Church Stuff

Church Stuff seemed to be the most appropriate heading to describe the various topics, councils and committees found on this page. We invite you to join in where ever you feel comfortable. If you have an area you wish to explore, let us know. We'd love to hear from you.

The visionary board of Memorial Lutheran is the Church Council.

Council President: Steve Jungst; Vice President: Sara Clausen, Secretary: Sherry Peterson, Treasurer: Lonny Flack

Council Members: Sandy Bremer, Annette Dalthorp, Josh DeVos, Mike Fjelland, Kathy Johnson, Nan Jungst, Jen Kerns, Dan Stieler

Money Talk                                         

Why We Talk About Money. In our churches, we often want to have it both ways...trying to trust in Jesus for things spiritual And to trust in wealth for things material. Jesus says we can’t have it both ways. Jesus says we can’t serve God and wealth. At Memorial, we talk about money because Jesus did.  Giving to needs beyond our own needs (whether to church or other charities) is an important part of God’s dream for the world.  It is (1) how God gets the Gospel and help to the world and (2) how God wins our own hearts.

Any congregation that does not talk about money is not following Jesus and not participating in God’s dream for the world. We invite all those who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God to develop these spiritual habits of giving:

Be Intentional.  Make a plan for your giving.  Write it down.

Give Regularly.  God doesn’t skip a sunrise here or there. 

Be Generous.  God doesn’t skimp, either.

Give First Fruits.  That’s church language for giving off the top.  It is how God teaches us to trust Him.

Give Proportionally.  Not yet a 10% giver?  Try growing by 1%.  Gross or net?  It doesn’t make any difference.  Just start.

 

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546), German reformer and theologian


“One of the greatest missing teachings in the American church today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us.”

Gordon MacDonald,  American pastor and teacher


“Giving liberates the soul of the giver. You never walk away feeling badly. Whether through a tithe, charitable contribution, or gift to a friend in need, give away at least some of your money. Not only does it generate good, but it generates contentment. Remember, no one has ever become poor by giving.”

Dave Ramsey, Founder of Financial Peace Univ.


 “I am convinced that the devil has caused the subject of giving to stir up resistance and resentment among God’s people because he knows there are few ways of spiritual enrichment like the exercise of faithful stewardship.”

Stephen Olford, preacher and author


"Jesus commended the widow not for giving away so much, but for keeping so little."

Ed Owens, Chicago fund manager


 “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), English author and scholar

 
Automatic Transfer Offerings Nearly 100 Memorial households have discovered that setting up automatic transfer of their offerings helps them be regular, generous, first-fruits givers.  Memorial offers automatic transfer of offerings to the funds listed below.  It is a simple process with no additional expense to you.  Contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Schuman with questions or to set up your automatic transfer.  It is quite flexible and can be changed or cancelled at any time.

The General Fund The annual Consecration Service program regularly encourages members to grow toward 10% (tithe) proportional giving of both our income and time.  The General Fund sustains many of the ministries, programs and events outlined in this booklet.

Capital Improvement Funds Members have an opportunity to give regularly to the physical facility that is home to the worship, learning and service of the congregation.  Capital Improvement Funds care for infra-structure repair and replacement.

How much to give?  5% of each household’s General Fund offering will adequately maintain the facility.

The Dorcas Fund This fund cares for members of Memorial who have emergency financial needs.  $250 may be provided a family in any 12-month period.  This quiet ministry is handled by the pastors, and benefits many households at Memorial with confidentiality and dignity.  All loose offerings on the third Sunday of the month are designated to the Dorcas Fund, or you may designate a special offering to this fund at any time.

Property Team The Property Team, led by David Mens, handles a wide range projects and takes care of the church building and grounds. Projects like changing lightbulbs in the high ceiling of the sanctuary, installing first aid kits,  or working on upcoming projects like the street sign in the front of the church and parking lot lighting are examples of what members of the property team work on.                                                                       

Remembrance Team   The Remembrance Team, led by Ken Nelson, works to assure gifts given in memory of a loved one are handled appropriately and thoughtfully. Current team members are Denise Rehor, Jenny Helland,  Donna Peterson, Deb Parker and Mary Souers. Jodi Schuman also attends meetings as staff liaison. +Jim Christy was a wise and long time member of this group.

Finance Team The Finance Team meets monthly to provide vision and guidance regarding financial matters related to the church. Current team members are Judy Rhodes, David Blummer, Steve Jungst and Barb Hamilton, chairperson. Jodi Schuman also attends the meeting as accountant for Memorial Lutheran.