For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Dear Roseville Family,
I am blessed. So are you. In a sermon Pastor Kris shared with us earlier this fall, we learned that even those among us with the humblest of possessions are rich when compared to the rest of the world. I’ve tried to figure out what I have done to be so fortunate – as if I’ve earned it, or deserve my good fortune. I know I don’t deserve my blessings, so it has compelled me to wonder two things:
Why me? What do I do with it?
The first question holds no reasonable answer, but the second one does. I have determined that I am accountable to God for what I have, and I am compelled to spend it wisely and share it generously. And if you have come to the same conclusion, then you are a steward. You are a child of God, entrusted to care for what God has placed in your hands.
You can make an impact in this world! Using your time, your talents, and your financial treasure can help meet the needs of a vibrant congregation and a hurting world. If you agree to return the Intent of Giving/Serving Card in this packet, you will be raising your hand to share prayers, talents, possessions, and love with this congregation, especially in this time of transition. I thank you.
I’m Pastor Steve Molin, and I’m a steward!
As one of the largest congregations in the ELCA, we can provide a variety of wonderful worship, educational, and service opportunities. And we do!
From our worship and music, to small groups, to quilting, Prime Time, Bagels at Dawn, and Cornerstone, RLC provides meaningful and life-giving fellowship and learning that binds us together. And reaching out to ministries like The Dorothy Day Center, Feed My Starving Children, and mission trips near and far touch countless lives.
Your gifts make all this possible. Whether you are one with “boots on the ground” in ministry programs, or you support these endeavors with prayer and financial support, you are making a difference in the present and future church.
If you ask a staff member of Roseville Lutheran Church why they do the work they do, they might quip, “For the money!” And when you smile in surprise, they will tell you the truth: “We do this because we love serving God in this place.”
The truth of the matter is, many of our staff have been specifically trained to serve God in the Church. And further, any local congregation would struggle mightily without program and support staff, working in concert with volunteers, to provide ministry.
The personnel costs for a congregation like Roseville is significant, but your generous gifts ensure that 16 full-time and a dozen more part-time employees are committed to doing excellent work that needs to be done to support the mission of RLC.
One way of supporting these “stewards of our ministry” is to keep them in your daily prayers. Let them know that, in addition to a paycheck, you are providing a prayer-check for their words and deeds.
Those who have been around Roseville Lutheran Church for a while will quickly recognize these “code numbers:”
1948 1955 1969 1983 1996
These are the years that portions of our church building were erected. From the earliest days as a congregation, there was a sense of pride in the facility where we met for worship, taught Sunday School, shared meals, and brought our unchurched friends to funerals and weddings. The spaces have changed over the years, but the pride remains, and we are maximizing this facility and grounds many hours per week, all year long.
The effort to maintain, heat, cool, and clean a building of this size is quite substantial. In addition, we take measures each year to perform general upkeep, as a building like this deteriorates at a rate of 2% per year (a rate that rises in older sections of the church). But we believe the benefit is worth it when visitors come for a grand worship service, when children are nurtured in comfortable spaces, and when meals are shared in a climate of warmth and hospitality. Thank you for caring for this building that we all love!
Our Pledge to Others
Did you know that 10% of the financial gifts that RLC receives each year is given away to organizations and ministries that are our partners in the gospel? 10% – That should amount to more than $150,000 this year!
People around the world are impacted in ways we don’t even know. How do you measure a village in Tanzania with a fresh-water well? How can we quantify what the gifts we send to Lake Wappogassett Bible Camp can do? Our partners in Peru, in Slovokia, and in the Twin Cities are not only supported to do ministry, but encouraged that a suburban congregation in Minnesota cares enough to join them in their vital work.
And to be clear, we don’t just send money; we also send people. Dozens of RLC members have traveled to Slovakia to share the good news of Christ there. Others have visited our companion congregation in Ng’ang’ange, Tanzania. And how proud are we of our youth ministry teams as they go on mission each summer to be the hands and the lips of Jesus Christ?
Your time, and your talents, your hearts, and your treasures fuel this worldwide effort to fulfill the great commission. All of this is a cause for celebration!