Love boldly, Share abundantly, Give generously

Dear Friends,

United Redeemer Lutheran Church is a vibrant community of believers where amazing things happen daily.  Our worship services incorporate music and sacraments, children and puppets, new ideas and old liturgies.  Our beautifully remodeled fellowship areas and kitchen welcome people from our church and beyond for special events and regular gatherings.  God is at the center of this place and its people.

It is only because of you, with all of us working together, that URLC remains open in ministry to care for both those in our membership and our larger community.  It doesn’t happen magically; it takes gifts of all sorts to keep the church going.  This letter is to thank you for all the ways you contribute to URLC.

At URLC, we
Love boldly, Share abundantly, Give generously.

The mission support committee is charged in the bylaws to “conduct an annual stewardship effort emphasizing time, talents, and financial commitments.”  We hope that this letter prompts you to prayerfully consider how you want to offer your commitments for the next year.

Serving & Sharing:
Every program in the church relies on the contributions of volunteers.  Sunday School needs at least 30 adults to serve our 100 plus kids, the “block party” only happened because nearly 70 people helped with serving, setting up, hosting.  Over 300 ushers are required in a year; it takes around 100 people providing food and time to serve funerals throughout the year.

Each person has special talents that can be shared for the glory of God.  We request that you honor the talents God has given you by identifying one new way you could serve this year. Don’t wait for someone to notice and ask you, share your gifts abundantly.

Please complete the Serving and Sharing form and return to the church office or put into the offering plate.  You can see the sorts of needs that that would benefit from your participation.  Extra forms will be available at the church (and here).  We promise we will forward your interests to the folks leading in those areas.

Financial commitments:
The operating budget for URLC is around $280,000 per year.  That does not include the Project 3R debt which remains above $170,000.  Please accept the challenge: increase your giving this year.  Even adding 1%, $5 a month, or an extra one-time gift would help.

Please use the enclosed “Intent of Giving” also referred to as a “Commitment Card” to record your intention for your 2019 giving.  On the card you will notice a few things.  You can indicate whether you prefer to receive offering envelopes.  We will order them only for people who request them.  The most convenient way to give is through electronic giving.  If you already give electronically, thank you.  Your electronic giving is not automatically registered as a pledge. Therefore, it is requested that you complete a commitment card so your planned giving can be reflected in the annual budget numbers.  Please complete the “Commitment Card” to mark your intention and to make any changes.  A signature on the card is all that is needed to authorize the change.

If you want to begin giving electronically, mark that on your pledge card and the office will follow up with you to get you started.  On the commitment card, you can designate how you would like your contribution allocated.

Please return your “Commitment Card” to the church, either to the office or drop it into the confidential box you will find at the back of the sanctuary.

Something fun for this year.  When you return your “Commitment Card” you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Bridget’s Café or a $50 gift certificate to Covered Bridge Restaurant.  An anonymous donor wanted to offer an incentive to get those pledges in!  The amount you pledge isn’t important, we just want as many people to commit as possible.  Last year, we received 56 pledges.  This year help us double or triple that number.

Thank you for all the ways you contribute to the life of URLC.  You are generous.  We appreciate you!

Mission Support and Evangelism Committee

Judy Blaksted
Mary Goplen
Joan Henriksen
Linda Herrick
Linda Pahl
Lori Rauen

CLICK HERE for the 2019 “Serving and Sharing Form”

CLICK HERE for the 2019 “Giving Intent Card”

CLICK HERE for the printed version of this letter

March is Food Share Month

One in 10 Minnesotans or more than 500,000 state resident experience food insecurity on a regular basis.  Food insecurity is not knowing where your next meal is coming from.  Food share month is a campaign to make people more aware of the need for healthy food and dollars to buy the food.

Our congregation has extended a challenge to Lands Lutheran Congregation!  Which congregation can gather the most food and the most money during the month of March.

The challenge will begin March 1 and end March 22.  Each pound of food will count as one point and each dollar will count as one point.  Just remember, the food shelf can purchase more food from Channel 1 food bank than we can, with each dollar.

The prize for the winner at the end of the month will be an ICE CREAM SOCIAL hosted by the losing congregation on April 12.

So give as much as you can!  If you want to write a check, make it out to United Redeemer with food shelf in the memo line.  One check will be given at the end.

Let’s do this so we can win and enjoy the victory and the ice cream!!!

The big winners will be the people who depend on the food shelf.

This a project of the Social Ministry team.  If you have questions, contact a member of the team.

Bishop’s 5K: Run/Walk to Alleviate Hunger

Bishop’s 5K
September 20
Soldier’s Field in Rochester, MN

Registration information:

Online registration is now open and ends on September 18. The registration can also be printed and mailed in using this downloadable PDF (note: it is an 8.5 x 14-inch document). This is a rain or shine event. Event registration limited to the first 250 participants.

Interested in collecting additional funds for Enough Food for All from friends and family? Please use this tracking guide. (The person who brings in the most donations will win a special lunch with Bishop Delzer!)

A printable 5K Poster can be downloaded here.

Dear Partners in Ministry

On behalf of Bishop Delzer, we invite you to participate in the First Annual “Bishop’s 5K: Run/Walk to Alleviate Hunger.” Across Southeastern Minnesota and throughout our state, thousands of people wonder when their next meal will come.

Who is struggling with hunger?

  • 1 in 10 Minnesotans run out of food resources before the end of the month
  • 35% of households seeking food assistance have at least one employed adult
  • The food insecurity rate in Minnesota is 11.4%
  • 1 in 6 Minnesota children are at risk for hunger
  • 100,000 people are assisted each year through programs from Channel One
  • 40% of the members of households served by Channel One are under the age of 18

We can make a difference! Move Together to “Finish Hunger.” As a healthy leader, Bishop Delzer is passionate about faith, fitness and ensuring enough food for all.

The Bishop’s 5K is a 3.1 mile run or 1 mile walk open to the first 250 participants. The event will take place on September 20th, 9am at Soldier’s Field in Rochester MN.

Together, we can all alleviate hunger! Move Together: Finish Hunger!

Let us run the race with perseverance,
Bishop Delzer

Bishop’s 5K Steering Team:

Rev. Karna Hagen, Chair
Rev. Randy Fett
Rev. Heidi Heimgartner
Sonja Kranz, Rochester Track Club Board Member
Kris Oppegard, AIM
Rev. Patrick Patterson
Rev. Fred Rengstorf

CLICK HERE for more information.