Thankfully, TLO Y.I. Stamp Coordinator Diane Streich has some outstanding help to keep their very active stamp program running smoothly. Streich recognized TLO students, Elianna VanHulzen and Luke Symmank, at TLO’s spring awards ceremony last month. These two students served as Y.I. Stamp Assistants throughout the 2014-15 school year giving other students the opportunity to practice the basics of good stewardship and saving.
Streich and her assistants update a Y.I. Stamp bulletin board throughout the school year. Y.I. investments help fund churches and schools so “each die-cut church represents a filled Y.I. stamp sheet. TLO students completed 155 stamp sheets this school year!” said Streich. The second grade class had the most stamp participation at 57%. Well done!
New! for Y.I. Club members (ages birth to 18 years), visit yiclub.lcef.org. Check out the new online site for age-appropriate games, devotions and more. Even Y.I. Club videos help youth learn more about stewardship and our ALL NEW Bible Story Videos at yiclub.lcef.org.
At TLO it's important to teach children to give thanks for God's many blessings and to use those blessings wisely to serve Him. Learning to understand the value of sharing, saving and spending money is a good place to start. The Y.I. Stamp program helps students save for the future through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Y.I. Club, those same invested dollars can also help others learn about Jesus. It’s an investment in ministry.
How do stamps work? Each week, students are encouraged to divide up their chore and gift money at home into weekly offering, saving and spending. Students can bring offering to chapel or worship. They can use their saving portion to purchase Y.I. stamps. When their Y.I. stamp sheet is full, they can invest the $25 into LCEF and become a Y.I. Club member with their very own Y.I. StewardAccount.
Y.I. StewardAccount Features:
• Minimum of $25 to open account
• Premium interest rate (3.5% June/July 2015) on balances up to $1,000
• Savings grow with the child, but are accessible
• Checks and debit card available to custodian
• Debit card available at age 16
• Interest compounded and paid monthly
• Make additional investments with checks or Y.I. Stamps
Note: The Y.I. StewardAccount is not available to investors living in South Carolina. StewardAccount access features are offered through UMB Bank, n.a.
To learn more about offering Y.I. stamps at your LCMS Sunday or Day school, visit lcef.org or contact Maria.Hendrickson@lcef.org or call 877-371-5233.