Introducing the Amazing Stories of the 2016 Kaleidoscope Fund Recipients

November 9, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

On Monday, November 6, we announced the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients. Consistent with LCEF’s mission, the committee selected ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church.

The variety of ideas and creativity in the grant applicants were impressive. More importantly, LCEF President and CEO Bart 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.”

How the Church is loving her neighbors

In light of this announcement, we believe this is a perfect opportunity to check back in with the 2016 recipients and share their stories in full detail. Over the next several weeks (before the end of the year), we are going to share those stories as a reflection of the amazing things that the Church is doing to declare the unconditional love and forgiveness found in Jesus.

The first story will be published next week; thereafter, we will publish a new story approximately every three days. You will enjoy reading about both the simple and innovative ways Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod ministries are reaching people with the love of Christ.

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lakewood, Colo: Bought a shower trailer to bring dignity and hope to homeless people in and around Denver. Read their story.
  • Florida-Georgia District: Increased potential for lay leadership to expand the kingdom of God and grow His church through an intensive training program. Read their story.
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Catonsville, Md: Opened a chocolate factory and store to train and employ men in inner-city Baltimore to go out and change the community. Read their story.
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orchard Park, N.Y.: This suburban community near Buffalo focused on releasing healthy ministry into a broken community through a second site. Read their story.
  • Holy Cross, Lake Mary, Fla.: Expanded a recreational faith-based sports league to attract young families to their church. Read their story.
  • LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces: Served the wives of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod chaplains in a way that allowed for spiritual renewal, fellowship and improved marital health. Read their story.
  • LCMS Soldiers of the Cross: Secured the funds to continue to provide emergency short-term financial assistance and pastoral care to embattled church workers. Read their story.
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M.: Enhanced their ministry that shows Christ’s love to the homeless and downcast through back-to-work programs, breakfast bags and more. Read their story.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Portland, Or.: Through retreats and group classes, Trinity is raising Latino leaders to own and evangelize their mission field. Read their story.
  • California-Nevada-Hawaii District: Planned to meet the theological needs of the unique population in the San Francisco Bay Area through the LINC Bible Institute. Read their story.
  • Messiah Lutheran, St. Louis: Determined to serve the growing community of refugees and immigrants in this once run-down St. Louis neighborhood by providing affordable housing. Read their story.

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Demian Farnworth
Senior Content Writer for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.