A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Giving

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

- Matthew 6:21

Why give...

"Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first give us - our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our LORD.  Amen."
- From the Lutheran Book of Worship

"Christian stewardship is the practice of the Christian religion. It is neither the department of life nor a sphere of activity. It is the Christian conception of life as a whole, manifested in attitudes and actions."
- W. H. Greever (1937)

We give to the church for multiple reasons
(borrowing from Mark Allan Powell's  book "Giving to God"):
 1) It is an act of worship -what we serve we worship. By releasing our financial resources to God's work, we proclaim that we serve God.
2) It transforms our confession from words to actions - as we commit our resources to God's work, we live out what we speak out.
3) It shapes us - to quote, "The point isn't that how we spend our money reveals what sort of people we are, but how we spend our money determines what sort of people we become."
4) It's needed - for God's work to be done through this institution, we need to pay for salaries, utilities, supplies, etc. and then to offer our gifts to transform the world - feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, visiting the prisoner (Matthew 25:40)

Ways To Give

Give Online

Use the form at the right to set up  a one=time or recurring financial gift. . Once set up, the process can be used through the church website or mobile app. 

Give by Automatic Withdrawal

Stop by the church office to fill out an ACH authorization and the church will automatically withdraw the amount you designate as your monthly offering. 

Give In Person

When you worship you can place your offering in the plate as it is passed, or you can drop it off at the church office. 

Mail A Check

If getting to church is difficult, or you live at a distance, you are invited to send your check by mail to First Lutheran Church, ATTN: Financial Secretary, PO Box 300, Brookings, SD  57006.

First Lutheran Foundation

What legacy will you leave when you're gone?
The First Lutheran Foundation was created to help people make a difference in the life of the church for years to come. All Foundation gifts are placed in the ELCA Pooled Trust fund, with only the interest being used to fund special projects, ministries, and the mission work in the church. If you'd like to find out how to make a gift, or just want more information, please contact the church office by email or phone (605-692-6251).
Also, the South Dakota Synod of the ELCA works with Lutheran Planned Giving to help you consider your large gift/estate gift options - with no expectations or commissions. You can contact them by clicking on the "LEARN MORE" button here: 

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