Share Your Love For The Lord
Share Your Love For The Lord
Now more than ever we are grateful for a gift of any amount you might share to further support the ministry of Saint Andrew. What you share makes a difference as we seek to be “open to all” in this time when many feel isolated. For the many ways you give, thank you. To share an offering:
Most churches include an offering as part of the weekly worship service. As we know, God does not need any of our time or our money. It is we who need to give it. We need to be generous. Offerings are one way to express our generosity and to express our devotion to God in an act of worship. Offerings are one of the ways we respond out of gratitude to God and remain faithful to the mission to which God is calling us.
God is our life, our hope, our future. Offerings to God are one of the ways his people worship and express their thanksgiving for God’s boundless love and grace.
Weekly offerings support the mission and ministry of Saint Andrew as well as local outreach to the community. Additionally, a portion of weekly offerings are designated by the congregation for the mission support of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin and the ELCA — Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as we respond to ministry opportunities here and around the world to further the mission of this church.
Once a month a special collection is made which is offered up to a specific community group or a special event occurring at Saint Andrew which may include fund raising. The special collection is called “noisy offering” since it involves dropping our pocket change and other coins brought to worship into large metal cans! The children attending any particular service carry the cans up and down the aisles letting everyone drop in their coins into the cans with a clatter!. To our children, the noisy offering process displays. through a real act, what it means to give and support something important in our lives.
What is Fair Trade? “Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.” (As defined by the World Fair Trade Organization.)
Fair Trade is more than just trading:
+ It proves that greater justice in world trade is possible.
+ It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.
+ It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.
Here at Saint Andrew we support Fair Trade, through the wholesaler, Equal Exchange, in two ways:
1. Retail Sales to members.
Once a month Fair Trade products, including coffee, tea and chocolate are offered for sale in the Fellowship Hall. These are sold at or near cost. Our home page of the web site lists the next date that products are for sale.
2. Brewed coffee served at fellowship and other events.
Our Social and Fellowship Ministries have partnered together to support the use of Fair Trade coffees for all brewed coffee at Saint Andrew. The coffees, both regular and decaf, are organic. The use of these products day in and day out again show our support of the social and economic opportunities that their use represents.
To learn more about Fair Trade and Equal Exchange click here.
You can now order your favorites using our online order forms. After they are filled you can arrange to pick up your order at church. We have two forms for your use:
+ Order form for Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate
+ Order form for Home Products and Clothing Items
Your purchase of fair trade products help directly support the individual artisans and independent farmers from around the world!
During the weekend services (and mid-week services) we have a time to give to God during the service.
Transfer Offering Electronically (Automated Giving)
It is now possible and convenient to give online (either one time or automatically) using this website.
If you have any questions about these giving opportunities or other ways you can support the mission and ministry of Saint Andrew please contact the Church Office.Saint Andrew Thank You For Your Generosity