from Pr. Natasha Woitzel-Kolles, Sheyenne-Oberon Parish
During my very first council meeting at First Lutheran Church, Sheyenne ND (Sheyenne Oberon Area Ministry) last July, the council expressed their desire to have a special Sunday service focusing awareness on benevolence. After months of trying to organize and find a suitable date, our vision was realized on January 30. All four of the churches met in a joint service. We used this service as an opportunity to explore ways of worshipping creatively.
The service focused on stewardship. Giving was the theme of the readings, music, and message. Three very talented youth from the parish performed a drama piece that centered on the importance of being faithful stewards. We took a special offering that went directly to the synod office. The Sunday school children made special envelopes in class that morning. Each child wrote the word benevolence on the offering envelopes and decorated them with stickers and drawings. This was a fun activity that provided a learning experience demonstrating the importance of benevolence.
Having the young people involved was the highlight of the service. God is at work in all of us young and old, rich and poor. May He continue to bless us with wisdom and humility to be faithful stewards in everything we do.
Thank you, Bishop Rindy, for providing your written message about benevolence which was included in the service.
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- A Sunday for Mission
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- Together in Mission
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- Benevolence Education
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- Local Activist Devoted to Hunger Issues and Empowering Women
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