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.
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.
Local Outreach 2017
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.
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)
Christ Lutheran KICKS program This is the tenth 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), and ELCA’s Lutheran World Relief.
King of Kings ELCA College Scholarships King of Kings offers scholarships to two first-year students who attend an ELCA college.
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. King of Kings held a MobilePack event in February packing more than 108,000 meals for distribution in Guatemala.
Good in the Hood/District 833 King of Kings supports the weekend food pack program in District 833. This initiative provides easy-to-prepare food items for the weekend for students who are food insecure.
Christmas Palooza Our sanctuary is cleared of pews, work stations are set up for ministry projects that impact our community, volunteers work like cheerful elves, and holiday music and laughter fill the air as we are the hands and feet of Christ during the Holy season.
Global Outreach 2017
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.
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. 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.
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 3 times per week—plus their siblings. Mothers of these children assist with labor and by supplying water and homegrown vegetables. Our contribution is 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 2 times per week. Support from King of Kings is 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 15 shut-ins.
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