Why was Moving The Legacy Forward important?
Our Moving the Legacy Forward emphasis was an opportunity for each of us to be part of growing the legacy and sharing God's many blessings that have been so important to the St. Paul Lutheran congregation for nearly 150 years. Through Gods love, and with your prayerful giving, we are now able to touch more lives and spread God's word as we increase enrollment at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, and as we strengthen God's love for the next generation and continue Moving The Legacy Forward.
Why did we not just take funds out of operating budget?
Offerings in our ministry budget were being utilized for current needs. Unfortunately, there were no funds left over for capital improvements. Therefore, it was necessary to ask for special gifts in order to Move the Legacy Forward through additional growth and outreach. We recognized that any special appeals required us to examine our needs and our faith and ask for God's guidance as we considered our participation in that legacy.
Why did we do this on the heels of the 150th Living Legacy emphasis?
It was important to keep the momentum of God's love and spreading his gospel. Your prayerful giving from the 150th Living Legacy emphasis graced St. Paul Lutheran Church and School with the many blessings from God, and, set the course to move in a new direction of outreach and growth.
Investing your time and dollars into these projects was both timely stewardship and proactive planning.
What was our goal for the Moving the Legacy Forward epmphasis and what was the outcome?
Our goal was to match the results of the initial Living Legacy offering by raising an additional $750,000 over the three year period of 2015- 2017, and to do so without reducing our ongoing operational offerings. With God's grace, St. Paul received gifts totalling over $625,000!
What did our support help accomplish?
- Helped complete the 150th Anniversary projects identified in our initial "Living Legacy" emphasis.
- Helped fund the "New Direction" through additional outreach efforts while retaining our current teaching staff.
- Helped support the construction and launch of the new Early Childhood Center.
- Helped support and uphold our financial commitments to Fox Valley Lutheran High School and WELS.
How did we generate the gifts from Moving the Legacy Forward emphasis?
It could never have happened without the Lord's blessings. All of our endeavors called for a firm reliance on the Lord of the Church and clinging to Him in faith. Jesus put it simple "Without me, you can do nothing." But he also said, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you." (John 15) Your participation started and ended with prayer and counting the many blessings Jesus brings into your life. It was a blessing to experience the culture of giving at St. Paul; a congregation who truly believes in Joyful Generosity.