Fall Grants totaling $42,629 is the Largest Amount Ever Awarded In MEF’s 13 year history

By Monica Perin

The Fall Grant Recipients were:MEF logo

  • Seminary Scholarships            $15,000
  • New Congregations                   $5,129
  • Campus Ministry                        $7,500
  • New Ministry Projects:

Lutherhill Ministries                 $5,000  (Zion Retreat Center

Zion Lutheran – Houston        $2,000  (Heights Community Children’s Choir)

Peace Lutheran Church          $3,000  (Installation of Ropes Course, Slidell, LA)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church   $5,000  (Sophia’s Children, New Orleans, LA)

Grants awarded for Seminary Scholarships, New Congregations and Campus Ministry are distributed by synod committees. Details to be included in a future issue.

The Zion Retreat Center, Galveston TX. When Zion Lutheran Church dissolved, the membership deeded their property to Lutherhill Ministries with the expressed desire that the facilities would become a retreat center.  The $5,000 grant from the MEF will help cover administration and development expenses to convert the property into a retreat center.

Height’s Community Children’s Choir is a new ministry of Zion Lutheran church in Houston, which will provide leadership training through vocal technique and musicianship, enrichment activities, exposure to faith traditions and musical presentations in worship services. The choir started this fall with about 40 students (2nd to 5th grade.) The $2,000 grant from the MEF is seed money to assist the congregation in startup costs.

The Team Building Ropes Course is part of a new retreat ministry being developed at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Slidell, Louisiana. After hurricane Katrina, the congregation built a multipurpose building which housed hundreds of work groups. The congregation would now like to use the building for a retreat ministry. The $3,000 MEF grant will provide for the installation, materials and training for safe usage of three different rope stations.

Sophia’s Children is a new ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of New Orleans. The ministry will provide a traveling preschool for children and parents not able to access other traditional preschool services.  Two hour sessions will be offered twice a week for 11 months. The $5,000 MEF grant is seed money for startup expenses.

If you would like to make a gift to the synod’s Mission Endowment Fund to support these ministries, please contact Melissa in the synod office, 281-873-5665

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