October 31, 2019 | Posted by LCEF
The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has awarded a total of $832,135 to 26 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) elementary schools throughout the United States. This year, LCEF narrowed the focus of impact for the grants to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Eligible grant proposals included faculty enrichment, curriculum development, facility improvements […]
September 19, 2019 | Posted by LCEF
Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are the crown jewel of tax-advantaged products. The reason is the so-called triple tax benefit. Those benefits include putting money in your HSA without being taxed; earning interest on those contributions without being taxed; and taking qualified distributions without being taxed. Before you can contribute to an HSA, however, you must […]
October 26, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
The city Around A.D. 1180, Flemish colonists fleeing persecution and overcrowding in Flanders settled in Eastern Germany along the River Elbe. Perhaps the wide and languid river proved a substantial source of fish while the land was fertile for harvesting and herding. For whatever reason they chose that particular spot, little could these farmers, traders, […]
October 11, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
When you’ve been accommodating the Lutheran senior citizen community for several decades, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see at least one big construction project in that time. this was precisely the case for Lutheran Haven, a full-service retirement community in Oviedo, Fla., that has been serving the Lutheran community since 1948. “We’ve been here for 70 years, […]
October 10, 2018 | Posted by LCEF
In early October, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) announced the 2018 grant recipients of the Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by LCEF. “This was, as it always is,” said Susan Schaefer, LCEF assistant vice president-Executive Office, “a task steeped in prayer by a committee of dedicated volunteers.” After a full day of deliberating, the […]
September 28, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
This article is in response to The Truth About Stewardship. Knolhoff thinks the reason why there are so many misconceptions is “that when it comes to stewardship, we focus on what the steward does (stewardship) without ever talking about who the steward is (identity).” First and foremost, a Christian steward is a child of God. […]
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As a consultant for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Randy enjoys assisting the Lord’s people in experiencing the joys of generosity. He is a firm believer in the Scriptural truth that “whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). He says, “Stewardship is simply reflecting the image of our generous God, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” His leadership has encouraged his congregation to provide generous support for ministries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Randy has been a parish pastor for 35 years. For the past 28 years, he has been serving First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Leading a large congregation has enabled him to experience six capital campaigns, allowing him to provide great insights to pastors in capital campaigns and stewardship.
Randy has served Concordia University Wisconsin as an adjunct professor of theology for 26 years. In 2010, the university awarded him the honor of “Distinguished Alumnus.” He has also served 12 years on the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors, including six years as Board Chair and First Vice President of the district. He conducts seminars on generosity and provides encounters for parish pastors to discuss cultural issues and the church’s impact.
Randy resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with his wife, Diana, who is the South Wisconsin District’s Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s District Vice President. They have two married daughters and three granddaughters. Randy’s mission statement is to serve God by serving others.