WOMEN, do you remember to say thank you? Remember when as a child we were reminded to respond when someone gave us something?
A little history for those who wonder why we bring our little boxes to church in November. As we collect the Thankoffering, we share in a tradition dating back to the 1800’s, when Christian women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to fund mission. When others in the church said there was not enough money to carry out these projects, the women believed otherwise. In cent societies, each woman collected offerings at home. They would gather as we do today to worship and combine their offerings and offer them up with thanks and praise, dedicating the funds to mission. When Women of the ELCA was formed more than 25 years ago, we committed to continue the tradition of giving in Gratitude for blessings. Each year, in thousands of congregations, Thankofferings are collected and sent to support the life-changing ministries of Women of the ‘ELCA. Together, we do more than we could ever do apart. In gratitude for all God has given to us, and with the hope for all that is to come, we will have our ingathering, Sunday, November 24th at both services. If you don’t have a little box to put your coins in you can write a check and put it in an envelope and drop it in the offering plate. As for me when I have a blessing I put something in my little box in the cupboard. Boxes are on the information table.
Be prepared, remember and express your gratitude for the blessings you have been given all year round.