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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.

 

LCEF District Outreach Grant to Help Fund a “Bethlehem Experience”

Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Waconia, Minn., was the recipient of a 2019 LCEF Minnesota South District Outreach Grant. Ms. Heidi Pawelk accepted the funds from LCEF Minnesota South District Vice President Kai Larson on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Waconia, Minn., was the recipient of a 2019 LCEF Minnesota South District Outreach Grant. Ms. Heidi Pawelk accepted the funds from LCEF Minnesota South District Vice President Kai Larson on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Waconia, had a desire to create a “Bethlehem Experience” for their community. Waconia, Minnesota, is a growing suburb located west of the Twin Cities with a population of more than 12,000.

Trinity plans to offer the event early in December to help create a sense of excitement and anticipation during the Advent season. The congregation members, school families and staff will work together to share the true meaning of Christmas with their community in an interactive and engaging way.

The Bethlehem Experience will include a Living Nativity with a petting zoo as well various stations for families to learn more about the birth of Christ and what that means for believers. The event would lead families through the Advent story through various stations including a dress up area, craft station, book station and a service project to benefit local nursing homes and food shelf.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is blessed to help fund this outreach event. Trinity is one of three 2019 recipients of a $1,000 LCEF Minnesota South District outreach grant. "What a blessing it is to be able to help Trinity, Waconia, with their Bethlehem Experience as they strive to share with their community, the true meaning of Christmas,” said LCEF Minnesota South District Vice President Kai Larson. The LCEF grant will enable the ministry to offer the Bethlehem Experience as a free event to the public.

The 2020 LCEF district grant applications will be available at lcefcentral.org/grants beginning in September 2019. All Minnesota South District organizations are encouraged to apply.

LCEF also provides affordable loan funds for Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod ministries and rostered church workers. This ministry financing is made available thanks to LCEF investors. Invest today! Contact your LCEF district vice president or visit our national website at lcef.org.

2019 LCEF Minnesota South District Grant Recipients Announced

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Lutheran Church Extension Fund helps empower Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries with every dollar invested. LCEF provides customized loans and services for ministries as well as loans for rostered church workers who dedicate their lives to sharing the Gospel.

As a nonprofit religious organization, LCEF is blessed to direct operating results right back into mission and ministry. These $1,000 outreach grants are awarded to the following Minnesota South District LCMS organizations:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Owatonna

  • Laundry Ministry

University Lutheran Chapel, Minneapolis

  • A study on Handel’s Messiah.

Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Waconia

  • Bethlehem Experience

The 2020 LCEF district outreach grant application process will begin in September 2019. Please visit lcefcentral.org/grants for more information.

Partner with Lutheran Church Extension Fund and you can help provide funding for ministry! Learn more about investing in the Church via Lutheran Church Extension Fund at lcef.org or contact your Minnesota South District LCEF Vice President Kai Larson at 952-223-2163 or Kai.Larson@lcef.org.

“Heart of the Neighborhood” Awarded LCEF District Outreach Grant

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Congratulations Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa! Trinity was awarded the 2019 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Iowa District East $1,000 Outreach Grant.

Trinity will host a TLC Welcome Center “Grand Opening.” This event, scheduled for Fall 2019, will include food, games and tours of the church and school. This event will also kick-off Heart of the Community series of information/education events that will occur over the course of the year. These events include speakers and classes on Caring for an Aging Family Member, What You Need to Know About your Kid(s) and Social Media, Human Trafficking, SuperSitters (babysitting course), VBS, etc. Each event will include a meal and free childcare.

 The 2020 LCEF district grant applications will be available at lcefcentral.org/grants beginning in September 2019. All LCMS Iowa District East organizations are encouraged to apply.

 LCEF has also been blessed to support Trinity over the years with affordable loan financing. Thanks to LCEF investors, these funds are available to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod ministries at home and abroad. For more information on becoming a Lutheran Church Extension Fund investor, contact your LCEF district vice president or visit our national website at lcef.org.

Ministering to Immigrants in North Dakota

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Members and leadership at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota, realized that many immigrants living in and around the Fargo/Moorhead community have little or no computer knowledge. Some new immigrants moving in were repressed and uneducated in their homeland, for others, it has been a long time since they sat in a classroom. The congregation started an immigrant computer skills training program and were able to apply a Lutheran Church Extension Fund Minnesota North District outreach grant to help fund it.

 It has been estimated “that almost eight percent of Fargo’s population is foreign born, largely refugees settled through Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the only federally approved resettlement organization in the state.

In recent years, North Dakota has led the nation in per capita refugee resettlement. Far from the snow-white portrayal in the eponymous Coen brothers’ movie, Fargo is, in fact, a city of many colors.

People seeking asylum have been coming to the state since the 1940s. Previous groups hailed from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Bosnia. Today, they often come from Bhutan, Iraq, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” (“The Refugees of North Dakota,” Ingram, 2018.)

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 According to their grant application, participants in Our Redeemers’ first phase of the program are taught Introduction to Computer, MS-Office Package, creating email and how to use email services, how to face a job interview, and resume preparation among other lessons prepared. The first phase of the training was completed with an evaluation assessment exam. The training program has four instructors. After completing the assessment exams, students were given a break. During that time, training staff and the team from Our Redeemer work on developing plans for the second phase of the program.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is blessed to help fund this outreach programming. If your Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministry is interested in a 2020 LCEF district outreach grant, online applications will be available here this September or ask your local district vice president.

LCEF Nebraska District 2019 Outreach Grant Recipients

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Lutheran Church Extension Fund helps empower Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries with every dollar invested. LCEF provides customized loans and services for ministries as well as loans for rostered church workers who dedicate their lives to sharing the Gospel.

As a nonprofit religious organization, LCEF is blessed to direct operating results right back into mission and ministry. These $1,000 outreach grants are awarded to the following Nebraska District LCMS organizations:

• Centennial Lutheran Church, Superior

o Christmas In the Barn

• Christ Lutheran Church, Lincoln

o Neighborhood party at South Campus

• Faith Lutheran Church, Hastings

o After-school care for special needs students

• Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Milford

o Community Christmas Carol Festival and other community events

• Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Goehner

o Resurrection Run

• Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Elkhorn

o Community Family Fun Festival

• Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Holdrege

o Celebrate Recovery jail ministry

• St. Paul's Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML), Cambridge

o Community Movie Night and other community projects

• Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Island

o Community meal kits

• University Lutheran Chapel, Lincoln

o International student meals

The 2020 LCEF district outreach grant application process will begin in September 2019. Please visit lcefcentral.org/grants for more information.

Partner with Lutheran Church Extension Fund and you can help provide funding for ministry! Learn more about investing in the Church via Lutheran Church Extension Fund at lcef.org or contact your Nebraska District LCEF Vice President Nate Meier, MBA at 402-643-2961 or Nate.Meier@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