God continues to bless our synod with the generous and faith-filled offerings of his people, even in these difficult economic times. Rev. Kurt Lueneburg, director of the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving, reports:
By the gracious working of the Holy Spirit, God’s people remitted $3.36 million of Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO) in December. (This is $1,500 more than CMO given during December 2021.) We thank our Lord for these generous offerings!
For calendar year 2022, CMO totaled $23.33 million, which is 2.9 percent ($654,000) more than 2021 CMO and 3.9 percent ($833,000) higher than projected receipts. This is the third consecutive calendar year in which our congregations have offered a record total of Congregation Mission Offerings and the first year in which CMO surpassed $23 million. Let us thank the Lord for continuing to bless us through his people’s generous gifts!
Clearly, our Savior’s gracious love for us has prompted this wonderful response from his people for his gospel ministry through our church body. It is fitting and right that we, like King David, acknowledge, “Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who [are we], and who are [our] people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (1 Chronicles 29:13-14).
We thank Jesus for you and your faithful response to God’s blessings through your Congregation Mission Offerings!
Serving with you in Christ,
WELS President Mark Schroeder