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Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) - upper midwest districts serves Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) organizations and members in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. LCEF is a unique ministry-through-investment organization that offers LCMS members the opportunity to invest their money, earn interest, and help build LCMS churches and schools at the same time. www.lcef.org

 

Findlay Received LCEF Minnesota North District Scholarship

Megan Findlay received a $1,000 LCEF scholarship award on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at her home congregation, St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Minn. LCEF District Vice President – Minnesota North George Miller presented the check.

Megan Findlay received a $1,000 LCEF scholarship award on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at her home congregation, St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Minn. LCEF District Vice President – Minnesota North George Miller presented the check.

Megan Findlay received her $1,000 LCEF scholarship on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Findlay is a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Minn., and attends Minnesota State University of Moorhead.

Findlay expressed gratitude for making the LCEF Scholarship possible and is deeply appreciative of the support. She is the daughter of Gary and Rhonda Findlay, the family lives in Herman, Minn.

“Megan has a positive outlook on life,” wrote St. John Rev. Michael Breach in his letter of recommendation for Findlay. “Her career goal is to be a middle school math teacher, helping young teens understand math concepts more easily. Whatever Megan strives to do she will be hardworking to achieve success. She will confidently reach her goals. Having known Megan and seen her dedication, desire, and hardworking personality, she will accomplish whatever her goals are.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students such as Megan. In her scholarship essay, Megan wrote, “LCEF has a biblical mission. This mission is our highest mission throughout life. We are called to proclaim Christ as our salvation, to be a light to the world. LCEF provides an opportunity through its mission to impact many people in a tremendous way.” LCMS members invest in LCEF — those invested dollars support loans and services throughout the church body.

To read more about Megan’s story, click here.

For more information on how you can partner with the ministry of church extension, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.

Treasurers Learn the Latest Updates at Workshop

LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West Carole White presented at the Iowa District West Church and Clergy Finance/Treasurer Workshop at Zion Lutheran Church, Ogden, Iowa, on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

LCEF District Vice President - Iowa East and West Carole White presented at the Iowa District West Church and Clergy Finance/Treasurer Workshop at Zion Lutheran Church, Ogden, Iowa, on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

A 'walk through' the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Congregational Treasurer's Manual might sound, well, a bit 'less than exciting.' However, it can be invaluable for today's church treasurers and finance staff. 

"After last year's workshop and being newly elected, I wondered what I got myself into! However, with one year's experience and participating in the workshop again, I have a lot more confidence to fulfill my role for my congregation," said a recent workshop attendee.

At the end of the Iowa District West treasurers workshop on January 20, 2018, LCEF Gift Card winners were announced. Pictured above, Howard Killion from Trinity Lutheran Church, Shenandoah, Iowa, and Alena Naberhaus from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale, Iowa.

At the end of the Iowa District West treasurers workshop on January 20, 2018, LCEF Gift Card winners were announced. Pictured above, Howard Killion from Trinity Lutheran Church, Shenandoah, Iowa, and Alena Naberhaus from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Urbandale, Iowa.

The Iowa District West Church and Clergy Finance/Treasurer Workshop was held at Zion Lutheran Church, Ogden, Iowa, on Saturday, January 20, 2018. This was the second of two workshops offered by the district each year and nearly 30 people attended representing 21 different congregations. 

"Bob Joy, CPA presented a variety of helpful and pertinent topics such as properly completing a pastor's W-2, rostered church worker housing allowance components, accountable plans for clergy expenses, and highlights of the new tax bill," said Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) District Vice President - Iowa East and West Carole White. "Concordia Plan Services Account Manager David Henrichs also presented an overview of each worker's benefit package in the afternoon. LCEF was blessed to sponsor the workshop lunch and also provide a fun, online LCEF gift card giveaway. Attendees appreciated our support of the workshop and its pertinent content."

To learn more about becoming an LCEF partner in ministry, visit lcef.org or call your district vice president.

North Dakota District Convention and LCEF Giveaway!

Mitch Semanko, voting delegate for Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, was the recipient of the LCEF iPad Mini Giveaway at the North Dakota District Convention in Dickinson, N.D., on January 22, 2018. LCEF District Vice Presiden Tami Ulland presented the gift.

Mitch Semanko, voting delegate for Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo, was the recipient of the LCEF iPad Mini Giveaway at the North Dakota District Convention in Dickinson, N.D., on January 22, 2018. LCEF District Vice Presiden Tami Ulland presented the gift.

In appreciation of the North Dakota District pastors and convention delegates, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) sponsored an iPad Mini Giveaway at the district convention on January 22, 2018, at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center, Dickinson, N.D.

LCEF District Vice President - North Dakota Tami Ulland presented the gift to Mitch Semanko at the Monday evening banquet. Semanko served as the voting delegate for Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fargo. 

Conventions are held every three years by each of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s 35 districts. The schedule includes time for conducting business, electing officers and sharing information. The conventions also offer opportunities for worship, nurture, inspiration and fellowship.

LCEF provides LCMS ministries with loans, investments and ministry support services. Learn how you can become a ministry partner with LCEF at lcef.org or contact your district vice president.

 

Where Everything Is about Jesus - New Beginnings

Pictured in the lower right corner above, Casey Carlson, LCEF District Vice President - Missouri,  shared LCEF opportunities at NBLC in Pacific, Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

Pictured in the lower right corner above, Casey Carlson, LCEF District Vice President - Missouri,  shared LCEF opportunities at NBLC in Pacific, Missouri on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

"I had a beautiful reminder that everything really is 'all about Jesus' during worship last weekend," said Casey Carlson, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) District Vice President - Missouri.

"As a life-long Lutheran who can get into a ‘rut’ now and then, I need to be reminded of that incredibly simple, and wonderful, reality from time-to-time. This congregation was 100% engaged and passionate for Jesus. It was a joy for my family and I to visit, and participate in, services with everyone at New Beginnings Lutheran Church (NBLC) in Pacific, Missouri.”

While at NBLC on Sunday, January 21, 2018, Carlson was invited to share LCEF opportunities to support ministry. Carlson introduced LCEF loans and investments, and how they work together to help support more people learning about Jesus. By becoming an LCEF investor, every individual can make an impact. At NBLC, there is the additional benefit of reaching a qualifying level for a future Shared Blessings Rebate.

Interested in being a ministry partner with LCEF? Learn more at lcef.org. “May God continue to bless New Beginnings Lutheran Church and may His glory shine as they embark on an exciting new chapter. I give thanks to God for the continued partnership in ministry between LCEF and NBLC,” said Carlson.