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Sweet Treats Served at Minnesota North District Convention

 Enjoying the LCEF Minnesota North District sundae bar at the 2018 convention, pictured left, Synod Executive-Third Vice-President Rev. Nabil Nour and LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day.

Enjoying the LCEF Minnesota North District sundae bar at the 2018 convention, pictured left, Synod Executive-Third Vice-President Rev. Nabil Nour and LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day.

Pastors, lay delegates and their families enjoyed sweet treats served with a smile at the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) sundae bar at the 23rd Convention of the Minnesota North District – Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Following their evening meal, LCEF President and CEO Bart Day and Minnesota North District staff helped serve ice cream and toppings at Arrowhead Resort in Alexandria, Minnesota, on April 10, 2018. The 2018 convention theme is “Here We Stand on Christ Alone… Our Cornerstone.”

Also in attendance was Synod Executive-Third Vice-President Rev. Nabil Nour. Nour represents the church’s Great Plains Region. He also serves as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hartford, S.D. 

Born in Nazareth, Israel, Nour moved with his family to Haifa when he was three and lived on the very slopes of Mount Carmel where Elijah once hid from Jezebel. Nour immigrated to the United States when he was 16 and eventually became a naturalized citizen. He also underwent adult instruction in the Lutheran faith. Find his biography here.

 LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day serves ice cream to convention attendees at the LCEF sponsored sundae bar following their evening meal on April 10, 2018.

LCEF President and CEO Rev. Bart Day serves ice cream to convention attendees at the LCEF sponsored sundae bar following their evening meal on April 10, 2018.

The LCMS has district conventions every three years; the schedule includes time for conducting business, electing officers and sharing information. The conventions also offer opportunities for worship, nurture, inspiration and fellowship.

The LCMS includes 35 districts with more than 6,000 congregations and two million members.

There are 33 geographical districts representing all 50 United States. Two districts — English District and SELC District — are non-geographical, and they have member congregations in the U.S. plus the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

View upcoming district conventions around the Synod here.

Mullen 2018 LCEF Iowa District West Scholarship Recipient

 Abigail Mullen is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa, Mullen will graduate from Adel Desoto Minburn (ADM) High School this spring. She plans on attending Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, in the fall.

Abigail Mullen is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa, Mullen will graduate from Adel Desoto Minburn (ADM) High School this spring. She plans on attending Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, in the fall.

“While she is a multi-talented student, it is her humility and character that make Abby such a likeable person.” – ADM H.S. Language Arts Teacher Jacqueline Seidl

Abigail Mullen is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District West scholarship. A member of Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa, Mullen will graduate from Adel Desoto Minburn (ADM) High School this spring. The daughter of Gary and Laurie Mullen, Abigail plans to attend Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, this fall.

In his letter of recommendation, Rev. John Burger wrote, “…[Abigail] is a vital member of Faith Lutheran Church…. she is truly a leader among her peers.” Burger explained how Abigail was not only faithful in worship attendance but also displayed a servant’s heart by running the church audio/visual equipment, helping with their Wednesday evening family education programming for children and more. 

In her letter of recommendation, ADM High School Language Arts Teacher Jacqueline Seidl wrote, “Students like Abby have strong organizational and time management skills that allow them to not only be a part of lots of different organizations, but be successful at them as well.”

In her scholarship essay, Mullen wrote, “What I like about LCEF’s mission is that it is Christ centered.  We live in a very “me” centered world, so it is such a blessing to have an organization that provides funds and services with Jesus in mind.  The churches and schools that benefit financially from LCEF have the opportunity to further the Kingdom of God through the people they touch.  It is fulfilling the Great Commission as Jesus commanded.”

Carole White, LCEF District Vice President -  Iowa East and West, said, “I was impressed by Abby’s insight and ability to use the simplest conversations to open doors. For example, Abby understands that conversations about investing in LCEF—an organization that has helped her congregation and family in the past—can springboard into a witness to others about Jesus and what He has done in her life. What a great opportunity that many may overlook.”

Mullen’s scholarship is the second of a total of 19 LCEF district scholarships announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Anklam Twins 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District Scholarship Recipients

 Garrett Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Garrett will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall.

Garrett Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Garrett will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in the fall.

Uniquely, twin brothers Garrett and Wyatt Anklam are each the recipient of a 2018 $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) North Wisconsin District (NWD) scholarship. These are two of six 2018 scholarships to be announced for NWD students this spring.

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin, the Anklam brothers will graduate from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School in Mosinee this spring. In the fall, Garrett plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, and Wyatt plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Garrett and Wyatt’s extended family are LCEF investors including parents, Timothy and Elizabeth Anklam, and grandparents, Charles and Carol Korn, members of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

The brothers were both part of their church’s servant team in the Appalachians, are excellent students academically and volunteer extensively at church and in their community.

In his letter of recommendation for Garrett, Director of Christian Education Rick Stengl wrote,

“Garrett was able to make a huge difference in the lives of people through his meaningful work [via the servant event.] As a result, he left with a deep connection to his Savior’s servant sacrifice for him personally and [was] empowered to be Christ’s hands and feet on earth.

Garrett is an excellent example to those around him. He is always putting others before himself and encouraging those who need to be lifted up. I know that he is a blessing to everyone he comes in contact with on a daily basis.” 

 Wyatt Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Wyatt will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, in the fall.

Wyatt Anklam is one of six 2018 LCEF North Wisconsin District scholarship recipients. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisc., Wyatt will graduate this spring from Wisconsin Valley Lutheran H.S., Mosinee, and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, in the fall.

In his letter of recommendation for Wyatt, Rev. Gary Schultz wrote,

“I have known Wyatt from his birth, I baptized him and his twin brother, Garrett, together at Trinity Lutheran Church, and that was only the beginning of Wyatt’s great journey.

There were the visitations at the children’s hospital in Milwaukee during his head surgery. Watching his spiritual and educational growth all (K-8) years at Trinity Lutheran School…. Wyatt loves to express his love for the Lord through music, and you can see this when he plays the drums during our services in Trinity’s Spiritual Life Center.

Wyatt loves his Lord, his family and the many people he touches. He has a servant heart that is always leading him to help in anyway.”

In her letter of recommendation for Garrett, Wisconsin Valley LHS Spanish and History Teacher Alissa Davies wrote the following:

“[Garrett] is diligent to his studies, a strong leader, and lives his Christian faith through his willingness to serve others. Garrett has truly grown into a leader as he progressed in his high school career… the leader of our campus praise team, PB & J, and elected the president of SPARC, Serving People and Representing Christ… his servant heart leads him to work with others outside of school, like spending a significant amount of time volunteering at the hospital. He is actively involved with a variety of Christian organizations, such as Camp Luther and many churches, where he shares his musical gifts and recruits students to youth groups. His desire to share God’s love is the impetus for him to always serve others in all that he does, and he doesn’t stop until the work is done.”

In his scholarship essay, Garrett wrote,

“LCEF has a powerful mission statement that I can relate to on a very personal level. It talks about being a ‘servant’ partner of the LCMS. I understand the importance of being a servant…. I have also seen the effects of LCEF’s serving in tangible ways.”

Garrett expressed gratitude for LCEF’s financial support at both his church and his school. “Many churches, including my home congregation, have benefited through LCEF loans. These loans allow families (like my own) to give their children a strong Christian education through the building of Lutheran schools. LCEF enables churches to equip and encourage their members.

… LCEF is committed to fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Christ through the work it does. This is evident through its help at Camp Luther. This camp has been a great spiritual influence to me and has helped my relationship with Christ grow during my time as a camper and Junior Counselor. It has also planted a seed of faith in many other children.

LCEF also helps many people by showing the importance of being stewards of their money and investing it somewhere that aids in the effort of sharing the gospel.”

In her letter of recommendation for Wyatt, Wisconsin Valley LHS Spanish and History Teacher Alissa Davies wrote the following:

“… I have witnessed Wyatt's drive for academic excellence, desire to serve others, and his love of God. …His desire for excellence in all things, from academics to the musical abilities that he shares on our campus praise team, PB & J, demonstrates his work ethic that will make him successful in his future endeavors.

While academics are important, the trait that stands out most about Wyatt is his faith and willingness to serve. He steps in to do whatever is asked of him, from cleaning up at fundraisers to helping the elderly with yard work. He has committed a considerable amount of time to serve as a [junior counselor] at Camp Luther and at the Appalachian Servant Event, where he shared his love of God with children and people with limited resources.

Last year when I took a group of students to help at a local daycare, Wyatt enjoyed this experience so much that he continued to go weekly, often encouraging other students to come with him and act as Christian role models for these little children.”

Wyatt expressed an understanding of the ministry of LCEF in his scholarship essay,

“[LCEF] provides necessary funds to people in need which, in turn, allows them to further spread the gospel. I experienced this first hand when my home church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, built a day school extension through an LCEF loan. Years later, I was blessed to attend this Christian school, and my faith and character were strengthened because of it. In turn, Christ is now using me to impact the lives of other as I live out the Gospel message in a variety of ways.

Using my talents and eventually my finances to share the Gospel message of Jesus is an influential way to be involved in the mission of LCEF….

Being involved in LCEF's mission can be achieved through the church as well as through my personal life and example. It is an honor to know that through it, I am able to serve the God of the universe.

Something I like about the LCEF mission is that it makes it known that this life is not about money, it is about serving the Lord. Through providing necessary financial loans and security, the LCEF encourages Christians to fulfill the spiritual needs of others.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Garrett and Wyatt. The remainder of the 2018 LCEF district scholarships will be announced this spring. Follow the lcefcentral.org newsfeed for updated announcements.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

Eckert 2018 LCEF Iowa District East Scholarship Recipient

 Rachel Eckert is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District East scholarship. Eckert plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in the fall and study materials engineering.

Rachel Eckert is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District East scholarship. Eckert plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in the fall and study materials engineering.

There will be a total of 19 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) district scholarships announced this spring. The first is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, and an outstanding student at Cornerstone Academy. Rachel Eckert is the recipient of the 2018 $1,000 LCEF Iowa District East scholarship. Eckert plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in the fall and study materials engineering.

In his letter of recommendation for Eckert, Trinity Associate Pastor Michael Vokt wrote, “The reasons for this recommendation transcend [Rachel’s] excellence in academics, robotic competitions, and music. What sets Rachel apart from other students are the many ways she demonstrates her love for her neighbor, both those who are nearby and those who are far, far away.”

Vokt shared Eckert’s accomplishments and efforts to serve her neighbors. Eckert helped establish FIRST in Kenya which impacted almost 3,000 children; she founded and coached the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team at East Side Mission (Urban Ministry Center of the LCMS in Davenport;) and has volunteered in countless ways both in her congregation and her community.

In her letter of recommendation, Eckert’s piano instructor Roberta Quist wrote,

“[Rachel] has taken the admonition of Christ to love your neighbor as yourself to heart. This is evidenced by her copious service to the church and community…. Rachel is an outstanding student and a joy to work with. She is one of the most disciplined and hard-working students I have ever had in my studio. She is able to meet obligations at school and in her community while maintaining excellent academic standards….

Rachel has competed in many piano competitions at the local, and state level and has won numerous honors. She is quick to encourage other students in my studio and willingly participates in studio activities. She is always looking to learn from others and to share her knowledge with her peers.”

“LCEF is blessed to recognize young Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members such as Rachel with this scholarship,” said Carole White, LCEF District Vice President – Iowa East and West. “It is inspiring to see our young people go above and beyond to serve others in our Lord’s name. As one in a long, family line of LCEF investors, Rachels also displayed a unique understanding of what Lutheran Church Extension Fund strives for as an organization in the church.”

In her scholarship application, Eckert wrote, “Through investments, loans, grants, and teaching materials (such as the Young Investors Club), LCEF provides opportunities for Christians to manage their money in a way that glorifies God. 1 Timothy 6:18 commands us to ‘Do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.’”

Learn more about investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org and follow the regional newsfeed for the remaining 2018 scholarship awards.

Flanscha 2017 LCEF Iowa District East Scholarship Recipient

 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.