Michelle Schlinke of Cuero will be the guest speaker for the service, which is sponsored by St. Peter’s unit of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The service will begin at 9 a.m. St. Peter’s is located at 1545 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1961 in Ander. Members of the community are invited to attend the service.
The service will also include the dedication of gifts to Lutheran World Relief. These gifts include mission quilts, personal care kits, baby care kits, fabric kits, school kits, and soap.
According to “All about Thankofferings” by Emily Hansen, Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings and provide an important and tangible way to express that gratitude.
It is a tradition grounded in a celebration of community, of meeting together to joyfully give thanks for what God has given. Thankofferings have always been, and still are, an opportunity to say thank you to God in both significant and ordinary moments.
Beginning in the late 19th century, Lutheran women were given small Thankoffering boxes to place in a special location in their homes as a visible reminder of blessings received. Women would add coins to those boxes almost daily as particular blessings were noted. From their use came the idea of an annual church service to celebrate their collection, and so the women of the congregation would come together for a Thankoffering service.
Schlinke has been a synodically authorized minister in the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2010 and serves as lay minister at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Cuero. She serves as an at-large board member for Southwestern Texas Synodical Women’s Organization. Through her synodical board service, she serves as the board mentor for St. Peter’s Women of the ELCA unit.
She enjoys providing Bible study and justice issues programs that are important to women. A retired licensed social worker, she spent 25 years with the State of Texas and five years working in community mental health centers.