November 9, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
On Monday, November 6, we announced the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients. Consistent with LCEF’s mission, the committee selected ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church. The variety of ideas and creativity in the grant applicants were impressive. More importantly, LCEF President and CEO Bart Day said, “Congregations, schools and our workers […]
October 12, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]
September 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Kelm
Editor’s Note: On September 11, 2017, Rev. Peter Kelm entered the arms of Jesus after a heroic battle with cancer. Later this week Peter’s family, friends, and parishioners will gather to mourn his death and rejoice in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we […]
September 1, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has announced a $250,000 grant to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Disaster Response ministry. The grant is intended for the sole purpose of providing assistance to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. LCMS Disaster Response walks alongside disaster victims to provide emergency […]
July 31, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
I am blessed to have two younger brothers. They are five and seven years younger than me. They are more intelligent than me, better looking and much more talented. But back in the day, when I was a teenager and they were in grade school, my mother would remind me that I needed to set […]
July 14, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
Not long ago, my wife and I drove past a small town in rural Virginia where there once existed a small, but vital congregation of our denomination. The congregation closed many years ago after dwindling population and a military base closure. At the closing service—a true celebration of ministry—the church was packed with former members […]
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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.