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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

 

Flanscha Received LCEF Iowa District East Scholarship

Michael Flanscha received his $1,000 LCEF scholarship award in December 2017 during presentations at both Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa, and College Hill Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Flanscha is studying accounting at Iowa State University.

Michael Flanscha received his $1,000 LCEF scholarship award in December 2017 during presentations at both Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa, and College Hill Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Flanscha is studying accounting at Iowa State University.

It was fitting that Michael Flanscha’s Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) scholarship presentations occurred at not only his home congregation, College Hill Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa, but also at the congregation he attends while at school, Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames, Iowa.

“Both of these mission congregations have received LCEF loan funds over the years for major additions and minor repairs,” said Carole White, LCEF District Vice President – Iowa Districts East and West. “Michael was able to celebrate his award with his parents and the congregation members he grew up with, as well as his college peers.”

Flanscha is studying accounting at Iowa State University (ISU). “When I asked Michael why he chose ISU, he replied that he was impressed by the positive atmosphere of the Lutheran fraternity on the Iowa State campus. Beta Sigma Psi was founded in 1925; its purpose is to provide an environment for Lutheran college men to grow spiritually, scholastically and socially,” said White.

LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Michael. The 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow our newsfeed at lcefcentral.org for announcements.

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

Carlson Received LCEF Minnesota South District Scholarship

Kristen Carlson received a $1,000 LCEF scholarship award on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her home congregation, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Austin, Minnesota. Kai Larson, LCEF District Vice President – Minnesota South,  presented the check.

Kristen Carlson received a $1,000 LCEF scholarship award on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her home congregation, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Austin, Minnesota. Kai Larson, LCEF District Vice President – Minnesota South,  presented the check.

[Kristen] is an excellent example of what we want for the next generation of church and world leaders that are willing to serve others because of the good news of Jesus Christ,” wrote Richard Heuton, Chairman of the Board of Elders at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Austin, Minnesota.

A 2017 scholarship recipient, Kristen Carlson received her $1,000 scholarship award on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at her home congregation. Carlson plans to graduate this spring from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, majoring in communication studies, music and philosophy. She expressed gratitude for the support of her home church and Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students. To read more about Kristen’s story, click here: http://lcefuppermidwest.org/news-feed/2017/5/9/kristen-carlson-awarded-final-mns-lcef-scholarship.

The 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring, follow our newsfeed at lcefcentral.org for announcements.

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

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.