The Christmas season and sales have started. Commericals are advertising Black Friday sales. This is all too soon. I caught myself singing and humming Christmas carols along with music as I was shopping. Before we prepare for Advent there is a season of thanksgiving that we pause for each year that comes prior to Advent. Remember Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to pause and give thanks for all the blessings in your life.
Women of the ELCA has a tradition of giving Thankofferings. This is significant to many Lutheran women and it has been passed down to generations. Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings and give us an important and tangible way to express that gratitude. It is a tradition grounded in our celebration of community, of meeting together to joyfully give thanks for what God has given us. You can learn more about Thankofferings too.
I am thankful for Women of the ELCA and how our participants encourage and support each other to act boldly through programming, resources, grants and scholarships.
What are you giving thanks for this year? Have you had a Thankoffering service this year?
Eva James Yeo is director for membership.
Photo by StarMama. Used with permission.
How to make your Thankoffering
Individuals may give online at welca.org/donate, or mail their checks, made out to Women of the ELCA with “Thankoffering” written on the memo line, to:
Women of the ELCA
ELCA Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield VA 22116-8009
Units may mail their checks with Form B to the address shown above and on the form.