Strudel

Strudel is back!

CV youth will be selling strudel between services November 9th. Proceeds will go to the youth fund to help youth go to WAPO and mission trips! Tell your friends and family. We will be serving free samples and selling strudel directly out of the fridge. This is your chance to stock up on yummy strudel for Thanksgiving and support CV youth! If you would like to help or have any questions talk to Barb Damlo or Pastor Steve

 

YOUTH MINISTRIES

Youth ministries at Christus Victor are off to a great start this fall. Our confirmation students are learning about the 10 commandments this year. It is a fitting theme as we work through the Old Testament promises in the narrative lectionary. Kent and I are meeting individually with each ninth grader as we prepare them for Confirmation Sunday on October 26th.

I love talking with youth about their faith and you as a congregation will get a glimpse of how the Holy Spirit is working their lives as they affirm their baptism.

SWAG, our Wednesday night high school youth program is also off to a great start. This year we will be talking about some awesome topics. We will be talking about: hospitality, how to pray and create our own psalms, our identity in Christ, spiritual practices and poverty. Our Sunday morning high school Connections group meets every week to study scripture and create a prayer petition for the prayers of the people. If you know any high school youth please let them know that we would love to have them involved in either group.

This congregation has raised up wonderful youth leaders. You also have great intergenerational ministries already happening. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. If you would like to be a part of our children and youth ministry in any way, let me know. Specifically at the moment we are looking for people to serve on our Children Youth and Family committee.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

9th Grade Affirmation of Baptism (aka Confirmation)

Sunday, October 26 at 11:00am.

Please join in the celebration as our 9th grade confirmands make a significant step in their faith, as they publicly affirm their Baptisms, saying “yes” to God’s Promises and relationship with them through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Please keep Karin Buffie, Alexus Belz, Kira Dobberman, Joshua Edman, Connor Glinski, Melissa Gubrud, Paulina Holmberg, Jessica Lundquist, Taylor Peterson, Kyle Porter, David Richter, and Nicholas Zarras in your prayers and take time to congratulate and encourage them in their continued journey of faith.

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN – Two Opportunities

FMSC Logo

Founded in 1987, FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s childre

  • 92% of total annual donations are spent directly on feeding.
  • Sends meals to nearly 70 countries

In October Christus Victor will again be participating as a group. If you, your family, or friends are interested in being a part of this event, please add your name to the sign-up sheet located at the Welcome Desk.

 October 25th    9:00 am to 11:00     Eagan

50 packers are needed

Donations are also needed to help fund the meal packets. Make checks payable to Christus Victor Lutheran Church writing FMSC in the memo. For questions contact Nancy Colin at 952-452-0770

Mega Pack Feb. 9-14, 2015

Last year over 10,000 volunteers, including over 140 people from Christus Victor, participated in the community-wide Mega-Pack event at Shepherd of the Lake, in Prior Lake! Together we packed over 3 Million meals!!!

This coming year we will again be participating in a community-wide packing blitz, the week of Feb. 9-14, 2015. Over 20 churches have joined together to begin the planning and preparation of this massive endeavor, and we want your help too! Please put the dates on your calendar, invite your family and friends, and watch for sign up opportunities beginning in December!

If you are interested in being a team member to help make this amazing event happen, please contact Pastor Kent please contact Pastor Kent at (952) 454-6927 or pastor.kent@christusvictor.org.

STEWARDSHIP 2015 – TITHING SUNDAY

With Joy and Thanksgiving!

Stewardship 2015

Stewardship is more than just giving to a budget. Living and growing as faithful stewards means that we give of our Time, our Talents, and our Treasures with Joy and Thanksgiving. Stewardship is a statement of faith that who we are and everything we have, not just possessions, but all of creation, belongs to God. Stewardship is an act of worship, an expression of our faith in God our creator, redeemer, and sustainer, and a discipline for spiritual growth that helps us become the kind of faithful, grateful, generous people we want to be.

We will be sharing the story of God’s Work in, with, and through our ministries and mission (the Narrative Budget). We want you to know how your giving directly impacts people’s lives and faith in our congregation, our community, and around the world.

In October and November we will be focusing on Stewardship in some creative ways, with a series of presentations in worship called, “Phone Calls from God.” We will also be blessed with special guest speakers: Polly Wright, from Feed My Starving Children, and Rev. Bill Smith, from Lily of the Valley.

We want everyone to experience a taste of God’s abundance, and what is possible when we become grateful and generous stewards of all that belongs to God, through “Try Tithing Sunday.”

“Try Tithing Sunday” An invitation for those who call Christus Victor Lutheran Church their church home to try for one Sunday giving one week’s tithe (10 percent of household weekly income), on Sunday, October 19.

 What is “Try Tithing Sunday”?
It is first an invitation to give one week’s tithe on Sunday, October 19 (10 percent of household weekly income). The purpose is to demonstrate what our giving potential could be if every household in our church family tithed (gave 10%).

Last year over $5,880 was given on “Try Tithing Sunday,” above regular pledged offering!Just like last year, “Try Tithing” offerings above regular pledged offerings will be going to the Feed My Starving Children Mega-Pack, Feb. 9 – 14, 2015.

Why are we doing this?
God’s Work is accomplished on earth through the tithes and offerings of God’s people. By having a “Try Tithing Sunday,” we will experience the abundance of God’s provision and witness the possibilities for ministry and mission. Just imagine what we could accomplish through our ministries with an additional $5,880 every Sunday!!! As we witness the resources available through being grateful and generous givers with the Tithe (10%), we become excited about what God can accomplish through us. Another reason we do this to have a starting point and plan to take steps toward becoming Tithers together.

Tithing

How are we going to do “Try Tithing Sunday”?

You will be receiving a letter, spreadsheet, and special “Try Tithing” envelope two weeks prior to “Try Tithing Sunday,” Oct. 19 (we will also have them available at church). Find your regular pledge or weekly giving level on the spreadsheet, put your regular offering in your offering envelope for the regular offering time during worship. Find the weekly giving level if you were to tithe and determine the difference between your current giving and tithing. Write a check for the difference, put it into the “Try Tithing” envelope and bring that to worship on Oct. 19. (Exampleweekly income $1000, current giving level $30, tithe level $100, the difference is $70. $70 goes into the “Try Tithing” envelope.)

What if I give electronically through Simply Giving or automatic withdrawal?

                You do not need to adjust your electronic giving, but you will still be able to participate. Determine your weekly giving, your current giving, your tithe level, and the difference between the two. For this one Sunday, include a check in your “Try Tithing” envelope and bring it to worship on October 27.

What if I won’t be in church that Sunday?
If you can’t attend church on Sunday, October 19, please use one of these options:

  1. Mail in your “Try Tithing” envelope so it will arrive prior to October 19.
  2. Give your “Try Tithing” envelope a week earlier.
  3. Drop off your “Try Tithing” envelope in the church office ahead of time.

What if I’m already tithing?
Thank you for your faithfulness! If you give on a monthly or biweekly basis, please adjust your giving schedule to participate in this church offering for this one Sunday. Or, if you are feeling God is nudging you to continue to grow as a grateful and generous giver, try giving over and above your regular scheduled giving.

What if I do not feel I am able to participate in “Try Tithing Sunday,” or tithe?
God calls us to give what we can, not what we can’t. The Bible reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver. If you are unemployed, underemployed, in school, under the financial care of someone else, then there may be no income to tithe. God’s challenge in the Scripture is for each Christian to become a generous giver by giving our first and our best to Him. Therefore, tithing becomes less an issue of the wallet, and more an issue of faith and trust. Maybe God is calling you to give more of your time in service, through the church or in the community?