Our congregation is doing well in meeting our stewardship goals both for missions at and away from Trinity. We are within 1.5% of our offering goal as of last Sunday and within $3,300 of our annual goal of $12,000 for missions away from Trinity. Our emphases on individual missions for the remainder of the year will be on El Salvador missions, Global Missions, World Hunger, and our Trinity Food Basket Ministry.
You have probably heard about the large numbers of children from Central America who have been crossing our border. Our Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a companion synod with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Through this relationship, we know children and their families who are affected by organized crime in Central America which is known for its trafficking activities and forced conscription of youth. Our Synod has heard firsthand the real horror stories from our Lutheran brothers and sisters in El Salvador. The Synod has prepared background information to give us a clearer picture of the situation.
Unaccompanied Migrant Children Background & FAQ Sheet
More than 800 million people - that's 1 in 8 people in the world today - are hungry.
As Christians, we are called to respond. We are a church that responds to the "least of these" as they were Christ.
Working with and through congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.
* 868 million people - that's 1 in 8 - are chronically hungry and cannot lead active daily lives.
* 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 per day.
* In the United States, more than 50 million people do not know where their next meal will come from.
* 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty.
Trinity's goal for ELCA World Hunger for this year in our Missions Away from Trinity budget is $1,000. (We currently are at $205.) Please consider this mission in your gifts to Missions Away from Trinity. Thanks for all of your generous gifts.
- Stewardship Board
ELCA Disaster Response - US Flooding
Young Adults in Global Mission
The church is much more effective in bringing Christ to the nations by demonstrating God's love in service. That's why every year the ELCA provides a number of young adults the opportunity to grow in their faith and work hand-in-hand with our global neighbors through our Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program.
Volunteers, who range in age from 21 to 29, take the plunge into a life-changing year-long journey in communities around the world. As they share their gifts of relationships of mutuality, interdependence, solidarity and trust.
Since it inception, the program has grown from just 10 volunteers serving in one country to more than 60 serving in nine countries. Our gifts will help to expand this program in 2014 to over 70 Young Adults in Global Mission serving in ten countries. There are nearly 500 Young Adults in Global Mission alumni, many of whom have taken on significant leadership roles in church and society.
No matter where or how they serve, every one of the Young Adults in Global Mission needs your prayers, support and gifts to succeed in their work. It costs only $11,000 to provide one young adult missionary with training, airfare, a small living allowance, health insurance and a simple room and board for a year. That's just $30 a day to invest in empowering young leaders through life-changing global service.
Trinity's goal for this program for the year in our Missions Away from Trinity budget is $950. (We currently are at $380.) Please consider this mission in your gifts.
The situation: After record-breaking September rains, flood waters were raging in Colorado's front range. These floods have consumed parts of Colorado, damaging or destroying over 18,000 homes and businesses. Three ELCA church buildings have also been affected. Some areas continue to experience mudslides, damaged roads and downed power lines. Your help is needed to make a difference in the affected area.
Our response: We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Through congregations, pastors and Lutheran-affiliated social ministries, we are working together to help serve those most affected. Lutheran Disaster Response is at work, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the floods.
Throughout the United States we are working hand in hand with ELCA synods and other ministry organizations that are experts at outreach in their communities. We know it will be a long road to recovery, and your gifts are needed to begin coordinating relief efforts.
What you can do:
Pray - As the communities work to recover, please keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer. You can use these prayers and resources in your worship services.
Give - Your donation to Trinity for Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for "U.S. flooding," will be used entirely (100 percent) to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by this disaster. Donations from people like you allow the ELCA to respond to those in need.
Connect - To learn more about the situation and the ELCA's response:
* Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
* Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog
* See more at: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Flooding#sthash.TXsETIjT.dpuf
Other Stewardship Information
Our Stewardship Board has published a series of five articles regarding Stewardship, which are very interesting and informative, referencing many applicable Scriptures. The first article is "Why a Series on Stewardship". The other four articles are "What is Stewardship", "Types of Giving", "Money Matters" and "Resourcing Our Vision". Just click on the links above to learn about these interesting and informative articles. Please join us to learn about the many ways we can and should be involved to be the best stewards we can be in honoring Our Lord's abundant blessings.
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