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December 2018 Stewardship Newsletter

01.02.19 | Stewardship | by Rachel Daeger

    December Newsletter - Stewardship

    By Rachel Daeger, Stewardship Ministry Team chair

    Supporting those called to serve

    Calvary’s student assistance fund is available to Calvary members who are studying for full-time ministry in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. During Advent, donations made during mid-week services are directed to this fund. If you are not attending a mid-week service you can also make an online donation typing “student assistance” in the memo block. The newly established Wessler Scholarship and Endowment fund will be available to support students later in 2019 but contributions in December are crucial to assisting these students this spring.

    Jessica Wilson is currently a student at Concordia University Chicago studying church music. She is an alumnus of Calvary Lutheran School and Lutheran High School of Indianapolis. Jessica writes, “support from Calvary’s scholarship has helped ease the financial burden of continuing my Christian education through the collegiate level. This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies and extra-curricular activities, like track and field, without having to worry about getting a job to supplement tuition payments. I am incredibly grateful for the continuing support the Calvary family has given me, and I am excited to become involved in full-time ministry once I graduate. I am currently serving at St. Andrew’s Forest Park for my church music internship, as well as playing for services at Gloria Dei Lutheran  Church. I am also practicing hard for my senior organ recital, which I will be performing in the spring. Along with all of this, I am also working on completing forms for Synodical Placement so that I will be able to receive a call once I graduate. I have truly been blessed by Calvary and I thank them for their financial support of my education and future work in the ministry.”

    The SMP program (Specific Ministry Pastor) enables students to take seminary courses from a distance as they prepare for ordination. This program was made specifically so that congregations could rise up leaders for positions within their congregation. For Calvary, this means Sam Troemel, who is currently serving as Youth and Family Ministry Director, is receiving pastoral training for his involvement within Calvary’s Connect contemporary worship services.  The SMP program is a four-year program where students take online classes once a week and complete assignments specific to their ministry context.  Students are eligible for ordination after two years with the understanding that they must complete an additional two years of courses. Sam is currently taking Introduction to Pastoral Ministry. Topics covered include…

    • Origin of the pastoral office
    • Qualities of a pastoral candidate
    • The pastors call into ministry
    • The Lutheran pastor
    • Functions of the parish pastor
    • Pastoral pitfalls
    2019 Giving envelopes

    2019 giving envelopes will be set on tables in the narthex and ready for pickup the weekend of December 15. Envelopes facilitate accurate tracking of member contributions since each family has an individual number. The packets include an envelope for each week of the year along with special envelopes for quarterly mission contributions and mid week services. Members who prefer to donate electronically as not assigned envelopes but they do have a number as well. If you typically give electronically but want to make a cash or check contribution, it is helpful to include your number. If you need that number please contact . If you have been given an envelope packet but would prefer to donate electronically, please set up your online giving account at http://www.clcs.org/donate and notify that you will not need envelopes next year.

    Stewardship Ministry Team is happen to answer any questions about contributing to Calvary.