LCMC Blog [Stewardship Topic] http://www.lcmc.net/blog/feed?topic=25 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Video: Our Association Needs Your Support http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/video-our-association-needs-your-support/a840.html Mon, 05 Nov 18 00:00:00 -0700 *** For a video version of this request, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. ***


Dear Pastors, Leaders and Members of LCMC Congregations,

Our association needs your financial support.  At this point we are about 9% behind of our budgeted goals.  Please consider how you might support our association.

We believe that the congregation is the front line of ministry.  Your financial contributions make possible the training and equipping of people in the local church by our staff who come out to the congregations of LCMC at no cost.  Travel, food and lodging is covered by our annual budget.

Our staff offers resources and workshops for pastors, leaders and members of the local church in the local church and for the local church!  Call committee coaching, conflict resolution, planting churches, developing missional thinking, discipleship, evangelism and stewardship are just some of the workshops that we offer.  And every person on our staff is always ready to respond to the thousands of phone calls, emails, and texts that pour in each year!

Our boards meet five times each year, and they are elected from all across the US and even beyond.  They are all volunteers!  LCMC provides for their travel, food and lodging.  Their agendas are always packed and they take their work very seriously.

Your financial contributions help us to fulfill our commitments:  to our staff, for travel, and to maintain and develop our administrative resources:  webpage, computers, print costs and more.

Please consider how you might support our association with your financial gifts to LCMC.

Sincerely In Christ on behalf of the Board of Trustees,

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig
Service Coordinator, LCMC


*** For more information or to make a donation, click here. ***

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LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2015 Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-staff-welcomes-photo-submissions-for-2015-annual-gathering-book/a645.html Wed, 25 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0600 Our 15th Annual Gathering, themed “Our DNA”, is all about celebrating what it truly means for us to be Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:  

  • We’re free in Christ
  • We’re accountable to one another
  • We’re rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
  • We’re all working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations

In accordance with this year’s theme, we’re inviting all “LCMC-ers” out there to show us, in a photograph, how their congregation exemplifies what it means to be an LCMC congregation. 

More detailed information, including a list of photo guidelines, can be found here

Special consideration will be given to all photos submitted on or before Tuesday, June 30th, however all photos received by Friday, July 31st will be considered for publication in our 2015 Annual Gathering Book and on our website.

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Annual Gathering and MFTH Project Statistics Announced! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-and-mfth-project-statistics-announced/a609.html Wed, 29 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 Earlier this month, 1,012 people from around the world came together in Des Moines, IA for LCMC’s 14th Annual Gathering.  

Throughout the year, the 833 congregations that make up LCMC came together to raise a total of $91,005.40 for our service project with Meals from the Heartland (13.75% more than our goal of $80,000).  On the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, many of the people who attended the gathering met up at the convention center and assembled a total of 291,168 meals[Watch Video]

During the Business Session of the gathering, Pastors Christopher Miller (Area 2) and Kenneth “Corky” Spitler (Area 5) were elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Pastors Nathan Hanson and Stephan Turnbull were appointed to serve on the Ministry Board.  

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced the launch of the LCMC Prayer Chain, an opportunity for people to sign up to pray for all of the congregations in LCMC on a weekly basis.  Click Here to learn more and sign up.

It was also announced that our 15th Annual Gathering will take place from October 4-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco, TX. 

Photo galleries from the Annual Gathering, downloadable copies of our 2014 Book, and presentation notes from our Keynote Speakers are now available at our website.  To view any of these materials, Click Here

Videos of our speakers will not be available until later this winter.  We will announce via E-Newsletter, blog, Facebook and Twitter when these videos have been posted.  

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WE DID IT! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/we-did-it/a592.html Mon, 08 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0600 Last year, we announced to all of our congregations that one of our goals as an association for 2014 was to raise $80,000 for our 14th Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland.  Today, we reached that goal! 

100% of the donations that we have received will be used to purchase enough food, packaging supplies and shipping to feed 400,000 people in need, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

The food packages will be assembled on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. by LCMC-ers from around the globe. 

The process of assembling and packaging the meals will require the help of about 1,000 people, so if you plan to attend the Annual Gathering this year, we need your help!  If you haven't already, please consider signing up to help package meals for an hour or two.  All you've got to do is check off one or both of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes when you Register for the Annual Gathering

If you have already registered for the Annual Gathering, but did not sign up to package meals and would like to, you can also notify our staff that you are interested via email at cathy@lcmc.net

See you in Des Moines! 

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Congregation Members Show Kindness, $5 at a Time http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/congregation-members-show-kindness-$5-at-a-time/a558.html Wed, 14 May 14 00:00:00 -0600
Pastor Brian Metke stated that, “We view Sunday morning services as a laboratory where we not only honor God, but where we learn how to extend the Kingdom of God into our day to day lives. We want people to experiment with stepping out of their comfort zone and showing Jesus’ love to others in a practical way.“

During the Christmas season Trinity collected $1,500 for our local relief fund and people naturally expected the church staff to dole out those funds to needy people.  We decided to throw the congregation a curve and help them to realize that the church is not primarily an institution, but the Body of Christ.  We wanted everyone at Trinity to begin to look for opportunities to reflect Christ’s presence.

People gave their money to folks begging on street corners in Milwaukee and Chicago. A number of people added to the $5’s and paid for people in the checkout line in the supermarket.  Parishioners secretly paid for dinners who were eating in a restaurant.  Countless cups of coffee were purchased for people in hospitals, gas stations and McDonalds.  Many folks stated that it was really hard to give the money away, they really had to think about how and who to bless with this gift.  The bottom line was that worshipers began to realize that they were Christ’s hands and feet and that they were blessed to be a blessing wherever they went.]]>
LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2014 Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-staff-welcomes-photo-submissions-for-2014-annual-gathering-book/a555.html Tue, 22 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0600 How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?  Whether you've organized a creative fundraiser to help raise money for our meal packaging project, traveled abroad on a mission trip, or put together a program to help reach out to the people in your very own community, we want to hear about it! 

 
For the next several weeks, our staff is inviting all "LCMC-ers" to send us photos of themselves (or fellow members of their congregation) "in Mission for Christ".  All photographs received by Thursday, July 31st will be considered by the LCMC Staff for possible inclusion in the design of the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering this October, and on our website!

From 5k races to beauty treatments to English as a Second Language programs, we've seen all kinds of interesting photos and creative ideas in the past.  We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.

 

Before you get started, please read through the requirements and instructions below.

What we're looking for:  Photos of you (or people in your congregation) in action!  For examples of photos we've used in the past, check out some of our previous books here

What we're not looking for:  Pictures of buildings, but no people. 
 

Here are a photo guidelines, terms & conditions:

  1. Our staff welcomes photo submissions from now through Thursday, July 31st, with special consideration being given to photos received by Monday, June 30th.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date will be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Please do not place text or clip art on photos, as these things can be difficult to read should we need to re-size your photo. 
  3. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high resolution/print quality images.  Very small and/or distorted images will not print clearly.
  4. Acceptable file types are: JPG (preferred), GIF, TIFF and PNG.  (No PDFs or Word documents, please!)
  5. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  6. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  7. Photos must be submitted by pastors, congregation members/staff or associate members of LCMC.  
  8. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  9. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph (see below for more info).  
  10. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.
     

How to Submit Photos:

Please be sure that we receive your photo entries no later than Wednesday, July 31.  All photos submitted to LCMC must be accompanied by the following information:

  1. A brief description of the photo(s) 
    • Who is in the photo?
    • When and where does it take place? 
    • What's going on in the photo?
    • How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?
  2. The name of the person submitting the photograph and/or the photographer's name
  3. The name of the congregation, and the city and state in which it's located. 

Photo entries and all accompanying information may be submitted to us in one of the following ways:

  1. Online:  Click here for an online form, which will allow you to upload a photo.
  2. Email:  Attach the photos to an email and include all description information in the body of the email.  Photo entries should be sent to Kristy Thomas, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for LCMC, at kristy@lcmc.net
  3. Flickr Users:  If you have a Flickr account and would like to submit your photos by sharing an album, please email a link to the album, along with the requested information, to kristy@lcmc.net.  If you are submitting multiple photos this year, we highly encourage you to submit your photos using this method. 
  4. Instagram:  Photos uploaded to Instagram will be considered for submission when accompanied by the hashtags #lcmc and #2014agbook

 

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LCSS Seeks Translated Copies of Luther's Small Catechisms http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcss-seeks-translated-copies-of-luthers-small-catechisms/a523.html Tue, 25 Mar 14 00:00:00 -0600 Pastor Jordon Long, President of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan (LCSS). 

The LCSS is a new church with no walls.  Most of its members worship in tents, huts, or open spaces. and they have no educational materials written in their indigenous languages. 

On March 14, Pastor Jordon was able to communicate with Eric Swensson and update the current situation for the LCSS. Around the area where Pastor Jordon lived, about 2000 people were killed.  It became necessary for him to leave that area.  The Christian College where Matthew Riak was at when the violence started had one security guard killed before it was taken over and still remains a military post.  Generally, the people of the LCSS have scattered, and are in hiding in the bush or have fled across the border to refugee camps.

Pastor Jordon will be staying in a refugee camp just across the border from South Sudan in Ethiopia. In the midst of all this chaos and despair, Pastor Jordon sees great opportunity to minister to the many desperate people around him in these refugee camps. He says the one thing that would be most helpful to him would be Luther's Small Catechisms translated in their native languages. He knows this would be the most useful tool he could have to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to so many people in need of Him.
Think about that!!! Pastor Jordan did not ask for money, food, water, shelter, or safety from harm, but for Luther's Small Catechisms to help him minister to the people around him in the refugee camps.

Currently, the LCSS website lists only four American friends and partners. They are: LCMC, the Augustana District of the LCMC, the Institute for Lutheran Theology (ILT), and the Disciple Ship.

The ILT has been in discussion with the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF), and they currently have the catechisms translated into the proper native language.  They are willing to work with us to get them to these refugee camps for Pastor Jordon to use. The books cost only a few dollars each. The LHF has a group going to Ethiopia at the end of April, and can help arrange for these catechisms to get to Pastor Jordon.

So, the timing of this appeal is immediate.

Please consider individually, or as a congregation, donating a few dollars to:

LCSS Catechisms
910 4th Street
Brookings, SD 57006


The North American headquarters of LCSS is at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, so please send any checks to LCSS in care of ILT.  100% of your donation will go to the catechisms.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Swensson at (914) 712-5440, or ejswensson@gmail.com.  He is also a member of the LCMC Missions Forum and will see any post that appears there.

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LCMC to Add New Staff Position, Package Meals in 2014 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-add-new-staff-position-package-meals-in-2014/a470.html Mon, 28 Oct 13 00:00:00 -0600 Budget for 2014One very important thing took place at our convention in Dearborn…we approved the budget for 2014! 

Our 2014 budget calls for a 16% increase in giving from our member congregations.  At first, this seems like a lot, and we have not often ever asked our congregations for more.  But, as our association has grown, so have the requests for greater resources and help. 

We remain committed to a horizontal structure and to finding ways to help the congregations, pastors and leaders carry out the work of ministry, however, this requires an increase in staff.  Our new position, Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry replaces the former position of Coordinator for Pastoral Certification and moves the position from ¾ time to full-time. 

The graph below shows clearly the growth with which we have been blessed.  But to whom much is given, much is required. 

Number of Congregations in LCMC

Still, this only requires an increase of $100 per congregation!  Some of us can do more, not all of us will be able to do that much…but this does not seem too great a challenge to continue to support what God is doing in and through LCMC.



Packaging Meals in Des Moines

One of the things that we are hoping to do at our Annual Gathering in Des Moines, IA next October is a service project! 

Meals from the Heartland is an agency that organizes people to package meals to send all around the world, as well as to areas here in the U.S.  You have maybe seen this happen, or even helped to do so in your area.  These efforts are also known as Kids Against Hunger, Feed My Starving Children, and others.

Our hope is to get 1,000 people to package meals on Tuesday night during our gathering.  If we can do this, we could package 400,000 meals together in two hours.  To purchase the supplies, the packaging, and to pay for shipping will require about $80,000 to be raised, and so we are asking each congregation to begin now to set aside funds in order to bring an offering to make all of this happen.  With 706 congregations in the US, this comes only to about $115 from each church.  Again, some of us can do more, some not as much, but we can all do something to help feed the world’s hungry.]]>
Members Invited to Share Photos for Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/members-invited-to-share-photos-for-annual-gathering-book/a409.html Thu, 16 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 dictionary definition

Get your cameras ready, because it's time to share with LCMC what your congregation has been up to for the past year!
 
In celebration of our 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", our staff is inviting pastors, leaders, church members and staff from any and all LCMC congregations to share with us in a photograph what your congregation has done over the past year in order to reflect financial stewardship, generosity and discipleship.  
 
All photographs submitted to our office by Wednesday, July 31st will be considered by the LCMC Staff for possible inclusion in the design of the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering this October!

We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.
 
Before you get started, please read through the requirements below.

What we're looking for: 
II Corinthians 8:1-7 -- We are interested in photographs taken by members, pastors, leaders or staff of any and all LCMC congregations that illustrate what your congregation is doing within itself, within its local community, or anywhere in the world to reflect "The Grace of Giving" and exemplify financial stewardship generosity and discipleship. 

What we're not looking for:  Pictures of buildings, but no people. 

Here are a few rules, guidelines and tips:

  1. Photo submissions will be taken from LCMC members until Wednesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM EST.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date may be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high quality images.  Very small or distorted images will not print clearly, and therefore we will be unable to include them.
  3. Acceptable file types are: JPG, GIF, TIFF and PNG.
  4. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  5. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  6. Photos must be submitted by congregations or associate members of LCMC.  
  7. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  8. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph. 
  9. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.

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Online Registration for Annual Gathering Now Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/online-registration-for-annual-gathering-now-open/a393.html Tue, 07 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 What would happen in your congregation if every household could give the first 10% back to God through the ministry of the local church? 
 
From October 6-9, 2013, come together with other pastors, leaders and church members from all over the world as Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ celebrates its 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", at the Adoba Hotel in historic Dearborn, MI.
 
This year’s annual gathering will give us a chance to think about how we can become more generous in our financial stewardship and more clear about our discipleship.  If we can recapture our commitment to making disciples, generosity will come!

Online registration is now open for all who wish to attend. Those who register early will receive:
  • The lowest possible registration fees from now through September 1
  • First dibs on tickets to our Tuesday night Dinner at the Henry Ford Museum event (we are expecting it to sell out fast!)
  • The peace of mind of no longer having it on that lengthy to-do list
Much more information on the event can be found here.  Additional details will be announced on our website as soon as they are available.

 
Info Updates:  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
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We are Going to the Motor City! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/we-are-going-to-the-motor-city/a368.html Tue, 26 Feb 13 00:00:00 -0700 www.adobadearborn.com).  The hotel has more than enough rooms for all who want to attend!

The theme for this year’s gathering is:  “The Grace of Giving”, as we consider how we might fund the Great Commission in our generation.  Our opening preacher for our Sunday evening worship is Pr. Derek Johnson of Community Church of Joy, Glendale, Arizona. 

Monday’s Bible study leader is Pastor Sue Gunderson, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin.  Monday’s keynote presentation will be given by Pr. Kyle Idelman, author of the book, “Not a Fan”.  Kyle is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky.  He is also the author and presenter of the award-winning video and curriculum series, “H2O: A Journey of Faith and the Easter Experience”.

Tuesday’s Bible study leader is Pastor John Lewis of Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, Nebraska.  Tuesday’s keynote presentation will be given by Chuck Bentley, who is the CEO of Crown Financial Ministries (www.crown.org).  Chuck leads this ministry that now reaches around the world with staff on every continent, a media presence throughout North and South America, and books and materials serving the spiritual and financial needs of all people, affluent, middle income, poor and ultra poor.

The Bible study leader for Wednesday morning is Pr. David Gran, St. Luke’s, Garfield, Mn.  Our keynote address on Wednesday will be given by Pr. Enrique Estrada, our first international partner and newly elected member of the Board of Trustees.  Enrique is a pastor in Monterrey, Mexico and is the executive director of Mission Mexico International.

As usual, we will have over 40 breakout sessions, more than 75 vendors and great music.  As a special treat, we have reserved the Henry Ford Museum (www.thehenryford.org) for LCMC on Tuesday night, beginning with supper at the Museum—but you will need register in advance for this special evening--spaces will fill up fast!

Plan now to attend the LCMC Annual Gathering and Convention, October 6-9, 2013!
 
For more info on the Annual Gathering, click here.  
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