2017 Pedal for a Purpose

     The year 2017 marks two great commemorations...the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 5th annual Pedal for a Purpose. Over the last four years, 77 cyclists have biked over 1,217 miles to visit 44 congregations and raise over $95,000 to support ministries such as Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), Lutheran Campus ministry in our synod, our Madagascar companion synods, and seminary debt reduction for new pastors in our synod. What will 2017 bring? Much of that is up to you!
     We don’t want to tell you what to do, but instead offer suggestions and resources to help you use your gifts and creativity to work within your context. As Lutherans, we suspect a meal and worship would be a good place to start. We are working together towards a common purpose, so a program focusing on this year’s beneficiary would also be important. Beyond that, the sky is the limit!
     For this year’s beneficiary, we will turn our sights again to LSSI.  We have identified two main areas of their ministry to support, the divisions of “Prisoner and Family Ministry” and “Children’s Community Services”. Together as a synod, we are confident that we can make a significant impact on these ministries by raising awareness and a goal of $50,000! As always, the financial goal is not necessarily the greatest reward, but the journey itself.  The journey begins with one step. We pray that you will consider taking that step now in participating with our synod-wide effort. 

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