• ELCA Stewardship: Web and DVD resources, including sermon starters, Bible studies, and ideas for children’s activities and congregational events. For more information, contact the ELCA stewardship office, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631; 800-638-3522.
• Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson and Patricia Snell (Oxford University Press, 2008).
• The Stewardship of Life Institute: An independent project out of the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), offers stewardship resources, sermons, links and more.
Jon N. Keiser has seen some tough times. “But I haven’t seen it as bad as this on such a grand scale,” said the pastor of Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Tampa, Fla. “It’s an atmosphere of gloom and doom. People are nervous about what is going to happen tomorrow.”
The global economic crisis has taken a toll on the Tampa area — and members of Our Saviour. Some have lost jobs and homes. Contributions to the congregation have declined a few percentage points from last year. Staff members have not had raises in the last two years. The congregation’s community-supported food bank has seen a 20 percent increase, serving 1,062 individuals in October 2008, compared to 884 in October 2007.
Jocelyn and Dan D’Antonio, members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockville Centre, N.Y., work with other hunger committee members to cook food for a local soup kitchen. Since last fall, the committee moved from cooking once a month to twice a month, helping to meet a higher demand for emergency assistance on Long Island.
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