According to WELS’ Together e-newsletter, September offerings increased $280,000 (19.5 percent) over the previous year. This represents a year-to-date increase of 2.4 percent.
“We thank God for moving his people to share so generously in their gifts to support the work we do together as a synod,” said WELS president Mark Schroeder. “We can also thank our congregations, members, and called workers for their faithfulness in their stewardship efforts.”
Congregations have begun submitting their CMO subscriptions for 2015. The due date is February, 6, 2015. The deadline for remittance of 2014 offerings is January 8, 2015.
A four percent increase in CMO subscriptions is needed to maintain current ministry. To achieve this goal and, God-willing, exceed it, WELS Ministry of Christian Giving is continuing to encourage the 10/10 plan—that churches would give 10 percent of their offerings as CMO or, if already at 10 percent, raise CMO by 10 percent of the CMO dollar amount given the previous year.
See the Congregation Mission Offerings page on the WELS Resource Center for a PowerPoint presentation of this information to share with congregational leaders.