Introducing the Amazing Stories of the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund Recipients

April 9, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

On Monday, April 2, we announced the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process is now open. We believe this is a perfect opportunity to check back in with the 2017 recipients and look at their stories in full detail.

Over the next couple months, 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 this Friday; thereafter, we will publish a new story every Friday.

You will enjoy reading about both the simple and innovative ways Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod ministries are reaching people with the love of Christ.

  • Unity Lutheran Church, East St. Louis, Ill.: Expand their rehabilitation initiative to help with critical repairs for at least 15 homeowners near the church. Read their story.
  • 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. Read their story.
  • Nebraska District: Launch a program to help district pastors increase health and leadership skills while maximizing the efforts of healthy leaders. Read their story.
  • 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. Read their story.
  • 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. Read their story.
  • Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Neb.: Extend their incarnational presence into a mobile home community by building a safe, state-of-the-art playground. Read their story.
  • 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. Read their story.
  • 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.
  • Northwest District: Expand pilot program that helps first-call pastors thrive in challenging West Coast ministry settings.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill.: Launch a ministry focused on college students and young adults in the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • 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.

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