As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
— 1 Peter 4:10

Why We Give

Stewardship is a way of life. It is our way of acknowledging that God is the Creator and Giver of all things. If we understand that all we have is a gift from God, then returning what is rightfully His should be a celebration. Stewardship is not a program or a method of fundraising; it is a way of thanking God for all His blessings by returning a portion of all that He has entrusted to us.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we see ourselves as caretakers of all God’s gifts including our time, talents (skills and capacitates) and financial resources. Our gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering and by action. Like singing songs in worship, giving is a way to praise and thank God for the blessings he has bestowed on our lives.

In the Bible, God teaches us how to give by committing a tenth of our income to the church. For many Christians, this is an area of growth; yet in order to create a heart of generosity, we must first be willing to take the initial step to make giving a habit.

May God bless you as you discern your response to what God has so freely given and thank you for your spirit of generosity.

There are over 900 children between the ages of 3 and 15 enrolled in education programs and camps at King of Kings. Your gifts provide resources, materials, instruction, and funding for these classes and camps that are shaping the lives of this generation.

On any given weekend, King of Kings hosts approximately 2,000 worshippers at four services. Your gifts support dozens of behind-the-scenes volunteers and employees that make these services possible and impact lives every Saturday and Sunday.

King of Kings has mission partners across the Twin Cities, the country, and the world. Your giving impacts our mission work from St. Paul’s Capitol Hill to Arusha, Tanzania and helps us to share Christ’s love with the world.

Each year, King of Kings donates tens of thousands of dollars to support different charities within our community and beyond. The following benevolence partners are supported through our 2015 operating budget and your gifts. These partners were selected by King of Kings ministry teams with the approval of Church Council.

St. Paul Area Synod: King of Kings is one of 107 congregations that comprise the St. Paul Area Synod. Our contribution to the synod goes to support our shared ministry in the ELCA. Vision of the synod: “Congregations as catalysts for mission.”

Local Outreach 2015

Christian Cupboard  Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf is a local non-profit organization providing food, personal care items, and other critical resources to our neighbors in need. The food shelf serves approximately 550 families per month.

Mission Retreat at Buttermilk Falls Farm  Buttermilk Falls Farm in Osceola, WI grows healthy produce to feed the hungry in the Twin Cities. The farm is the location for a weekend mission retreat for King of Kings families. Participants serve in a manner similar to how a global mission trip is facilitated: morning devotions, learning about ministry partner, completing a work project, prayer, evening debrief. It is a stepping stone to larger mission experiences. This retreat runs in conjunction with the fall Nehemiah Project at Buttermilk Falls Farm.

Nehemiah Project  Just as scripture tells us that Nehemiah worked to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, King of Kings members volunteer to rebuild our community through work with ministry partners like Buttermilk Falls Farm. In the fall, volunteers participate in a work day at Buttermilk Falls Farm—painting, constructing, and doing general repairs to benefit this ministry partner.

Loaves and Fishes  Loaves and Fishes is a non-profit, volunteer-driven agency that fulfills a basic call to feed the hungry. Loaves and Fishes is an on-site meal program in which King of Kings members purchase, prepare and serve an evening meal on the third Wednesday of every month at St. Matthew’s in St. Paul. (Average attendance 150)

Gas Cards  We purchase gas cards for distribution by Salvation Army to South Washington County neighbors in need. The gas cards are highly valued by the Salvation Army. We are the only organization providing them with this much needed resource.

Christ Lutheran KICKS program  This is the ninth year of providing financial support to this urban congregation. Our contribution supports the summer KICKS program for inner city children/youth to experience God’s love through programming, field trips and projects.

Quilters  Quilts are created and donated to ministries in Honduras, Sunbeam Boys Home in Jamaica, Naomi Family Residence (Union Gospel Mission), ELCA’s Lutheran World Relief, and many other locations.

King of Kings ELCA College Scholarships  $1,000 allows King of Kings to offer a $500 scholarship to two first-year students who attend an ELCA college. Many of these colleges have a matching grant program that can double that amount to $1,000. Applicants must be involved in some capacity with the ministries at King of Kings whether through mission trips, education, or service projects.

Wapo Bible Camp Sponsorship  Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp partners with congregations to provide dynamic opportunities of faith growth and education in scripture. They are a Christ-centered camping and retreat center serving youth, adults, and families throughout the year. Camp Wapo continues to be the “summer camp” destination for so many King of Kings families and youth.

Feed My Starving Children Woodbury Mega-Mobile Pack  FMSC is a Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Nutritious “manna” packs of rice, protein, veggies, and vitamins are packed by volunteers, and distributed all over the world and domestically to hungry children. Typically meals are packed at one of the FMSC warehouse facilities; however FMSC will “go mobile” and bring supplies and staff to pack meals at local businesses, churches, schools, etc.

The community of Woodbury will host a huge FMSC mobile pack at Bielenberg Sports Center Oct. 8-11, 2015. Ten percent of the event proceeds will support the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf.

FMSC event goals:
• Pack 4,000,000 million global meals (20,000 volunteers)/ raise funds for local food shelf
• Bring awareness to global/local hunger related issues
• Bring community together to serve shoulder to shoulder

This will be an opportunity to financially support and volunteer for a remarkable community-wide event.

King of Kings “Undesignated”  These funds are used at the pastors’ discretion to help those within the congregation and community with emergency support.

King of Kings “Designated”  This designation of benevolence respects those individuals who have chosen that their benevolence dollars be given to an organization other than the ELCA sponsored programs. Ministry partner needs are presented to the Church Council for consideration of these benevolence dollars by the Mission Outreach Team.

 

Global Outreach 2015

Tanzania—Dr. Mark Jacobson  As medical missionaries, Mark and his wife, Linda, have dedicated 30+ years to providing medical care to thousands in Tanzania, East Africa. ELCA missionaries must raise a portion of their salaries through sponsorships from congregations. King of Kings has provided such support to the Jacobson’s since 1990. We have witnessed the building and expansion of Selian Hospital, a free clinic dedicated to the poor; and the completion of a profit service facility, Arusha Medical Center, which continues to help the sick in Arusha and the surrounding communities. Also, 2014 brought the opening of a new nursing school and the Plaster House serving children after orthopedic surgery.

Tanzania—Annual gift to Kilolo  This donation supports our companion congregation with funds for capital improvements. A “companion committee” made up of members of the Kilolo congregation determine the best use for these funds.

Tanzania—Kilolo Scholarships  For several years King of Kings has sponsored students in secondary school from Kilolo parish. The “companion committee” reviews applications and awards scholarships. New this year—congregations may choose to send students to vocational school. Education is a key component to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Kilolo community.

Tanzania—Kilolo Micro Loan  In partnership with the nonprofit organization Iringa Hope, the Kilolo community will use this donation for micro loans. The program in Kilolo is in its fourth year and is growing strong with 30 people on a waiting list to participate. The Tanzanian government ranks the Iringa Hope micro loan initiative as one of the top programs promoting self-sustainability in their country.

Jamaica—Sunbeam Boys Home  Sunbeam houses approximately 40 boys ages six to seventeen. The home provides boys a Christian environment, proper nutrition, social skills, and educational opportunities. The goal is for the boys to become productive, thriving members of their community. King of Kings regularly sends mission teams to Sunbeam. This donation will pay for school uniforms for 42 boys and high school fees for boys.

Honduras—Linaje Escogido Church  The following projects are included in King of Kings Honduras mission work, supporting the outreach programs of Linaje Escogido Church under Pastor Peter Hearne’s leadership:

San Nicolas Children’s Feeding Center and Kindergarten: The kindergarten supports 35 children who otherwise would have no educational outlet. The feeding center (housed in the same building) serves a warm nutritious meal to those children 3x per week—plus their siblings. Mothers of these children assist with labor and by supplying water and homegrown vegetables. Our contribution will be used to supply food, a kindergarten teacher’s salary and some teaching supplies.

La Villa Children’s Feeding Center- Approximately 35 children are being fed 2x per week. Support from King of Kings will be used for food and supplies.

Senior Feeding Center- The Senior Center offers a hot meal and fellowship to seniors on Fridays each week. Attendance is consistently 40-50 and sometimes as high as 80 for special programming. The seniors report it as a highlight of their week and there is nothing like it in the community. A local doctor and nurse volunteer their time to provide basic medical care and advice on Fridays. Additional meals are delivered to 20 shut-ins.

King of Kings is a 96,000 square foot building with over 50 rooms where services, classes, meetings, and studies take place each week. Your giving funds the various utility, maintenance, and mortgage expenses; and makes our church the beautiful and welcoming place it is.

Connect With Us

Please call or email if you have questions, concerns or would like more details!

Jonathan Larson
Lead Pastor
651-738-3110

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