A message from Trevor Thom,
our Evangelism Committe chair:
It may be surprising to some, but maintaining membership on paper in an ELCA congregation is a relatively easy task. If you crack open the Constitution of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, you’ll find that members must (1) receive communion and (2) give a “contribution of record” during the current or preceding calendar year. That’s it. And while those are relatively easy things for you to do, they are harder things for us to track in such a large congregation. That’s where you come in!
Step One: Fill out a Communion Card
If you have not done so already in 2018, please fill out a communion card and place it in the offering plate by Sunday, December 30, 2018. What’s a communion card? It’s a card in your pew (most likely blue) that serves as a simple record of your receiving communion here in our congregation. We will have offered over 145 opportunities to receive communion in 2018, and we only ask you to fill out the card once per year.
Step Two: Make a Contribution of Record
We also need to have a financial contribution (of any size) attached to your name. If you have given through Simply Giving, your assigned envelope, or by writing your name on a plain envelope, you have already completed this step.
You might be wondering – what happens if I don’t complete these steps?
In the Annual Report of the Congregation, published in January of each year, we will be listing a number of members that we have not seen in worship with us or have not made a financial contribution in several years. We don’t want to see your name on that list – especially if it’s by accident! Give Janis and your Evangelism Committee an early Christmas present by completing these two steps – otherwise you’ll start to hear announcements from me! If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Janis in the church office. She’d be glad to help you.