What is a Thank Offering?
A gift in response and remembrance of God’s past blessings!
St Paul’s 125th Anniversary Thank Offering Recipients are…
Lutheran Family Services (LFS)
Origin of St Paul’s Penny Fund
In 1936 and 1937 St Paul’s of Ute was in the middle of the Great Depression and times were hard and our congregation fell into debt.
Under the leadership of Pastor Widman, our congregation began an effort to pay off that debt with The Penny Fund. Each member of our congregation was asked to contribute ½ cent each day until our debt was paid.
Please read our actual minutes, translated from German, about the Penny Fund…
January 2, 1936 – “A decision was made we should eliminate the church debt by establishing the Penny Fund…”
January 1, 1937 – “The Penny Fund that was started in 1936, will be continued since last year, because last year was such a fruitless year. The fund will continue until conditions improve. It was also discussed if the yearly budget of $660 could be met if 1937 was not a prosperous year. (Concern was evident)”
January 1 1938 – “The Penny Fund has raised enough money to meet the budget of $660 and pay off all notes...”
God truly blessed our forefathers’ efforts and the “Penny Fund”. Together, they helped unite our congregation, get out of debt and survive the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
St Paul is now asking you to prayerfully draw inspiration from this true story about “The Penny Fund”. Please, consider gifting your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, or more, to our “Penny Fund”.
On August 20, 2023 these gifts will be presented to Lutheran Family Services of Iowa and St Paul’s Jeremiah Fund, as our special Thank Offering to God for 125 years of His Grace, Mercy and Blessings upon our congregation and its members!