Dear Friend of Life,
“They say I’m gonna die,” the little boy explained to his Santa-Claus-suit-clad visitor. “How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?” The Santa stand-in replied, “When you get there, you tell them you’re Santa’s number-one elf, and I know they’ll let you in.” The five-year-old reached up from his bed and gave the man a hug. He flashed the same frail smile that had surfaced moments earlier while weakly unwrapping his visitor’s gift to spot the toy inside. Then the child died quietly lying in the stranger’s arms.
This touching scene happened in a Tennessee hospital over the holidays. It calls to mind the comfort of the familiar hymn: “Who so happy as I am, even now the Shepherd’s lamb? And when my short life is ended, by His angel host attended, He shall fold me to His breast, there within His arms to rest.” In fact, we Gospel-motivated voices have an even stronger promise to deliver than getting designated Santa’s number-one elf. We Lutherans For Life hold a still sweeter hope with which every heart may face fear, suffering, and death itself.
Whoever is afflicted can say to pain, “Jesus who suffered for me also suffers with me, and my healing is hidden with him on high” (see Colossians 3:3-4). Anyone ashamed can tell sin, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20a). Everyone that is afraid can reply to the devil that “the Lord God has made me His beloved child, baptized and forgiven, ‘with whom [he is] well pleased’” (see Matthew 3:17b). All who are alone can respond to hell, “I belong to the Everlasting and Almighty One, and Immanuel incarnate never leaves me nor forsakes me” (see Deuteronomy 31:8b).
Yet sinister forces remain in action around us. They keep recommending death as the best solution for disappointment. Sinful human beings seek to control, and this leaves certain persons vulnerable—those whose ages, appearances, or inabilities make others uncomfortable. Nevertheless, our heavenly Father regards the ones death endangers as especially precious. Will you join us in speaking the uplifting message of God’s grace? Can we count on your special financial gift to show Christ’s compassion through Lutherans For Life’s resources, conversations, and community? I want you to share in our greatest joy—witnessing His mercy rescue and protect lives!
There are many ways you can support LFL!
You will have several membership and donation options (including automatic monthly credit card donations).
If you prefer, you may also call 888.364.LIFE to contribute by credit card. (Automatic monthly credit card donations are available.)
Automatic Monthly Debit from Your Checking or Savings Account (ACH)
Please send your check, made payable to “Lutherans For Life,” to:
Lutherans For Life
1101 5th Street
Nevada, IA 50201-1816
Other Ways to Give Now
Owen’s Mission is a very special project of Lutherans For Life. The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. (That’s 1078 schools affecting 139,000 students!) We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception. We want students to be motivated by what God has done as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier that gives value to life. We want students to value themselves and to value others as persons because of this God-given value.
Abundant Life Giving Society - The Abundant Life Giving Society recognizes individuals, families, congregations, church groups, and businesses that donate $1,000 or more annually to support the mission of Lutherans For Life.
Life Legacy Society - The Life Legacy Society is our way of recognizing dedicated donors who help LFL share the Life message. There are several gift-giving opportunities that allow you to make a lasting impact on LFL.
Real Estate for Life makes it easy for you to help Lutherans For Life by using funds a real estate company has already earmarked for commission fees at no extra cost to you.
Wish List - Most of these items are not included in our annual budget. Please prayerfully consider how you could support one of the projects. A gift of any amount is welcome. We also encourage you to organize a fund raising project with your Bible study, state federation, chapter, Life Team, or another group from your congregation to assist us.
Combined Federal Campaign (for federal employees and military personnel)
The CFC identification number for LFL is 11508.
GoodSearch - Search online and support Lutherans For Life!
iGive.com (shop online and support Lutherans For Life!)
LFL Endowment Fund - The interest income from LFL’s Endowment Fund will be used to educate through printed and published materials, production of videos, and provision of speakers; to provide scholarships to pastors and lay people in order to attend LFL conventions; to help advance our use of technological opportunities through audio-visual equipment, computers and the internet; and to reach out through Word of Hope to women and families after an abortion with the hope of Jesus Christ. You are free to specify a particular area of outreach.
Planned Gifts and Estate Planning - The work of Lutherans For Life—equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life—can be helped through various planned gifts, life-income agreements, endowments and memorial funds.
Special Offering Bulletin Insert
Bulletin insert - Special Offering Bulletin Insert with text box - (offering this month)
Bulletin insert - Special Offering Bulletin Insert with text box - (offering today)
Downloadable Informational Flyer
Flyer - You Can Make a Difference
LFL Financial Information
GuideStar (report includes most recent 990 -- you will need to register)
Christian Preamble - Include a Statement of Faith In Your Will or Trust (LCMS Foundation)
5 Myths About Wills, and What You Should Do (USA Today)
Thank you for your ongoing and often sacrificial support of Lutherans For Life! Your prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial support allow Lutherans For Life to continue to Bring the Good News For Life to children, youth, and adults. You are examples of Christ’s love in action. Your partnership with Lutherans For Life is needed today more than ever before.
2016 Congregational Donor Honor Roll - LFL is very grateful to the following congregations for their financial support in 2016. To God be the Glory!