Because, at this point, we are a small congregation, we depend upon the gifts of our friends and former members to help us finance our ministry. Certainly our current members provide the bulk of our giving--and are indeed very generous! --but we need outside assistance in order to carry out the work we believe God has called us to do. Can you help? Ongoing or one-time gifts are greatly appreciated--and needed! Here are some options for supporting us...
· Checks can be payable to Peace Lutheran Church and mailed to us at
105 Svenson Street, Holbrook, AZ 86025
· Arrangements can be made for automatic deductions from your checking or savings account with either direct deposits to our checking account here at Peace or mailing a weekly/monthly/periodic check. Contact us for details concerning how this can be done.
· Use the convenient PayPal system (Donate Button) above or below. Just click the button and go! If you don't already have a PayPal account, setting one up is quick and easy--and we'd appreciate it!
Are you a part of the Thrivent family? If so, this wonderful financial planning organization gives away millions of dollars annually to various Christian ministries worldwide. Peace Lutheran is the recipient of several thousand dollars of benevolent money from Thrivent annually, all because investors have cited Peace to be their "Choice Dollars" recipient. If you're a Thrivent member and haven't designated any ministry to receive your "Choice Dollars" money, we'd be grateful to receive these funds. Also, each Thrivent member has one or two "Action Team Projects" which can be done annually. With each project comes a $250 VISA gift card to assist in the expenses of that project, which can be a fundraiser (e.g. Youth For Christ car wash) or service project (e.g. our Fall Work Day). In 2020 we engaged in 37 Action Team Projects, totaling $9,250 of "seed money," benefitting both our congregation and many outside efforts (e.g. our local library). If you're not a Thrivent member, we'd encourage you to contact these good folks for assistance in stewarding the resources God has given you.
Paul Meier is our local Thrivent representative and can be reached in nearby Lakeside:
Each year over the Veterans Day weekend in November we sponsor a Christmas Bazaar. Since beginning in 2013, we've seen our sales grow from $5,000 to $16,000 in 2018. Due to various factors, our Bazaar took a nosedive in 2019. This past year, because of COVID-19, we had to restructure our Bazaar significantly, holding four Saturday sales in Peace's parking lot. Nevertheless, we had fun and raised well over $9,000. After we tithe our income (given to the Bread of Life Mission and other charities), the remainder of the funds go into our checking account which helps us end the year "in the black." Our Bazaar is a lot of work but a lot of fun, too! In 2021 we will host our 9th Annual Christmas Bazaar. If the pandemic is ended by then, the dates will be November 11-13 with setup November 8-10. If the pandemic is not ended by then, we'll come up with some other way of doing it. Might you have something you could contribute to this sale? We're collecting now! Rummage items, particularly furniture and other "big ticket" items, are welcome and can be stored here until the sale date. (We even have friends in the Phoenix area who will pick up your contributions!) Handcrafted items for the Bazaar (woodworking, craft and sewing products, artwork, jewelry, etc.) are especially needed and, on the days of the Bazaar, homebaked goods. In addition to sale items, we'll need extra help those days and especially during the set-up days just prior. We hope to have a number of friends come to help us. Might that be you? Contact Pastor Jeff to volunteer or if you have questions. - In the past, we've invited other non-profit organizations to come and set up a booth of their own, selling holiday-related items for their own treasuries--and several organizations have responded. What fun it was to share the crowd and share the wealth with these good neighbors! We'll do this again!
In early 2019, we engaged in a mission enhancement campaign called Forward In Faith! (See Video Button Below) Our goal was to raise $150,000 over three years to strengthen the financial base of our congregation. Initial pledges fell short of that goal, but supporters still pledged $125,000--and we remain hopeful that the remaining $25,000 will come to us in some form or fashion. To date, we've received nearly $75,000--over half of what was pledged--and we thank God for this additional income. It has allowed us to meet our budget during the last two tight fiscal years, we've put $20,000 back into our "rainy day" account for emergencies, we paid for the reconditioning of our I-40 billboard, we have tithed all the income that has come in (blessing other ministries with $5,380 in 2019) and we have recently paid for our new church roof with these funds. What a blessing it's been to have these additional funds! We thank Pastor John Cross of Connections Stewardship Ministry who led us in this endeavor. We look forward to a successful resurgence and completion of this campaign.