BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP
Stewardship means “belonging to God" - all that we are and all that we have comes from God. Through stewardship, our church members donate their resources, time, and talents to achieve Peace’s mission to “Share Christ, Serve Community and to Grow Disciples”.
Many volunteer their time to be Assisting Ministers, Teachers, Readers, Communion Assistants, Acolytes, Ushers, Video, and Audio Technicians, members of the Altar Guild, offering counters, and Choir Members to name just a few. Many others serve on the boards and committees to keep the church running smoothly.
The congregation’s financial donations allow us to support the Southern Ohio Synod and ELCA and special appeals for victims of hurricanes, earthquakes and famine. Closer to home your benevolence helps Christ Lutheran Church in Old North Dayton continue to serve local residents near that church both spiritually and with a monthly community meal. We host blood drives, scouts, youth dance squad practices, abuse recovery groups, Toast Masters, an oil-change ministry and many other activities.
Our Pastors are also stewards to all church members from their first to their last breath and at every major step in between. This includes bringing new souls to Christ through Baptism, teaching the youth about Christ through Sunday School and
Confirmation, involvement in Christ-centered activities including Vacation Bible School, Youth Activities and community outreach. Disciples are also grown through pre-marriage counseling and weddings, hospital visitations and by helping the terminally ill pass into the arms of a loving God and let us not forget – our regular church services.
The mission of the Board of Stewardship is to encourage members to share their spiritual gifts and income to support the work of the congregation and the larger Christian church in service to God’s people. The Board of Stewardship distributes the congregation’s benevolence.
♦ Benevolence – the Board of Stewardship executes the Congregations goal to donate 15% of Peace Lutheran’s overall income to benevolence. The worthy causes that have received our recent benevolence include:
♦ Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Southern Ohio Synod
♦ Christ Lutheran Church – an inner ministry partner
♦ Grants – stipends for member’s children at Lutheran colleges
♦ Seminary Education – for members or their children attending and ELCA Seminary
♦ Helping Hands – emergency relief for members having financial problems
♦ Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
◊ Southern Ohio Synod Amazing Grace Day Camp
◊ ELCA World Hunger
◊ Missional Sponsorship
◊ ELCA Malaria Campaign
◊ ELCA Vision for Mission
◊ Global Health Ministries
◊ Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
◊ Lutheran Disaster Response
◊ Lutheran World Relief
♦ Oesterlen Services for Youth
♦ Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center
♦ Graceworks Lutheran Services
♦ Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO)
♦ Luther Home of Mercy
♦ Hospice of Dayton
♦ Interfaith Hospitality Network
♦ The Salvation Army
♦ We Care Arts
♦ No-Interest Loans and Scholarships are available (as funds permit) to the children of active members who are high school seniors going on to an accredited college, university or comparable technical school, or member’s children already attending an accredited undergraduate college, university or technical school
♦ Special Appeals – for support of special appeals as needed
♦ Spiritual Gifts – to encourage those with spiritual gifts to use them either within Peace Lutheran or as part of the church’s outreach programs
♦ Annual Stewardship Emphasis – Making the Congregation aware of how their benevolence helps Peace Lutheran Church to further its mission to “Share Christ, Serve Community, Grow Disciples” and encouraging the Congregation to formally pledge that support.