Share Your Love For The Lord
Share Your Love For The Lord
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.
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.
ELCA WORLD HUNGER 40 DAYS OF GIVING
Social Ministry is donating 10% of Lenten Soup donations to support the ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. In addition, they will also match up to $600 of what the congregation gives to the ELCA World Hunger throughout Lent.
CURRENT FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
The Saint Andrew food pantry currently needs the following items:
+catsup (24 oz), +mustard (6 oz), +mayo (32 oz)
+saltine crackers, +pancake mix +pancake syrup
+canned soups (18 oz), +jelly, +1# box spaghetti noodles
+spaghetti sauce (24 oz) +diced canned tomatoes
+whole canned tomatoes +tomato sauce
Items can be dropped off in the baskets inside the building entrances.
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