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Ideas for Memorial and Special Gifts

From time to time people inquire into what might be needed by the congregation that could be given as a special gift. The purpose of the inquiry might be to determine a suitable use for gifts that have been given to the church as memorials for a loved one, or it might be a desire to commemorate some special life occasion (an anniversary, significant birthday, the celebration of a special achievement, etc.) by offering a gift to the church in recognition of that event. Such gifts supplement our current programs with excellent resources and provide new oppurtunities for ministry.

If you are seeking to offer such a gift to this congregation, we are confident that you will find a worthy project from the list below which will fulfill your own special criteria. We are indeed blessed by the bounty our Lord continues to provide.

Worship Resources
Worship and song books
  • Lutheran Book of Worship (additional copies)
  • With One Voice (additional copies)
Resources for planning and worship folder preparation
  • Lutheran Book of Worship Liturgies: Electronic Edition
  • Lutheran Book of Worship:Organist's Edition
  • Lectionary for Worship Ritual Edition

Space for Worship
Hard Surface flooring (hardwood,slate or stone) for chancel(altar area)
Parament sets with matching chasubles (blue for advent,purple for lent,red for Pentecost)
Fair Linens (large white altar linens)
Communion Linens
Permanent Oil Paschal (Easter/Baptismal) candle
Permanent oil Advent candles
Assisting minister albs
Repair and refinishing of pews

Music Ministry
Expansion to pedal division of the organ
Piano (replacement)
Music fund (for music or paying guest musicians)
Public Access TV Ministry
Broadcast quality video camera
Camera tripod
Video editing computer
Broadcast sound equipment to enhance sound television quality

The Lutheran (every home plan for one year)
Home Altar (seasonal devotions for families and children)
Word in Season

Capital Improvements
Air conditioning of sanctuary
Exterior lighting for main entrance and front cross of building
Main church sign improvements (two-sided for improved visibility)
Road markers to replace those that are weathered
Child-sized chairs for Sunday School rooms
Memorial garden on Prospect/Spring corner,possibly w/improved sign
Chair lift to provide handicap access to Fellowship and Forsberg Halls
Renovations to Fellowship Hall
accoustical ceiling
classroom dividers
new flooring
kitchen renovations

Educational and Classroom Resources
Classroom Bibles (Comtemporary English Version)
Art for hallways in Sunday School area (Forsberg Hall)
TV/VCR combinations (to make video resources available to classrooms)
Portable CD players

Church Library
Volumes of Luther's Works
Children's books
Books on spiritual life
Books on grief and loss
Books on Christian life-style
Books on social issues
Self-help books by Christian authors

Youth Ministry
Contribution toward Youth Activity Fund
Contribution toward continuation of Youth Ministry Director position

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
34 Prospect Street     Shrewsbury, MA    01545     (508) 842-2731