Our preacher this Sunday at First Lutheran Community Church is my wife, Melanie JS Wallschlaeger. She is the Director for Evangelical Mission in the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA. Part of her job description is also working with congregations on stewardship--which fits well into our current sermon series: "How to be Rich in a Troubled Economy."
Melanie and I have had a passion for working with congregations and stewardship since we received mentoring from excellent congregational leaders while students at Luther Seminary, and during the Stewardship 2000 Conference during our first calls. Receiving God's generosity through others and working to respond generously has been a great joy in our life. Through wisdom and reflection, we have lived the joys of giving together. We still have much to learn, but we both find it important to share stories of generosity in the life of the Church. I'm also looking forward to hearing my wife preach--I don't get to do it very often, especially when I'm serving in a congregation.
Sunday, November 8th
"Poured, Not Stored"
Exodus 36: 2-7
Malachi 2: 8-12
Luke 12: 13-21
Thank you for your generosity with your time, talent and treasure in serving God's work in the world. Your gifts are appreciated.