1796
605-336-3597 Ext. 12
If you would like information about leaving a gift for the mission
of East Side - or any church ministry - through you will, please
contact Pastor Olaf Roynesdal: Olaf@EastSideLC.org
Together, our gifts
further God's mission and make a difference in our community
and Talent Sheet for members
Commitment Form 2012 (pdf)