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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.

 

Supporting Our Youth

LCEF sponsored the South Wisconsin District trivia game during NYG July 11-15, 2019.

LCEF sponsored the South Wisconsin District trivia game during NYG July 11-15, 2019.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) was blessed to support our youth at the 2019 National Youth Gathering (NYG) in Minneapolis last month. LCEF sponsored various applications (apps) and events at both the district and national levels, including the popular LCEF Exchange.

At the LCEF Exchange, NYG attendees were able to check their youth group Steward Account® balances, make withdrawals and more.

Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, Missouri.

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At their NYG district event, Diana Raasch, LCEF District Vice President - South Wisconsin (pictured left,) shared firsthand how LCEF supports Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod ministries across the nation and abroad with affordable loan funding. The loans are made possible thanks to LCEF investors from babies to grandparents. Raasch also shared the opportunities for youth to apply for college scholarships.

Learn how you can become an LCEF investor and help make a difference for LCMS ministries at lcef.org.

Lutheran Education Growing in Uruguay

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This past July, Lutheran Church Extension Fund President and CEO, Rev. Bart Day was in Montevideo, Uruguay, securing a loan with the Concordia Education Foundation and the Lutheran Church of Uruguay.

This partnership will see the expansion of a high school program and the launch of a Lutheran university. We pray the Lord will richly bless this project for decades to come as Lutheran education continues to grow and expand.

Pictured (from left to right): Nicolas Castellano, Attorney; Juan María Airoldi Algorta, Notary Public; Bart Day, President and CEO, LCEF; Mauro Roll, FEC (Concordia Education Foundation); Edgardo Mastrantono, President San Pablo Lutheran Church of Uruguay.

Under Construction!

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School in Winona, Minn., began construction on a new school this summer. LCEF is blessed to help fund this project with the support of our investors. Pictured above: an artist’s rendering of the project upon completion.

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School in Winona, Minn., began construction on a new school this summer. LCEF is blessed to help fund this project with the support of our investors. Pictured above: an artist’s rendering of the project upon completion.

St. Martin's Lutheran Church and School in Winona, Minnesota, was chartered in 1856 and has been providing a Christian education component from its outset.

This summer, St. Martin’s broke ground on a new educational facility. The new construction will enable the congregation to replace and rebuild an aging and dated building, and expand to meet current and future needs in their community.

Upon completion, the new school will house a new childcare ministry, St. Martin’s Lutheran School (toddlers through 8th grade,) and Hope Lutheran High School. The estimated timeline is to begin school in the new building, fall 2020. And then complete the fellowship hall and gym construction by fall 2021. Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is blessed to help provide funding for this new facility.

The congregation and school ministries are partnering to leverage the new two-story building of nearly 20,000 square feet. There will be 18 classrooms, plus 3,000 square feet of shared space including a media center, two teacher work areas, a conference room, nurse’s office, counselor’s office and three administration offices.

Rocky Sandcork, Hope Lutheran High School (HLHS) Principal and Activities Director sees more than a building going up, he sees wonderful opportunity in expanding Christian education in this place.

“This new building will allow additional and new offerings of art classes; pottery 1 and 2, drawing, graphic design, broadcasting, and multimedia. An actual room dedicated to music and the arts will make a lasting impact on students who desire to serve God in these areas. The church is in desperate need of workers in this area.

With respect to leadership, God is raising up leaders in our schools. These future leaders are being impacted by how their current leaders—church, parents, teachers—view the church. Is it important? A new building sends a message to our own families and the community at large that we are serious about raising up leaders. Leaders in the church and also leaders within their families; leaders in the community and the world.

…With a new building, more and more students will be able to hear the word of God daily. The seed, the Word, is planted in the hearts of all students. Daily devotions, chapel and prayer will help preserve and extend the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Our exchange student program can be expanded. Many of these students do not know Jesus as their personal savior.”

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"LCEF is grateful to all of our investors for making this loan possible. We are thrilled to partner with St. Martin's,” said Kai Larson, LCEF District Vice President - Minnesota South District. “It's great to see such a strong commitment to Christian education from the congregation and community." Learn more about St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School and Hope LHS here.

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.