It's that time of year again! What time you might ask? Its time for…Giving Tuesdays! As you know Divine Redeemer began fundraising opportunities last year to address different needs of the campus that affect our ongoing ministries of the church and school. Last year’s Giving Tuesdays gifts were enough to replace two rooftop HVAC units and repair our fire alarm system to be fully functioning and reliable. We then went ahead and began working on our original plans for Year’s 2 & 3! The carpet was replaced by the 4th grade (originally part of year 2) and the narthex of the Church was painted just a few months ago (originally part of year 3). As a result of your prayerful partnership, we have already excelled the rate of addressing different campus needs. 

Maybe you’ve felt the warmth of those HVAC units finally supporting the spaces they're meant to heat and cool. Maybe you’ve been able to appreciate the new blacktop that has Four Square games stenciled in the school parking lot for our kids during recess. Have you seen the new basketball hoops up that last year’s 8th grade class donated as you’ve waited in line to pick up your kids from school? Or maybe you’ve seen the bushes trimmed and the tree lawns weeded, showing our neighborhood that we care even about the little things over which the Lord gives us responsibility. 

We are addressing campus deferred maintenance through our budget AND through Giving Tuesdays so that we can take care of God’s House and enable ministries on this campus to be even better! As you have already experienced, this year we are going full steam ahead in many aspects of mission and stewardship. Here’s THIS year’s Giving Tuesdays work list:  

HVAC Gym $15,000  

Playground Resurfacing $8,000  

Update Men’s Bathroom $6,000  

Sanctuary Enhancements $7,000  

Sacristy Enhancements (Church) $4,000  

Year 2 Goal $40,000 

I would ask that you would prayerfully consider giving any amount as a one-time gift or even a recurring amount on a regular basis so that we can tackle the needs listed above beyond what you are typically moved to give already. We have a BIG impact in our community between the ministries of our Church and School working together. Children are being baptized. Students are being discipled and formed by Jesus everyday – including Sundays! Confirmations are occurring. Serve Sunday was orchestrated. Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies are shaping marriages and supporting our Lake Country community. Many of our ministries plan or are hosted on our campus. Let’s make this campus function well to support all of HIS great ministries as we are Knowing, Growing, and Going out into this great big world with our Jesus! 

Although, everyone can participate in Giving Tuesdays, I wanted to take a minute to share stewardship information with some of you who are 70 & 1/2 or older as you are uniquely able to bless Divine Redeemer through a Qualified Charitable Distribution.   A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA to a qualified charity (like Divine Redeemer).  The QCD satisfies your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  The QCD reduces your taxable income, because you did not take the distribution.  Additionally, keeping your taxable income lower may reduce the impact to certain tax credits to include Social Security and Medicare. A few notes about QCD's: • A QCD does not require you to itemize. This allows you to take advantage of the higher standard deduction, but still use a QCD for your charitable giving. Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)  • You must be 70 ½ or older to be eligible to make a QCD • QCD’s are limited to the amount that would otherwise be taxed as ordinary income. • The sum total of all QCD’s cannot exceed $100,000 per calendar year. • IF you file taxes jointly, you and your spouse each have a $100,000 QCD limit • QCD funds must come out of IRA by RMD deadline, generally December 31 • Any amount donated above your RMD does not count towards satisfying next year’s RMDThese insights have been shared to Divine Redeemer by gift planning counselor, Mr. Craig Toerpe, a ministry partner between Divine Redeemer and The LCMS Foundation. What a blessing Mr. Toerpe will be as he continues to use his God given gifts to provide financial insights, tips, and gift counseling to Divine Redeemer as we continue to grow in our stewardship!

You can get more information through the weekly VIDEOS or use this GIVE LINK or you can also give through our DR app for designating your donation toward our Giving Tuesdays.

God’s peace,  

Pastor Seth

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