Immanuel Lutheran Church
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Plow Work!

A husband and wife who were traveling around the world saw a boy in Korea one day pulling a crude plow in a field, while an old man held the plow handles and directed it through the rice paddy. The husband was amused by the sight and took a snapshot of the scene. "That’s very curious," he remarked to the missionary who was their interpreter and guide. "I suppose they are poor." "Yes," said the missionary. "That is the family of Chi Noui. When the church was built they were eager to give something to it, but they had no money, so they sold the only ox they had and gave the money to the church. This spring they are pulling the plow themselves." The husband and wife were silent. Then the wife said, "That was a real sacrifice." "They did not call it that," said the missionary. "They thought it was fortunate they had an ox to sell." The two tourists had little to say, but, when they reached home, they took the photograph to the church and told their pastor about the incident. "We want to double our pledge to the church," they said, "and give us some plow work to do. We never knew what gratitude or joy or sacrifice really meant until now." God spoke to this couple through their experience in Korea about the joy that comes from giving. In his Word, God speaks to all of us about the importance of giving. Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). He also said, "Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8).

Blessing on your faith journey!

Your Stewardship Committee

Here are some dates to be aware of related to the fall Stewardship drive and Stewardship Committee:

In October newsletter - Time and Talent Sheets

Oct 22 -Stewardship effort begins, theme for this week is First Fruits

Nov 5 - Stewardship effort continues, theme for this week is Trust

Nov 11 - Stewardship effort concludes. Collect Time and Talent Sheets and Estimate of Giving cards. We will have congregational potluck on this day after worship.

Next Stewardship Committee meeting: Sept 18


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