Giving that comes from a glad and generous heart brings joy to the one who gives. Giving expresses love and thanks to God. Giving is not to be from a sense of guilt, shame or self-interest.

Part of our Sunday giving becomes “benevolence” or Mission Support.

As members of the ELCA, we do mission together through our financial giving. We do God’s work in ways that no individual, congregation or synod can do alone. Mission Support is the portion of your weekly financial offering that our congregation shares with our Metropolitan Chicago Synod and the churchwide organization, the other two expressions of this church.

“Mission” is a broad term used to describe all the ministries of this church, not just those involving ELCA missionaries who work with our Lutheran partners around the world. “Support” is the portion of members’ offerings that makes all ELCA ministries possible, here at home and abroad.

Mission Support is the way that Lutherans experience sharing Jesus’ message of love around the world; it is the lifeblood of the work that God does through the ELCA, providing almost 80 percent of budgeted support for our ministries.

For example, Mission Support goes to Parroquia Luterana San Jose, a joint ministry of the ELCA and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Beloit, Wis., a place of worship “for and with Latino people,” says its pastor, Neddy Astudillo. “I love this ministry because it cares not only about people’s spiritual lives but improving also their culture, health and well-being.”

Because of your generosity, your financial gifts, the good news of Jesus Christ is spread far beyond the walls of Lutheran Church of the Master.