Gifts for Mission

Pentecost Sunday May 20, 2018

To: Northern Illinois Synod Congregations

From: Pastor Kurt Nordby, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development

RE: Gifts for Mission Generosity Sunday Congregational Resource Packet

Thank you for your willingness to participate in our Northern Illinois Synod “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday on Pentecost, May 20. Enclosed in this packet are all the resources that you will need to implement this program in your congregation. The key will be to have someone serve as the Generosity Sunday Coordinator and Team Leader (see the “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday Leadership Team notes in this packet) and to follow the program timeline. The coordinator will make sure the program is implemented according to the timeline. All the resources are here and the timeline indicates when and how the congregation receives the information. All the materials are in this packet and can be reproduced. An easier method to prepare materials is to access them through the synod website. The packet is available at

Just a note on how to receive gifts. “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday is a one-time gifting opportunity for members of the congregation. There are no pledges and no follow up. All gifts will be received on Generosity Sunday. “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday envelopes are available and can be ordered by using the enclosed order form. There is no cost to the congregation. You are asked to order enough to be sent in your May newsletter and to be placed in the worship bulletins on “Gifts for Mission” Generosity Sunday.

Please ask your members to use the envelopes in making their gifts, making checks out to your congregation and writing “Gifts for Mission” in the memo. Please send just one check from your congregation for the gifts you receive for “Gifts for Mission.” This check will be sent to the synod office and clearly mark it for “Gifts for Mission.” This method will allow you to record your member’s gifts into their contribution record, alleviate potential confusion, and help you know what your congregational gift total is for “Gifts for Mission.”

Thank you again for your partnership in this ministry initiative. If you have any questions or if I can help in any way, let me know.