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Y.I. Challenge at St. Paul’s in Melrose

2014 was the inaugural year for the upper Midwest districts of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Young Investors (Y.I.) Challenge. This fun, educational, ten-question online quiz sponsored by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) will be offered again in 2015 and now is the time for your LCMS church/school to pick a team leader! Register as a team leader by Oct. 1, 2014 and learn more.

Pictured above, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Melrose, Minn. was one of the 2014 LCEF Y.I. Challenge winners. Minnesota North District LCEF Vice President George Miller presented a $1,000 winning check to St. Paul’s on March 16, 2014. The congregation Treasurer and Y.I. Challenge Team Leader Marjorie Rodahl and Pastor Kevin Mann accepted the award.

St. Paul’s gifted one third of their $1,000 winnings to Lutheran Island Camp and Retreat Center, one third to their local chapter of the Special Olympics, and one third to their local food shelf.

“It was quite incredible how a smaller congregation such as St. Paul’s was able to rally participation,” said Miller. “Their overwhelming response and results were truly an accomplishment. Marjorie, St. Paul’s Y.I. Challenge team leader, organized communication and awareness efforts. Computers were set up at church to enable computer savvy members to offer support to those who were not. This way everyone had a chance to participate.”

Rodahl also focused her successful communication efforts on those members who were away for the winter months or member college students who may have been at campus some distance away. She encouraged all the members to participate in the Y.I. Challenge.

Pastor Mann also helped create enthusiasm and kept everyone updated on the progress by announcing the status of their congregation each Sunday. Team leaders were provided with one Leader Board email each week for three weeks during the online quiz. These status reports reveal which congregation or school in your district is currently in the lead and who are the churches/schools gaining momentum or quickly catching up! The quiz winners were chosen based upon a combination of percentage of participants and correct answers.

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