Saved by God's mercy and called by the Holy Spirit,

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3200 Asbury Road | Dubuque, IA 52001 (563) 583-0860 | Email us at: stpeterdbq@q.com

Board of Stewardship

A word about the Stewardship Board from Dave Kemp, PPC Executive Director:

 

“Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our- selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.”

 

This we pray as we give gifts in worship, as we live out Jesus’ command to Peter: “Do you love me? Feed my sheep.” We feed our Lord's sheep in Mission to each other and to the world at St. Peter. The Stewardship Board helps us by asking what talents we are able to share, what time we are able to commit, what funds we are able to contribute for this mission. 

 

I deeply respect and thank the people of St. Peter for their commitment to mission. I also appreciate the Stewardship Board for what they do to help us. Bills must be paid to maintain our church building/grounds/parking area, for heat, electricity, water. We must find ways to salary worship servants in a way that is fair, not only because we love these staff, but because we want to retain their service.

 

Each board asks the Stewardship Board for budgetary funds for their ministry. We are a tithing congregation which means that at least 10% (as much as 15% some years!) of our giving is passed on outside our immediate congregation for good causes. We are a blessing to others, and for this, we give thanks for this.

 

It is important for our congregation to understand that our pledges for regular weekly giving make possible what is described above. The pledges and weekly giving are referred to as operating funds. They constitute what we need on a continuing basis to go on. Stewardship must deal with the reality that only 43% of our members make pledges. This means tracking giving, comparing to previous giving, and estimating what real gifts we are likely to receive. It would greatly help if we knew with more certainty where we stood in this regard! 


Special gifts and benevolences are received and considered by Stewardship. Those who gift St. Peter may specify the way they want their gift used. Some gifts are specified as gifts to our Foundation, which has rules for how these funds may be used. One gift provides scholarship to Lutheran colleges for our students. Other gifts specify that the church may use the funds as they feel best.

 

Since I have been in the congregation, a committee was formed to make recommendations for disbursal of each gift. In recent years the committees have recommended gifting inside and outside our congregation in equal portions. Those recommendations are then voted upon and approved by the congregation before any money is distributed.


We give thanks for the Stewardship Board for their help in making it possible for our congregation to do more than we could as individuals in our Mission to the world inside and outside our church walls!

-David Kemp, PPC Executive Director 

 

The Board of Stewardship is responsible for:

  1. encouraging congregational members toward a gospel-motivated practice of joyous, worshipful, proportionate, first-fruits giving in response to received blessings and recognized needs;
  2. evaluating non-budgeted benevolence requests and synodical appeals and making recommendations to the Parish Planning Council regarding those requests;
  3. preparing and presenting - in conjunction other boards and the treasurer - an annual budget to the congregation;
  4. maintaining a file of talents and abilities of members for the sake of faithfully encouraging and supporting the congregation's various ministries;
  5. reviewing and recommending requests from boards for special appeals and fund-raisers;
  6. evaluating various programs for endowments, remembrance of the congregation in wills, bequests, and trusts, and offering ways to thoughtfully utilize those gifts.
Approval Form for Fund Raising Requests
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Summer Worship Schedule

Saturday Worship Service

4:30 p.m.

 

Sunday Worship Service

9:00 a.m. 

What's Going On...

The Owls group normally meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11:30. Our next lunch will be July 12th.

We enjoy a light lunch together, share a devotion, and relax with conversation. This group is for any woman who has lost a husband, recently or years ago. It is a time for sharing, fellowship, and support.

Men's Bible Study meets the third Saturday of the month to discuss the lectionary readings for the week. Our next meeting is on Saturday, July 15th at 8 a.m.

Men's Breakfast meets the last Saturday of the month. There is no Men's Breakfast scheduled for July.

Senior Fellowship Lunch meets on the third Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. All "seniors" are welcome. Our next gathering will be July 21st . Please join us and bring a friend! Contact Jim Daack for more information at (563) 580-0860.

The Women's Evening Bible Study group meets once a month. Our next gathering is Thursday, July 20th at 6:30.

There is also an afternoon Women's Bible Study that meets in the afternoon will be on July 27th at 1:30.

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday

9:00-5:00

Friday

9:00-1:00

 

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