You may participate by placing your above and beyond year-end gift in the special “Magnificent Gifts” envelopes or by giving online.
Please prayerfully consider supporting these ministries throughout the remainder of the year.
We often hear the phrase, “I love this time of year!” Why do we say this? Because we have traditions in this season that shape us as people of faith with family and friends. One of the traditions we have at Sheridan is Magnificent Gifts. This giving opportunity ensures that our ministry partners – in Lincoln and across the world – can continue in their amazing work of reaching out to all with the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Make a new tradition to remember in prayer the different mission and ministry partners of Sheridan Lutheran Church. The Magnificent Gifts Prayer Guide is a great resource to pair with your family’s Advent wreath ritual through this season to help you to center on Jesus.
Consider giving a financial Magnificent Gift
You may contribute electronically, using the “give online” button and designating by “Advent Giving,” or give with cash or check using a Magnificent Gifts envelope from the pew or Welcome Center. Make checks payable to Sheridan Lutheran Church. All undesignated Magnificent Gifts benefit Barnabas Community.
Why above and beyond giving?
As a faith community, celebrating Jesus’ birth is who we are. Jesus commanded the church to be the light in the world so that all people would know his promises (Matthew 28). We will proclaim the promise that God has come into the world. We will celebrate Jesus’ birthday!
Throughout the four weeks of Advent, we prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate God’s gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We celebrate this season of giving in our faith community and remember the needs of others.
This Year’s Magnificent Gifts
Each year we provide opportunities to give to special mission projects serving the needs of those at home and globally. And over the years, the Sheridan community has given generously to various ministry partnerships. For more information on each of these ministries listed below, expand the title. Consider giving a financial Magnificent Gift to support the ministries you are lifting up in prayer this Advent and Christmas.
Barnabas Community: Goal $70,000
This grassroots ministry, led by dedicated volunteers, is more than just a free store and community center reaching out to the city of Lincoln. Barnabas provides clothing, household goods and other personal goods to those in need. Guests come for clothing, food and community; many single parent families and those who are simply down on their luck; disabled; elderly or new immigrants to America. Food distribution has grown tremendously in 2016, with two free meals distributed each week. Just this fall, Barnabas Community, in partnership with Shared Vision – a non-profit eye care organization, began offering monthly eye clinics. Every month, Barnabas serves more than 800 families.
Haiti Vacation Bible School & School Scholarships: Goal $10,000
Help give 300 children a life-changing week at Vacation Bible School in Jacmel, Haiti in partnership with the Haitian Timoun Foundation. Your gift provides all camp materials, daily nutritious meals and clean water. Also included is room, board and stipends for the 50+ local Haitians who help lead the camp. Following the camp, these funds help scholarship students whose families cannot afford to send them to high school.
Greater Church Partnerships-Clinic with a Heart, Habitat for Humanity Global Village, Companion Synods: Goal $15,000
Support Sheridan’s strong and historic partnerships with our companion synod, the Northern Diocese of Tanzania as well as our greater church partnerships of ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran World Relief. Clinic with A Heart provides healthcare to the uninsured and poor in Lincoln. Each year, Sheridan also sends a mission team internationally, with Habitat for Humanity Global Village, to help build a house for a family in need. Your gift will be used to purchase building materials so a family will have a decent, safe and secure place to live throughout the world.
Do You Feel Called?
Current Ministry Needs
Check out iVolunteer for other opportunities.
Tech Volunteers Wanted-Curious about what happens behind the scenes in worship? We are currently in need of some help with audio, video, visuals & lights during services. If you are curious or want to learn something new, contact Jared Rechsteiner.
Barnabas Community needs you! Experience the joy of making life easier for many struggling, working poor, refugees and homeless in our community. We are thankful for donations, but we really need your time. Sign up at barnabascommunity.org or call/text 402-419-9805.
Noisy Offering – Join with Vacation Bible School and give offering to benefit ELCA World Hunger God’s Global Barnyard. Your gifts will support agricultural enrichment and education in developing countries. Check out this great video from ELCA World Hunger to learn more.
Now Collecting in the Donation Bins – Please donate diapers, new underwear, socks and new or gently used pajamas for Barnabas Community. Any size is appreciated!