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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Where does God do banking? With the ELCA Federal Credit Union! The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our national church, has approximately 3.7 million members in 10,000 congregations. That's a lot of people, to whom God has given stewardship of a lot of money. Now the ELCA has formed a credit union. Here's information from its web site. https://www.elcafcu.org/

About ELCA Federal Credit Union
"…to use and share what God has given for the sake of all."
That's the definition of good stewardship. The ELCA Federal Credit Union supports that mission by providing services and benefits to all of its members regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Credit unions provide services to groups that share a common bond, such as a church affiliation. Like other financial institutions they accept deposits, make loans and offer other financial services.

But unlike other institutions, credit unions are financial cooperatives that serve their members, not shareholders. That means any profits the ELCA Federal Credit Union realizes — from interest payments on loans, for example — are returned to member/owners like yourself in the form of lower rates on loans, higher rates on savings, reduced fees and enhanced services.

The ELCA Federal Credit Union is regulated and federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to the same levels as deposit insurance offered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Why We Exist
The ELCA Federal Credit Union was created by the ELCA to provide additional financial services to ELCA members, employees of synods, congregations or any other ELCA-related ministry. Family members of current ELCA FCU members are also eligible to join. The ELCA Federal Credit Union operates in ways consistent with the church's values, making it a socially responsible way to do your banking.

Benefits of Membership
By becoming a member and banking with us, you're helping fellow Lutherans. The money you save with us is loaned out to other ELCA Federal Credit Union members. As a member you can take advantage of the wide variety of financial services offered by the ELCA Federal Credit Union, including auto loans, personal loans, credit cards, checking and savings accounts, surcharge-free ATMs and more. As a not-for- profit financial cooperative, you'll find better rates and lower fees than those at most other financial institutions.

Pastor Brian's conclusion: God calls us to use our gifts wisely. Can the ELCA's credit union help you be a good steward of God's gifts? Even if this option is not for you, I hope you'll feel encouraged knowing your national church is trying hard to find innovative ways to serve God's mission. May this spirit of innovation guide us in our stewardship as God's people at Shepherd of the Valley.

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Lessons for August 14, 2016Jeremiah 23:23-29
Hebrew 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  10:00 am   Bible Study

Thursday      7:00 pm   LLL

Friday           1:00 - 9:00 pm  Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday       9:30 - 11:30 am  SOV Choir rehearsal (new members welcome, no experience necessary)
                     11:00 am  Memorial Endowment meeting

Sunday          8:30 & 10:30 am  worship services


"POP" Update

We are off to a great start on the "POP" or "Pave Our Parking" campaign!  An anonymous donor has offered to match the first $15,000 pledged to the project.  This is a great opportunity to get the initial $30,000 of this project funded.  Please get your POP pledge card filled out and returned to Christine E, SOV Financial Secretary.  Sealed POP pledge card envelops can be put in in the offering plate or in Christine's box in Tammy's office.  Please direct any questions to the parking lot committee – Reynold R, Arden T, or Dave R.