Dear Friends/Members of WLLC:
We have been given a 'challenge' by a member of West Linn Lutheran Church. This family will donate up to $7,000.00 over and above regular giving, and they challenge all of us to match their gift - $2 for every $1. The Council has chosen to label this challenge, "Courageous Invitation Challenge". They invite you to do two things between now and the end of the year:
1-- INVITE friends, family members (even those across the country), and neighbors into our worship time each week, either live at 9 am on Sundays or anytime on the West Linn Lutheran Church YouTube Channel; and
2-- GIVE MONEY over and above your regular giving to make our budget balance by the end of the year.
With only virtual worship, it is taking courageous giving to meet our regular needs. Many of you are doing that - thank you! How about joining the "Courageous Invitation Challenge"? Let us make sure we continue to be a viable and vibrant Body of Christ for the world around us. Thank you.
Member Stewardship Videos
Recently, we asked members of West Linn Lutheran Church to discuss what this community meant to them. Please listen to the following videos, to hear firsthand their insights.
Gary and Jan Eppelsheimer
Kathy and Mike Delano
Carol and Chuck Geldaker
GOD - FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW
- We give joyfully from the heart—as a response to the all we receive from God, who includes us in the Circles of Living and Circles of Life.
- We give from … an attitude that our offerings not only benefit the receiver but the giver as well. The spiritual discipline of giving makes us more generous people in all aspects of our lives.
- We give from … a commitment that our baptism calls us be good stewards of the earth and its resources, and of the time, resources and abilities that God has given us.
- We give from … the desire to counter the materialism and consumerism so rampant in our society.
- We give from … the invitation to be good stewards of our money and resources. Some say the church shouldn’t talk about money, but Jesus says much about responding to the poor, and the dangers of greed and wealth that is not shared.
- We give joyfully to the church (for most of us, West Linn Lutheran) for it is the place of sanctuary where we receive spiritual formation through worship, community, and service.
- We give to … the ministry of a congregation because there are costs associated with running a church such as salaries, program, and building expenses.
- We give to … West Linn Lutheran because we value its ministry and the mission it declares, its stance of welcome and acceptance, and the stands it takes for inclusivity, justice and equality.
- We give to … the church and other charitable organizations because we are called to care for the poor, the needy and most vulnerable of our society.
- We give to … the church in generous and sacrificial ways differently than we give to support a museum or public radio. Our offerings and tithes flow from our faith and spiritual commitments.
We believe that giving is an act of worship. It is one way to make possible that part of our vision to “make a difference in the world.”