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53 synods increase giving

ELCA income exceeded expenses by $1.9 million during 1997, the seventh consecutive year of good fiscal news for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Total income was $79.3 million in 1997, compared with $78.5 million the previous year. Expenses for 1997 were $77.5 million, up $1.3 million.

But ELCA Treasurer Richard McAuliffe saved his superlatives for the news that 53 of the ELCA's 65 synods increased their giving over last year. "It was a marvelous year," McAuliffe said, pointing out that income from congregations through synods totaled $65.1 million, up $1.4 million over 1996. Other major sources of income were $3.7 million for missionary sponsorship, $2.3 million in bequests, $1.7 million in endowment income, $1.6 million in investment income and $1.3 million for Vision for Mission.

In addition, giving to the ELCA disaster response fund amounted to $3.6 million, compared to $1.2 million in 1996. Giving to the World Hunger Appeal totaled $11.8 million, virtually the same as the previous year.

Among the churchwide units, $14.9 million was expended by the Division for Global Mission, and $13.6 million by the Division for Outreach. Health and benefit costs for retirees totaled $5.8 million.


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