Stewardship

Joyful Response – Free Online Giving Platform through LCEF

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) offers an electronic giving platform called Joyful Response for accepting online gifts through your website, a mobile phone app, ACH or text-giving. This platform is available for LCMS congregations, schools and registered service organizations (RSOs) – free of charge through LCEF. If you are not currently set up to take… Read more »

CARES Act update from the Indiana District (April 30, 2020)

Download: CARES Act 2020 District Second Finance Response – 4-30-2020   Greetings in Christ! While the past few weeks have been trying, we hope and pray the churches in the Indiana District continue to faithfully preach the Word in its truth and purity and administer the Sacraments rightly, when and where they are able. It… Read more »

COVID 19 Links

The links below are provided as a tool for churches and schools in their quest for information during the COVID 19 situation. Links on this page will relate to the LC-MS, the Indiana District, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as well as… Read more »

CARES Act letter from the Indiana District

The Indiana District has issued a letter concerning the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act.). Click here to download the letter. “Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) with the purpose of providing small businesses needed funds to survive the current… Read more »

Facts about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Many in our District have been asking about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health… Read more »

Concordia Plan offers COVID-19 resources

Concordia Plan Services has shared the following message with plan participants: “With the current situation, you may be feeling anxious about your Concordia Retirement Savings Plan investments and Concordia Retirement Plan pension benefits. While we could not predict the current market situation, we are prepared for it. We have diligently planned for all potential market… Read more »

A New Twist on Traditional Confirmation

Consistent confirmation participation is on the rise at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Avon, Indiana—and for good reason. The church now offers supplemental video confirmation instruction online, and kids and parents alike are engaging in the lessons on a daily basis. The new approach has required a committed video team, a brand-new set of student… Read more »

Sharing Christ’s Love at Christmas — We Love to Tell the Story

Our Christmas gift came wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. A lowly little baby—Jesus! We know, of course, that baby Jesus was a wonderfully unique baby. This was a baby with a future—a baby that is our future. This baby—Jesus—would change the course of history! As we celebrate Jesus’ birth this week, we… Read more »

500th Anniversary of the Reformation – We Love to Tell the Story

This month, Lutherans around the world are remembering — and celebrating — the courageous actions of a 16th Century monk named Martin. In 1517, on All Hallow’s Eve, at All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door. He invited debate on the Church’s fundraising techniques, as well as the doctrinal underpinnings of… Read more »

Ascension Lutheran Christian School – We Love to Tell the Story

After years of careful planning, Lutheran education has returned to Gary, Indiana. Ascension Lutheran Christian School opened for classes in August at Our Savior Lutheran Church, the former site of Gary Lutheran School. The school is a collaborative effort between the Indiana District, LUMIN (Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative) and The Lutheran School Corporation of Indiana…. Read more »