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Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is a unique ministry-through-investment organization that offers Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members the opportunity to invest their money, earn interest, and help build LCMS churches and schools at the same time.

LCEF - Central Region serves Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod organizations and members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Learn more about LCEF at lcef.org.

 

Jensen 2019 LCEF District Scholarship Recipient in Iowa West

Congratulations to the 2019 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship recipient, Connor Jensen. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jensen will graduate from Spirit Lake High School this spring and plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, this fall.

Congratulations to the 2019 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship recipient, Connor Jensen. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jensen will graduate from Spirit Lake High School this spring and plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, this fall.

“Connor has been a strong leader and successful young man throughout high school.” – Rev. David Simonson, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Connor Jensen is the recipient of the 2019 $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Iowa District West scholarship. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jensen will graduate from Spirit Lake High School this spring. He is the son of Jed and Amy Jensen and plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames this fall.

Active in academics and athletics, Connor has also been a leader in various groups including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Spirit Lake High School Key Club.

In his letter of recommendation, Roland Schmidt, Spirit Lake High School Government Teacher, coach and FCA advisor, wrote the following:

[Connor] is an excellent student and an individual with a strong character. Connor’s academic strengths, personal character and motivation make him ideally equipped for the college experience.

… Connor performs at the mastery level and consistently demonstrates a strong desire to learn. … I had the opportunity to serve as Connor’s travel basketball and football coach from 5th to 8th grade. I watched him grow up learning the value of competition, working with teammates, and playing with integrity. I enjoyed watching him lead our varsity football team as the quarterback and linebacker. Fiercely competitive, a team leader, Connor is a role model for sportsmanship.

Connor has shown to be an effective leader…. He is well respected by his peers and teachers. He makes positive choices and is a role model for all students at Spirit Lake High School. …He is a gifted student, athlete and leader; a genuine person, truly living what he believes.

Annual LCEF District Scholarships

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships to active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. Those interested in the 2020 LCEF district scholarships can learn more at lcefcentral.org. Applications will be available online beginning in September 2019.

Learn how you can help support ministries through your LCEF investments at lcef.org.

Eckert Received LCEF Scholarship in Davenport

Pictured left to right, LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West Carole White, MBA, 2018 LCEF scholarship recipient Rachel Eckert, and Rev. Randall Golter, Senior Pastor · Executive Director at Trinity, Davenport on December 16, 2018. White presented Eckert with the $1,000 LCEF award at her home congregation.

Pictured left to right, LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West Carole White, MBA, 2018 LCEF scholarship recipient Rachel Eckert, and Rev. Randall Golter, Senior Pastor · Executive Director at Trinity, Davenport on December 16, 2018. White presented Eckert with the $1,000 LCEF award at her home congregation.

Rachel Eckert, daughter of Rev. Timothy and Susan Eckert, received the 2018 Iowa District East Lutheran Church Extension Fund $1,000 Scholarship at her home congregation on December 16, 2018. Carole White, LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West, presented the award at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.

Rachel attends Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, majoring in engineering. She plans to design and develop new, economically feasible products that will make a positive impact on people’s lives.

A Blessing to Others

White was pleased to recognize Rachel for her compassion, academia and achievements. “God has richly blessed Rachel with special talents; it is inspiring to hear how she is a blessing to others.”

In previous years, Rachel served as a crew leader for Trinity’s Vacation Bible School, served as a member of the Youth Ensemble, participated in Kids Against Hunger, founded and coached FIRST LEGO League Team at East Side Mission, and helped to establish FIRST in Kenya which impacted almost 3000 children. As a confirmand, she arranged a service project that led her to personally knit 100 hats for local and Guatemalan infants, among many other activities.

Associate Pastor Michael Vokt shares that the reasons for his recommendation of Rachel “transcend her excellence in academics, robotic competitions and music. What sets her apart from other students are the many ways she demonstrates her love for her neighbor, both those who are nearby and those who are far, far away.”

Rachel is a gifted musician and was a student of Roberta Quist for seven years. In her letter of recommendation, Quist wrote, “Not only is she a dedicated piano student but she is a very dedicated Christian…she has played for church services, nursing homes and other community events. She faithfully attends church, Sunday school and youth activities as well as participates in the Trinity Youth Ensemble. She openly talks about her faith and we have often talked together about our life in Christ. Rachel has won numerous awards at local and state piano competitions and encourages other students, learning from others and sharing her knowledge.”

Managing money in a way that glorifies God

Rachel has a strong understanding of Lutheran Church Extension Fund: “LCEF is valuable because it equips people to expand God’s kingdom. Through investments, loans, grants and teaching materials (such as the Young Investors Club,) LCEF provides opportunities for Christians to manage their money in a way that glorifies God. 1 Timothy 6:18 commands us to ‘Do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.’ I have been a partner in LCEF’s ministry for a long time and will continue to be. My family has history with the organization; both my parents and grandparents have savings with LCEF. As my responsibility and independence increase, it is imperative for me to prioritize Christ in every area of my life, finances included.”

Annual LCEF District Scholarships

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The deadline for the 2019 scholarships was January 31, 2019. Subscribe to the newsfeed at lcefcentral.org to learn who will receive the $1,000 scholarships. Online announcements for all recipients in the ten districts of LCEF’s Central Region should be completed by May. If you’re interested in the 2020 LCEF scholarships, an online application should be available at lcefcentral.org in September 2019.

Mullen Received LCEF Iowa District West 2018 Scholarship

LCEF Iowa District West $1,000 Scholarship Recipient Abigail Mullen (pictured center) with her family and Carole White, LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West (far right.) White presented Mullen’s scholarship at her home congregation, Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa, on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

LCEF Iowa District West $1,000 Scholarship Recipient Abigail Mullen (pictured center) with her family and Carole White, LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West (far right.) White presented Mullen’s scholarship at her home congregation, Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa, on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

“God has blessed Abigail with intelligence and gifts of service as well as a strong faith,” said Carole White, Lutheran Church Extension Fund District Vice President – Iowa East and West.

Abigail Mullen received her $1,000 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship at her home congregation Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa, on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Mullen graduated from Adel Desoto Minburn (ADM) High School last spring. The daughter of Gary and Laurie Mullen, Abigail is attending Concordia University Nebraska, Seward.

“While she is a multi-talented student, it is her humility and character that make Abby such a likeable person.” – ADM H.S. Language Arts Teacher Jacqueline Seidl

In his letter of recommendation, Rev. John Burger wrote, “…[Abigail] is a vital member of Faith Lutheran Church…. she is truly a leader among her peers.” Burger explained how Abigail was not only faithful in worship attendance but also displayed a servant’s heart by running the church audio/visual equipment, helping with their Wednesday evening family education programming for children and more. 

In her scholarship essay, Mullen wrote, “What I like about LCEF’s mission is that it is Christ centered.  We live in a very “me” centered world, so it is such a blessing to have an organization that provides funds and services with Jesus in mind.  The churches and schools that benefit financially from LCEF have the opportunity to further the Kingdom of God through the people they touch.  It is fulfilling the Great Commission as Jesus commanded.”

Watch for 2019 LCEF Scholarships!

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. The deadline to apply for the 2019 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship was January 31, 2018. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org

Preventing Ice Dams and Icicles

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Problem

Ice dams are ridges of ice and icicles caused by melt water from further up the roof re-freezing lower on the roof. The “dam” created by the ridge of ice along the eaves can trap further melt water and result in significant leakage under and through the roofing, the roof structure, or the ceiling and walls below. Large icicles along the eaves can become a danger to people below if they fall.

Cause

The fundamental cause of ice dams is a result of part of the roof becomes warm enough to melt snow that is lying on the roof, the snow will melt and water will run down a sloped roof. If the water encounters a cold surface, the water turns to ice. Ice dams result from a difference in temperature on the roof surface where the upper part of the roof is warmer than the lower.

Common Causes

• Warm air entering space below roof membrane, causing warming and melting of snow. Air leakage through ceiling plane increases the temperature of an attic space or the underside of the roof membrane.

• Poor or insufficient insulation.

• Heat sources in attic.

• Poor ventilation.

Solutions

Air leakage—attic hatch, space conditioning ducts, plumbing stacks and penetrations, chimneys, electrical penetrations, light fixtures, recessed lights and perimeter walls are potential leak sources.

▪ Sealant/caulking can be used to fill small openings and gaps.

▪ Expanding polyurethane or acrylic foam should be used around openings no more than one inch in size.

▪ For large openings, drywall with taped joints should be used.

Insulation—the more insulation provided on the interior, the more unlikely enough snow will collect to cause melting. Depth of insulation depends on the climate, however it is recommended a minimum or R30 be provided below ventilated attic roof membranes, R35 below ventilated cathedral ceilings, and R40 below unventilated cathedral ceilings. These recommendations should be increased for very cold climates. (DOE Zone 6 or higher).

Heat sources in attic—air leakage from ducts placed in the attic can also act as a significant heat and moisture source, and cause both condensation and snow melting. If sources are already there, adding a significant amount of insulation and an airtight blanket around them will reduce the source of heat being introduced into the attic.

Ventilation—keeping the underside of the roof sheathing close to the exterior temperature is the best solution. This is achieved with good ventilation and good insulation acting together.

Waterproofing membrane—a self-sealing waterproofing membrane should be installed on the roof high enough to resist six to eight inches of water above the edge of the wall insulation.

LCEF’s Architectural Advisory Committee provides site and facility analyses and can assist with energy efficient projects. Visit lcef.org or contact your local LCEF district vice president.

LCEF District Grant Helps Students Experience ‘Camp Creation’

One of 110 campers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church ‘Camp Creation II’ held in June 2018 at Iowa School for the Deaf. The camp was funded in part by an LCEF Iowa District West grant.

One of 110 campers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church ‘Camp Creation II’ held in June 2018 at Iowa School for the Deaf. The camp was funded in part by an LCEF Iowa District West grant.

LCEF District Grant Helps Students Experience ‘Camp Creation’

“It was an honor to receive a $1,000 grant from Lutheran Church Extension Fund Iowa District West to support the Gospel outreach in Council Bluffs through our annual community-based ‘Camp Creation,’” said Rev. Nathan Sherrill, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

A Christian Worldview

Camp Creation II is a 3rd-8th grade summer camp hosted by St. Paul's Lutheran Church in cooperation with Iowa School for the Deaf and several other local and regional partners. CC II seeks to offer a thorough STEM educational experience conducted from a Christian worldview. Unique in this community, Camp Creation itself has been held for 10 years and continues to grow. This year, more than 110 campers took advantage of this summer series held over the course of two weeks (CC I and CC II) in June 2018.

According to Sherrill, a goal of Camp Creation is to show students and their families that science and Christianity go together. This can be contrary to the present opinion of our secular culture. Camp began with devotions and reflections on God’s Word which propelled students into active investigation and study of God’s created order and world. The church collaborated with two local science teachers and a math teacher from the public school. These teachers, who are passionate about their vocations and their faith, brought a professionalism to the task of discovery that students picked up on.

Students learn through science.

Students learn through science.

Discovery Through Science

Areas of emphasis this year included physical science, life science and math related to the sciences discussed. Students made roller coasters, studied a crime scene, tested materials, with microscopes, designed building structures inside and out and played games that mimicked the activities of nocturnal animals. Each day had a challenge event that students participated in together that in some way applied their classroom learning.

In all, Camp Creation is about Jesus and His creation of the world and universe and His redemption of us through the cross. Studying what God has made, allows us to know more about Him, His mind and His heart for sinners. “A great compliment to Camp Creation, all the 7th graders attending this year said they wanted to return as 8th graders,” said Sherrill. “While it is not in the end about what is fun, it is important to offer the children education and the environment that applies to them and that they feel comfortable in.”

Camp attendance continues to grow each year.

Camp attendance continues to grow each year.

2019 LCEF Grant Application Deadline

The Lutheran Church Extension Fund is a nonprofit ministry of the Church; therefore, fiscal year end operating results are put right back into mission and ministry.

The application deadline for 2019 LCEF district outreach grants is January 31, 2019; learn more and apply at lcefcentral.org/grants. 2019 LCEF district grant recipients will be announced in the newsfeed at lcefcentral.org.

LCEF is blessed by strong investors and faithful borrowers. Become a partner in ministry, learn more at lcef.org.