Responding to God’s abundant love & generosity
Augustana believes that all things come from a good and gracious God who is the source of all our ideas, energy, effort, and results. We are all called to put our faith into action and make God’s love real to those in our community.
When we choose to participate in God’s work in the world, we do so with our whole selves, including our resources of time, energy, and finances. Generously and joyfully sharing our resources is our response to God’s abundant love and generosity. Putting God first on our calendar and bank statements reflects God’s priority in our lives. We give God our very best, not our leftovers.
With a rich tradition of giving beyond our doors, each year Augustana commits to share 20% of member commitments with our community mission partners who are working to address issues of poverty, homelessness, and hunger.
Augustana devotes the month of October to stewardship. Together, we learn how our gifts nurture and teach faith to children, youth, and adults; strengthen families; confront hunger and homelessness; and develop leaders.
All Augustana ministries are made possible through our annual stewardship initiative. All are asked to complete a giving plan to inform the church of your gift and to help us plan for how we can share with our community and beyond.
We encourage proportional giving, with each of us giving according to our ability.
The Power Within
Centered on Ephesians 3:20
Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all we can ask or
imagine by his power at work within us. EPHESIANS 3:20 (CEB)
About the Power Within Theme:
We belong to a God who has a promised and preferred future for the world God loves. When baptized we receive power from the Holy Spirit to join God in making the world as God promises. Using the topics below, we will spend this year imagining, exploring, and tapping into “the power within” to make God’s future for you and the world a reality.
Imagine using the power within to:
RESPOND WITH FAITH AND GRATITUDE TO LIFE’S EVENTS
When our lives are rooted and grounded in worship, the Word, and gratitude to God, we are able to respond to life’s circumstances, and God’s expansive love fills us with hope and gratitude. That’s the power within!
EXPERIENCE GOD THROUGH SIMPLE PRACTICES
Life often feels too busy. Time and space to experience God’s goodness is limited. Imagine learning simple practices that remind you that there is a power greater than you always moving you toward wholeness. That’s the power within!
USE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU TO IMPACT OTHERS
God is a gift giver. Whether you are age 14 or 104, God has given you a purpose beyond yourself that can reflect God’s generosity and impact the lives of others. That’s the power within!
EMBRACE OUR NEIGHBORS WITH GOD’S LOVE
God’s embrace is deep and wide, and in God’s vision for the church there is a place for all. Imagine our church reaching out with God’s love and serving as a center of hope and a place where people from all parts of our community experience love and belonging. That’s the power within!
CELEBRATE THE FAITH GOD HAS GIVEN TO ALL GENERATIONS
God gives each generation wisdom and faith to share. Imagine the ways God’s dreams may come
to life when we listen deeply to one another and learn from the faith God has given across all
generations. That’s the power within!
In 1990, Augustana began a global mission emphasis. We celebrate our global mission on two Sundays in the spring. To date, more than $1.5 million has been shared with our global mission partners in Tanzania, Guatemala, and the Middle East. View the brochure.
This endowment fund provides additional resources to assist the congregation in its ministry and mission. The principal of the Fund remains intact, and only the interest is spent each year. Therefore, a contribution to the Harvest Fund is a gift that will keep on giving every year to special ministries of Augustana.
Cash or checks
Augustana provides weekly offering envelopes.
Authorized monthly withdrawals for a specified amount can be made directly from your checking or savings account. PDF Form
Visit the App Store or Google Play and search for “Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement” to download app.
Gifts of appreciated securities (stocks, mutual funds, bonds) may be donated to Augustana, and may also provide significant tax benefits to the donor. Talk to your tax adviser.
If you have a donor-advised fund, we ask you to consider Augustana as one of the fund’s recipients. To learn more about this option, please consult both your financial and tax adviser.
Qualified Charitable Distribution from an IRA
Funds from your individual retirement account (IRA) can be used for charitable donations. If you are currently taking distributions from your IRA, you are able to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD). To learn more about this option, please consult both your financial and tax adviser.
Pastor Jason Bryan-Wegner