This year we will celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, November 1. This celebration has been going on for hundreds of years; one of the reasons that Martin Luther nailed his “Ninety Five Theses” to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517 was that he knew that there would be a large number of people coming to church the next day for the solemn occasion. All Saints Day originally began as a commemoration for the early Christians who were martyred for their faith but has expanded to include all who have died in the past year.
Today, many churches ask for photos of loved ones we’ve lost since the last All Saints Day to put up on a screen or on a poster in the Sanctuary, and read their names during church services. Some congregations have a special service as part of the grieving process for those who have lost a family member or friend.
Some other ways people mark the day is with prayer, quiet reflection, spending time with family, or visiting cemeteries. I have a suggestion for something different–a memorial gift to LSS. It’s a wonderful way to honor those we’ve lost with a donation that can help others. LSS has beautiful memorial cards for your use; just let me know if you’d like some at no cost and we’ll send them to you. In addition to the card, an envelope is provided along with a return envelope to send your donation to LSS. You can designate your gift for a specific LSS program, or you can tell us to use it where there is the greatest need.
You also can request some recognition cards to honor those loved ones who are celebrating an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion. For those who don’t need more things, a gift to LSS in their name can be a blessing both to them and to those served by LSS.
Peace and blessings to you–
Linda Jensen | LSS Development & Foundation
Church Relations and Planned Giving Development Officer
705 East 41st Street, Suite 200 l Sioux Falls, SD 57105-6048
605- 444-7536 direct l 800-568-2401 ext. 7536 toll free l 605-310-9865 cell
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