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


Announcing $1,000 Y.I. Challenge Winner from MNS District


Who is our Minnesota South District winner? ... Congratulations Trinity Lone Oak (TLO) in Eagan! Your members and school families made huge gains the last week of the quiz to forge ahead in Lutheran Church Extension Fund's Young Investor (Y.I.) Challenge. TLO will be awarded $1,000 from LCEF for their ministry! 

Stay tuned for three more district winners to be announced, one each from Minnesota North, North Wisconsin and South Wisconsin. We are working on tallying responses and hope to announce each district winner within the week. You can also follow us at to see winners from all upper Midwest districts - LCMS.

To find out how you can start or gift a Young Investor (Y.I.) account, visit or click here.

Celebrating Lutheran Educators

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) helped celebrate Lutheran educators at the Minnesota South District President's Conference in Mankato on Oct. 17, 2013.  At the end of the day, Conference Convener Laura Langhoff congratulates Teacher Jessica Hess on her gift from LCEF, a new iPad Mini. Jessica is a teacher at Prince of Peace Academy of Messiah Lutheran Church, Moundsview, Minn. Prayers of thanksgiving for all of our MNS District educators! 


LCEF at Holy Cross, Minneapolis


On Tues., Sept. 3, 2013, LCEF Minnesota South District Vice President Kurt Fuhr met with members of Holy Cross, Minneapolis. The congregation hosted a follow up demographics meeting  to  better understand the various people groups in their neighborhood. This  group exercise helps the congregation identify & process local needs with a focus on building  relationships and making connections.

Raising members and leaders' awareness  helps successfully serve ministry needs that might otherwise be overlooked.  Contact your district VP to learn more about LCEF demographic resources.

MN South District Executive Mike Zimmer Takes Call To Northern IL

MNS District Pres. Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy presents departing district executive Mike Zimmer  (right)  with a gift at last Thursday's luncheon. Rev. Dan Ritter (left) of Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Bloomington hosted the program.

MNS District Pres. Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy presents departing district executive Mike Zimmer (right) with a gift at last Thursday's luncheon. Rev. Dan Ritter (left) of Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Bloomington hosted the program.

"The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations," Rev. 22:2 was the cornerstone of a luncheon hosted at Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn. on Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013.  Colleagues and co-workers gathered together at a farewell luncheon and sending devotion for Minnesota South District Executive Mike Zimmer.

The Minnesota South District was blessed by Zimmer's leadership and vision as he served in various positions for 18 years.  Zimmer first served at Redeemer Lutheran in Wayzata, then at Mayer Lutheran High School and finally, in 2008, Zimmer joined the MNS District staff in Mission Formation.

Colleagues and co-workers attended a farewell luncheon and sending devotion for MNS District Exec. Mike Zimmer at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn. on Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013.  

Prior to the MNS District, Zimmer taught high school social studies in Illinois and served as a youth director and parish administrator in Omaha, Neb.

Zimmer has accepted a call to join the Northern Illinois District staff as an education executive. He will be moving closer to many family members and friends since Zimmer grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from Concordia - River Forest. Mike's wife, Jeni, started her new teaching job in Chicago this month. 

In Appreciation

 Left to Right: Pauline Wiemann, Darlene Weckwerth, Shirley Bethke and (not pictured) Ester Beseke. In the midst of this busy Advent season, these Peace Lutheran Church, Arlington members take time to package appreciation gifts for Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) volunteers in the Minnesota South District - LCMS.

LCEF Area Representative Pauline Wiemann coordinated the group. Wiemann and Peace members also package for Orphan Grain Train throughout the year, and send Valentine gifts to their college students. We appreciate you ladies, thank you for helping out so cheerfully!

Murdock LCEF Award Winner!

The national LCEF volunteer award for outstanding service to the Church and ministry of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund is the Fred E. Lietz Individual Ministry Award. Only three Minnesota South District LCEF volunteers have won this award in the history of LCEF. Congratulations to our 2012 winner Dr. Thomas Murdock of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Roseville, Minn.! Tom is pictured with his wife Dianne at the award banquet in Orlando. Tom was very SURPRISED by this honor; it was announced at the LCEF Fall Leadership Conference award banquet Friday, Nov. 16. LCEF is so blessed by Tom's faithfulness to his Lord and Savior and by his dedicated volunteer service to the LCEF ministry. He has served for more than THIRTY years as King of Kings Congregation Representative, nearly ten years as King of Kings Lutheran School K.I.D.S. Coordinator (watch this two minute video featuring Tom and the school K.I.D.S. Stamp program) and more recently as the north east metro LCEF Area Representative.