St. Paul’s Lutheran, Karnes City Celebrates Thankoffering Sunday

The Women of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church held their annual Thankoffering Service Sunday, January 26. A potluck meal followed the morning worship service. In the Lutheran tradition, the General Synod’s Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society created their first Thankoffering service in 1889 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organization. Beginning in the late 19th century, Lutheran women were given small Thankoffering boxes to place in a special location in their homes as a visible reminder of blessings received. Women would add coins to those boxes almost daily as particular blessings were noted. From their use came the idea of an annual church service to celebrate their collection, and so the women of the congregation would come together for a Thankoffering service.

How did the Lord bless you in 2013? How will you share your blessings, within the community, over the next year? These questions were the focal point of Sunday’s Thankoffering message presented by Dale Pfeifer. The service featured songs and scripture lessons on the topics of Praise and Thanksgiving. Scripture readings included Deuteronomy 16: 9-12, Psalm 147, 1 Chronicles 29: 12-14, and 1 Thessalonians: 12-18. WELCA members participating in the service were Portia Bott, Alyssa Collins, Joni Huwe, Mary Maddox, Stacey Mika, Dale Pfeifer, Margie Pearce, Patsy Yanta, and Sara Yanta.

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