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ELCA Leaders Respond Generously

Date 21 May 1996 15:49:59

News from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

May 21, 1996


More than 4,000 leaders from across the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America have responded to the Vision
for Mission Fund with gifts totaling more than $300,000.
The Vision for Mission Fund provides an opportunity for
individual members of the ELCA to make gifts over and
above congregational giving in support of global and
domestic mission.  In addition to the leadership response,
the Vision for Mission Fund churchwide offering was
taken Sunday, May 19.  Early leadership gifts were made
in response to a special letter sent in March from the Rev.
H. George Anderson, presiding bishop of the ELCA.
"Our ability to witness effectively as a church body, locally,
globally, depends of the faithful stewardship of each
member," wrote Anderson.  "By dedicating our talents and
sharing our resources, we can continue making an impact
in the name of Christ, from Europe to Africa -- to the
Caribbean -- and around the world."  The ELCA's 11,000
congregations were asked to distribute Vision for Mission
materials to every ELCA member household on or before
May 19.  In 1995 Vision for Mission provided more than
one million dollars for support of global and domestic

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