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Stewardship 2019

STEWARDSHIP APPEAL 2019

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."  - Ephesians 2:8-10

Our theme is a reflection of the love God has for us, our many blessings, and an opportunity for each of us to respond in gratitude.  In addition to supporting all the ministries here at Peace, our main new goal is to support Mike Markwell, a seminary intern in his year with us.  With the help of so many individuals and the great example of this congregation, we expect to provide a positive experience for Mike, and a meaningful time for us at Peace as he serves us!  It takes money to do that (about $25,000 above and beyond our current giving levels.)  But we believe God has provided this opportunity and we have been Called by Grace!

 Mike Markwell

My name is Mike Markwell, and I am looking forward to beginning my internship at Peace in August. I look forward to spending the next year getting to know you, and work alongside many of you. I am also looking forward to continuing to grow and learn in preparation of becoming a Pastor. I am excited to be joining the Peace Community and I would love to introduce myself.

I attended the University of Illinois at Springfield (Go Prairie Stars!). I studied History and Secondary Education. During college I spent several summers working in camping ministry. It was during these summers that I began to discern my call of becoming a pastor. Following College, I entered ministry as the Youth Director at Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church in Lockport, IL where I spent five years. I have been attending Seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

My wife, Rachel, and I live in the Hyde Park Neighborhood of Chicago. We are both avid baseball fans. Rachel is a Cleveland Indians fan, and I love the White Sox.  Living just a few stops on the Red-Line from the White Sox’s ballpark means we get to watch many games during the summer.

I am looking forward to being able to continue my education and gain more experience during my time at Peace. As I get started at Peace please feel free to stop and introduce yourself. I would look forward to meeting you all.

Questions and Answers

What are the Goals for this year's appeal?

Support a new intern!

We said yes at our annual meeting to the invitation and request of the synod and seminary to be an internship site, starting in August. We have done a great job in the past.  Now we will support Mike Markwell, a seminary intern in his year with us.  With the help of so many individuals and the great example of this congregation, we expect to provide a positive experience for Mike, and a meaningful time for us at Peace as he serves among us!  It takes money to do that (about $25,000 above and beyond our current giving levels.)  But we believe God has provided this opportunity and we have been Called by Grace!

Support existing ministries, staff and programs

Our church has a great staff and great programing, including a growing youth ministry.  We also have a beautiful facility. We recognize it takes money to support those in ways that matter.

Support local & world-wide efforts to further the gospel

We will continue to be very generous in reaching out with the Gospel as we help sponsor a missionary, provide support to the ELCA’s 5 year plan (to start more churches, train more pastors, feed more hungry people), are involved in our community, and support local causes that have been so meaningful to us, like ShareFest & Feed My Starving Children.

How do I take part in this stewardship appeal?

First, we ask you to reflect on and celebrate the many ways God has already called us to serve and how those have been blessings - both to you as an individual, and to our church. We also ask you to pray and consider what God is leading you to do next. 

What would you like me to consider giving so we can achieve our ministry goals?

Consider how God is asking you to respond in faith by giving financially from the heart. Pray about it, talk with others, reflect. For those who already tithe, we know you will continue! For those who have not yet begun the habit, we would invite you to begin to consider percentage giving. We believe that giving on a planned, percentage basis is a faithful way to follow God's plan. It also can help us talk about our priorities in life, which is always a good thing. 

In your reflections, if percentage giving is not in your plans, then pray and consider an increase in your giving level. (Look at what you are giving now and add 10%, for example)

What if I don't like making a financial commitment?

Even if you do not want to turn in a Giving Intentions Form, please fill it out for yourself.  Making a commitment of any kind is an act of faith; a way of responding to the Call of God’s Grace.

HOW DO I RESPOND WITH MY COMMITMENT TO THIS APPEAL? 

You can complete the Giving Intentions Form below and submit it electronically or pick up a form at church and complete it on your own. We would ask that you complete your Giving Intentions Form/Card on or before Commitment Weekend, May 4 & 5.

WHEN WILL THE NEW FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS BEGIN? 

We ask that your giving commitments begin June 1, 2019, which is the start of our new fiscal year. 

HOW CAN I HELP MAKE OUR Called by Grace APPEAL A SUCCESS? 

By prayerfully reflecting on how God has blessed you and our church

By reflecting on how God is calling us to grow in faith that we might faithfully serve God, even above and beyond how we have responded in the past

By viewing all the materials online or in a packet, and then completing your Giving Intentions Form either online below or by filling out a Giving Intentions Card on or before Commitment Weekend, May 4 & 5

By praying for the success of our appeal

By helping our church be ready to serve God and to assist Mike Markwell in his training toward becoming a pastor.

By asking God to bless us again as we seek to bring the love of God to the world; as we bring people in contact with the Gospel, and help all of us grow in faith.

 Q and A printable page                Guide to Growth Giving

Please complete this form below and submit (the office will receive your giving intention electronically) or return a paper copy to church any time before Stewardship Weekend, May 4-5, 2019. We will also send a packet to your home if you wish. Please contact the church office, 1-815-485-5327

2019/2020 Stewardship Giving Intentions

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I/We proudly affirm my/our commitment to Peace Lutheran Church.

My/our offering for God’s work through Peace Lutheran Church beginning in June will be

MY OFFERING WILL BE*

for the ongoing ministries of Peace Lutheran Church

IN addition to or in lieu of offering to the ministries of Peace Lutheran Church, I wish to contribute the following per month toward the mortgage of Peace Lutheran Church 

Mortgage Contribution by:

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