Pancakes for ULC

University Lutheran Chapel needs our help. Their building is being sold out from under them, and soon they will have no church building.

They are a faithful Lutheran (LCMS) congregation at the University of Minnesota. They are a congregation of students and non-students gathering together to hear the Word and receive the Sacraments together. They are suffering. They need financial support from us, their brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called by our Lord to serve them, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. We can stand together in prayer for them, let them know they’re not abandoned, and help them financially at the same time.

Read more about it at Pancakes For ULC. Register your church as supporting this cause, and raise money to help them!

For more information on ULC see our homepage where we have information at the top of the body.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Pancakes for ULC — 14 Comments

  1. Even the MNS Board of Directors acknowledge that Christians help their brothers and sisters in times of need. At their May 2010 Board meeting they passed a resolution to send a $250,000 gift to the Synod. In their final WHEREAS they noted, “Holy Scripture encourages us to share with those who are in need (i.e., Luke 3:11, Romans 12:13, Ephesians 4:28, 1 Timothy 6:18, and Hebrews 13:16).”

    As I have mentioned earlier, the District is not in dire financial straights. They are spending more than they are bringing in. They are approving budgets with six-figure deficits. But they are also sitting on huge amounts of money. As of 12/31/2010, the MNS District Financial Report stated that the District had $2.1M in undesignated funds and they also had over $1M in Board designated funds, which may be used in any way the Board decides. This means the District has over $3M in reserves. I don’t advocate spending it all but this proves the sale of the campus properties is unnecessary at this point.

  2. LET’S COUNT PANCAKES!!!

    Yes, let’s make it a movement across the synod! I am so very grateful to Our Redeemer of Dallas for this idea. THANK YOU.

    I’d like to throw out (throw in?!) a couple ideas (which I also posted on the Save ULC site). One is to encourage congregations to seek matching funds for their pancake breakfasts. (Am I correct that Thrivent does NOT match if the recipient is a congregation?)

    Secondly, I was studying again the MNS District’s plan for Campus Ministry. Under the page “Minnesota South District Guiding Principles,” at the bottom of the page is a section “OUR GOALS – what we believe God wants us to accomplish.” (HUH?!) Listed are:
    New Disciples – 300,000+ people prayed for and connected to Jesus by 2017
    New Congregations – 50 new mission congregations by 2017
    New Life – 50 revitalized congregations by 2017 (Do we assume that tearing down ULC is “revitalizing” it to fit their idea of campus ministry?)
    New Ministries – 250 new congregational ministries by 2017.

    (As I wrote on the ULC Facebook page…) – I don’t know about you, but I just can’t think of any place in Scripture where God encourages us to be in the business of counting the people we connect to Jesus, nor can I figure out how in the world God revealed to the district what He wants them to accomplish. It also begs the question: If somehow they got word from God on what He wants them to accomplish, including New Congregations, must not one logically conclude that somehow they got word from God on which congregation(s) to tear down? Oh, such foolishness. But it did all spark an idea:

    Instead of counting our “encounters” and our “intentional moments,” LET’S COUNT PANCAKES!!! Let’s see if across the nation we can make good use of those numbers and serve 300,000+ pancakes in at least 50 congregations (or should we use the 250 number here?). That is a tally I believe could be tolerated! (Can anybody make a computer graphic thingie that will stack up the pancakes as the numbers roll in?) 🙂

    May this “Mercy Journey” sweep the nation.

  3. Wondering if Schwan’s would do matching funds for something like this; or maybe they’d donate ice cream for a ice cream social fundraiser.

  4. @Nancy #7
    Most people (especially non-LCMSers) view both Synod and District as being of one heart and mind.

    Pancakes? As the board of MNS would say: “Let them eat cake.”

  5. @Wallenstein #10
    If most people (especially non LCMSers) view both Synod and District as being of one heart and mind, then this needs to be clarified because it certainly is not true in this case.
    District presidents and Boards of Directors are chosen by delegates (pastors and laymen) at district conventions, not by the Synod.
    Perhaps a pastor could add to what I am saying here.

  6. If you want to know what the “Synod” looks like, look at the Council of Presidents. Every congregation in the Synod has two votes (one pastor, one lay) to cast for their district president. Theoretically, every congregation in the Synod had direct input into the makeup of the Council of Presidents. This has not been true of Synod officers, but it WILL be true next time for the Synod president.

  7. Nancy :
    @Wallenstein #10
    If most people (especially non LCMSers) view both Synod and District as being of one heart and mind, then this needs to be clarified because it certainly is not true in this case.
    District presidents and Boards of Directors are chosen by delegates (pastors and laymen) at district conventions, not by the Synod.
    Perhaps a pastor could add to what I am saying here.

    IF you conservatives don’t agree with our theology, we will take your building and sell it! Where have we seen this before:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203476804576614932308302042.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

    Shame on the Willow Creek Lutherans for applauding the actions of Minnesota South. I suppose we should be grateful to MNS that the property will become student apartment buildings instead of a mosque.

    If a house is divided against itself, how can it stand? Or will the house simply be sold to the highest bidder? Let the homeless Lutheran congregation stand on the curb and eat a (pan)cake!

    I am far more interested in learning whether the districts and Synod even have consensus anymore regarding the definition of a “Lutheran” church. Should it preach and teach the sermons of Rick Warren and Willow Creek or of Walther and his contemporaries? These are the issues that the LCMS pastors need to sort out amongst themselves.

    Never forget!

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