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Wonder no longer about year-end giving

by Audrey Novak Riley

FriendofGatheringI love gift-giving occasions, from Christmas and birthdays to plain old Tuesdays, don’t you? It’s fun to think about gifts that will bring a smile to someone you love, and it’s even more satisfying to know that your gift will not only warm a heart, but change a life. What sort of gift does that? Your year-end gift to Women of the ELCA does.

When we give to Women of the ELCA, we help mobilize women throughout our church—and even beyond—to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ in so many ways. Our gifts—yes, yours and mine!—make a real difference in people’s lives. So let’s give together!

Now, if you’re wondering what kind of gift to Women of the ELCA would  be the handiest and most versatile, wonder no longer. Thankofferings, regular offerings and “Where Needed Most” gifts are amazingly useful.

But what about sizes? Wonder no longer. A $50 Thankoffering from every unit would be perfect. Synodical women’s organizations might try on a $500 year-end gift. Every individual is different, of course, but a $25 Thankoffering or “Where Needed Most” gift might be a flattering fit.

Do you like to tuck a little something extra in with your gifts? Wonder no longer—here are some suggestions.

A unit might consider adding to their year-end gift by giving a dozen Gather subscriptions to the congregation’s library or a nearby retirement home. A synodical organization might make a point of sending two first-time participants to the Triennial Gathering as well as being a generous Friend of the Gathering.

And if you’re wondering how to make sure your year-end gift gets here in time, wonder no longer! As long as your gift arrives before January 31, 2017, it’s a year-end 2016  gift.

Give online with a credit card (instantly!) at welca.org/give or mail your gift to:
Women of the ELCA
ELCA Gift Processing Center P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield VA 22116-8009

And thank you!

Audrey Novak Riley is director for stewardship for Women of the ELCA.