They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to the disciples, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So, they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.” (John 21:4-6)
As the church---stewards of God’s radically different message—we hold a sacred treasure of truth. We know God’s abundance is unearned. God’s generosity can shape ours. We are challenged daily to trust that God will provide. As Christians, we are expected to use this assurance as we make our money decisions.
God can never be limited in what God does for us and for others. God just keeps giving abundantly and trusts us to figure out that the store of love for us is never empty. God shocks us by unearthing the graciousness that hibernates within us. God digs it up for us in the energy of community.
As you prepare your congregation budget for 2021, we ask you to prayerfully consider God's abundance and how your congregation can reflect that abundance. The Mission Support Gifts given from your congregation to the ELCA-Southeastern Synod truly change lives. Lives all over your congregation, this synod, and the whole church.
Please either submit your intent below, or use the PDF links to print the form and return it to the synod office. Submit your intent by January 31, 2021 so we can share God's abundance.
Thank you for your gifts and your partnership.
+Bishop Kevin L. Strickland