Announcement: Tornado Disaster Relief
If you would like to financially support the tornado disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, the Church of the Lutheran Brethren asks that you consider giving to organizations like the American Red Cross or Salvation Army. The CLB is not set up to effectively assist the relief efforts since we do not have any churches or ministries serving in that area of the country at this time.
Director of Communications & Prayer
Church of the Lutheran Brethren
We serve congregations by
- Loaning funds for construction and remodeling
- Offering attractive interest rates on deposits
We serve individuals by
- Offering estate planning
- Offering charitable contribution services
We serve the synod by
- Providing financial management
- Providing financial reporting
How do we talk about stewardship? The subject starts with the grace of God. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. – Titus 2:11-12
Grace: God’s undeserved favor. God loving us even though we don’t deserve his love. God forgiving us even though we don’t deserve forgiveness. God giving to us eternal life when we deserve only eternal judgment.
But such free grace has a costly price-tag. Even though God’s grace is free to us, it was costly to God. God gave his Son. God’s Son suffered the shame and poverty of the cross to make us rich in grace. God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Grace.
Above everything else, God’s grace teaches us to give freely. We never give in order to obligate God to bless us. We don’t even give to fulfill our obligations to God. We give freely just as we have received.
(From the CLB identity pamphlet series – “We Teach…The Grace of Giving – Stewardship” by Dr. David Veum)
Hays Newsletter - Quarterly Review & Preview
Most signs seem to be pointing in a more favorable direction for the U.S. economy, a dramatic improvement from a year ago, when the nation was in the midst of the so-called “Great Recession.” The improved environment was reflected in the past year’s rally in the stock market, which was sustained in the 1st quarter of 2010. The market has rebounded more than 70% dating back to its low point in March 2009.
Download > 4th Qtr 2012 Newsletter (PDF)