One theme running through our current Pledge Drive;
Trinity 2.0: Marching to Call a New Minister, is that of our rebirth as a congregation. We felt the best way of symbolizing this was with the concept of a “seed”. Jesus was fond of using the imagery of seeds and growth in his ministry:
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field...”
“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all garden plants.”
“As for that (seed that fell) in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience...”
March 3rd, marked the start of our Stewardship Campaign. On that day our Sunday School children planted seeds during the Children’s Sermon to symbolize that growth and rebirth. At a brunch following our service, we explained the reasons why it was necessary to raise an additional $40,000.00 in order for Trinity to place a call for a new full-time minister.
Arrayed across the front of Fellowship Hall were pictures of Pastor Wendt, Pastor Bergman, Pastor Wiberg and Pastor Schelter; our congregation’s faithful spiritual leaders for the past 70+ years. These were the persons who, with the people who were members of Trinity at that time, stepped out in faith, sowed the seed for ourcontinued existence, and inspired us with their courage during difficult times.
Off by itself, far to the right, was an empty picture frame that bore the question: “Who will be our next Pastor?” Well, that is really up to each of us. As Krissy Goebbert, the President of our Church Council, asked in her talk given on March 10th:
“Has there ever been a more important time in the history of Trinity Lutheran Church when we have needed to be able to prove our level of support for the good of the church?”
Now it has fallen to usto sow the seed for our congregation’s next step, and to pass the legacy we’ve received from past members on to the next generation.
What is seed? Seed is anything you can give. It can be time, money, resources, work, faith, hope, or love. But the most important part of sowing is the attitude of an individual person’s heart behind the gift. So when you sow, make sure you are acting as a good sower. After carefully considering what God is calling you to give towards the important goal of calling a new minister, please fill out a “Pledge Card”, seal it in an envelope, and return it any time between now and March 31.
We on the Stewardship Committee have learned to trust God, and you our fellow members, to provide what is necessary for us to thrive as a church. We will close by offering a sincere THANK YOU to everyone for your past generosity and your faithful support of our congregation.