“When I received this report from Linda (Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA) last evening, she said, ‘And that’s a whole lot of thanks.’ We have to agree with that,” Wrenn said.
For more than 100 years, Lutheran women have given thanks to God and dollars to mission through thankofferings. All of the money received during opening worship will go to the churchwide women’s organization to support the entire ministry of Women of the ELCA.
During closing worship, 25 percent of thankofferings will support Women of the ELCA’s Katie’s Fund; 25 percent to Women of the ELCA’s scholarships; and 50 percent to International Leaders–Women, a priority of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA–a five-year campaign seeking to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded ELCA churchwide ministries.
Katie’s Fund – Women of the ELCA’s endowment named after Katharina Von Bora, wife of 16th century German church reformer Martin Luther, has earned more than $1 million, according to Emma Crossen, stewardship director for Women of the ELCA. In a July 26 plenary, Emma told the gathering that “$1 million was never intended to be the finish line.”