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.
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 $60,000
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.
Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center: Goal $8,000
The ministry of the Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center, located in the heart of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, fosters mutual trust, respect, and understanding, while addressing the deep poverty that exists on the reservation. The Center provides morning coffee and lunch sandwiches, quilt and hygiene kit distribution every weekday. In the afternoons, children ages 9-12 attend Kid’s Time. Kid’s Time offers time for play, reading, and learning Christian curriculum along with traditional Lakota practices. The Lutheran Lakota Job Corps provides job training in construction and home repairs. The Center also hosts groups coming to visit, offering the chance to learn more about our Lakota brothers and sisters, the work of the church, and the history of our nation. Your Magnificent Gift will benefit the ongoing ministry of the Reconciliation Center.
Greater Church Partnerships-Clinic with a Heart, Partner Congregations, Companion Synods: Goal $8,000
Through Magnificent Gifts, you provide Bibles for confirmation students and worship song books for our sister congregation in Tanzania. Your gift also supports Clinic with a Heart, a local Lincoln free health clinic that serves the uninsured and under. These gifts also help to provide for special needs as they arise with our outreach partners.
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Current Ministry Needs
Check out iVolunteer for other opportunities.
Sound Volunteers Wanted-Curious about what happens behind the scenes in worship? We are currently in need of some help with audio during services. If you are curious or want to learn something new, contact Jared Rechsteiner.
Hospitality Needs – We need door greeters, Welcome Desk helpers and hosts to make sure each person feels welcome and valued. Contact Brenda Carpenter.
OneSent Volunteers – Volunteers are needed to work one Sunday per month in our OneSent Market. Training is provided. Consider this fun way to help us offer this unique shopping experience for our community and artisans around the world. Contact Kathy Paisley.