January 30, 2015
The “Standing on the Promise” campaign continues in congregations throughout the ELCA-Southeastern Synod. To date, totals in pledging/giving are $2.7 million. Recently, Lutheran Church of Redeemer, Savannah, GA ran a congregational campaign for Lutheranch, with Susan Tellefsen serving as the congregational leader. Redeemer’s average attendance is 75. Their total giving/pledging for the campaign totaled $25,720.00.The Rev. Steve Hilgeman, pastor of Redeemer, shared his thoughts concerning the congregation’s response to the “Standing on the Promise” campaign. He said that they encouraged members to: “Give as God leads you to do so and the results will handle themselves." He also shared that the members focused on the idea that: “It was all about sending children and families to camp!”Pr. Hilgeman continued, “It is important to know that this campaign was designed to be followed immediately by our annual stewardship drive. The congregation knew that and they responded in kind in the second [stewardship] campaign. The Holy Spirit moved this congregation significantly. The number of pledging members has increased and toverall giving has given us the confidence to increase our proposed budget by an additional 10-12%, if approved at the annual meeting in January.”Libby Bedenbaugh, Senior Development Associate remarked, “We are grateful for congregations like Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Savannah.” She went on to say, “There is still time for congregations to conduct a campaign before it concludes in January 2015.” If you would like information on how your congregation can participate, please contact Libby Bedenbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-940-6523.