LCEF’s Kaleidoscope Fund Announces the 2017 Grant Recipients

November 6, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

On Monday, November 6, the Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), announced the 2017 grant recipients. The fund awarded a total of $601,000 to 11 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries throughout the United States.

The ministries receiving a grant, along with a brief description of their proposal, are as follows:

  • Christ Lutheran School, Phoenix, Ariz.: Expand the opportunities available to the school’s service and learning outreach program responsible for educating students about the people they are serving.
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church, Largo, Fla.: Expand Loving Arms, their Christian preschool, to provide qualified and affordable services to families with children who have sensory needs.
  • LCMS Office of National Mission: Expand the re:Vitality module training program, which helps congregations become effective in inviting, welcoming and receiving people outside the Church.
  • Minnesota South District: Offer need-based scholarships for church leaders who want to attend an intensive leadership training program that equips them to better serve God.
  • Nebraska District: Launch a program to help district pastors increase health and leadership skills while maximizing the efforts of healthy leaders.
  • Northwest District: Expand pilot program that helps first-call pastors thrive in challenging West Coast ministry settings.
  • Pacific Southwest District: Launch a new program that will focus on supporting district church workers and their families through retreats, training, counseling and online content.
  • Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Neb.: Extend their incarnational presence into a mobile home community by building a safe, state-of-the-art playground.
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.: Expand their weekly “Community Dinner” event to meet the increasing needs of the poor, lonely and hungry.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill.: Launch a ministry focused on college students and young adults in the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • Unity Lutheran Church, East St. Louis, Ill.: Expand their home rehabilitation initiative to help with critical home repairs for at least 15 homeowners near the church.

Consistent with LCEF’s mission, the committee selected ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church.

“LCEF is pleased to award this year’s Kaleidoscope Fund grants that will impact ministries across the church,” said Rev. Bart Day, LCEF president and CEO. “We are blessed to see these dollars put to work launching new and expanding existing programs.”

Grant purposes include education, Rostered Church Worker wellness and ministry outreach and expansion.

“It’s wonderful to see the variety of ideas and creativity in the grant applicants from around the country and church body,” said Kurt Fuhr, LCEF Regional Vice President – Central Region and Chair of the Kaleidoscope Fund Committee.

Entities eligible to apply for the grant include the Synod; a congregation of the Synod (including its school or childcare); or a member district of LCEF.

In the end, Day said, “Congregations, schools and our workers will be strengthened through these 11 grants. We thank our investors and borrowing partners who allow special programs like this to continue at LCEF.”

To celebrate a successful initiative, over the next two months we are going to look back at the 2016 recipients and share their stories. This Thursday we will start with a short introduction about the 11 ministries from last year.

These stories will truly inspire you as you see how the saving grace of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed and people’s lives are being impacted. Subscribe to the LCEF News feed so you won’t miss a story.

In the meantime, join us as we congratulate the 2017 recipients and prayerfully support their endeavors to proclaim the Good News of salvation in Christ, our Lord.