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William Laatsch Awarded First of Five 2017 NWD LCEF Scholarships

Congratulations William!

William Laatsch is the first of five 2017 North Wisconsin District (NWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. He's a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Green Bay and attends Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Lutheran High School (NEWLHS), Green Bay. William plans on attending University of Wisconsin – Platteville in the fall.

In his letter of recommendation for William, NEW LHS Executive Director Chris Nelson wrote,

“Will is also a hard-working student who has a wonderful personality.  His academic success has been impressive.  I have also found him to be very conscientious, respectful and cooperative.   He has displayed wonderful leadership skills through his time as a leader in our Life in Faith Together (LIFT) program.

The thing I am most impressed by is Will’s integrity.  His character shines through in the way that he interacts with teachers, coaches and adults but he also has a unique ability to relate to his peers and to lead by example. 

He is selfless, encouraging and diligent when it comes to building others up in their Christian faith and setting the expectations for younger students as it relates to the desired culture of our school.”

In his letter of recommendation for William, Pastor Paul Pett wrote,

“He has a sincere and active Christian faith, being involved in our Praise Team as a drummer just about every week, and has also been involved in many other service and volunteer activities at church. When he has to work on a Sunday morning, he makes sure that he gets to a worship service on a different day, taking the time to hear God’s Word and receive the Sacrament on a weekly basis. …he has become a great example of what every Christian young person should aspire to: faithful, active, and respectable. It has been a joy to watch Will grow and develop into a mature Christian, desiring to walk rightly with his Lord.”

In his scholarship essay, William wrote, “LCEF’s mission is a great example of Christian leadership, especially considering public opinion today. Their vision encompasses how businesses who represent Christ should function. I find that a simple scholarship like this one provides a basic need for Christian youth across the nation….”

LCEF is blessed to support faith-filled students such as William with these annual scholarship awards. There are several remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships yet to be announced this spring. Four awards will be announced from Minnesota South District, an additional four from North Wisconsin District and a scholarship award from North Dakota District will also be announced. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

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

Joseph Bender Awarded 2017 SWD LCEF Scholarship

Joseph Bender is the final of three 2017 South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. Joseph is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, West Allis, Wisconsin and will graduate from Martin Luther High School (MLHS), Greendale, Wisconsin this spring. Joseph plans to attend Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon in the fall majoring in Pre-Seminary studies.

Joseph is a successful student both academically and socially at MLHS, plus, he has been active in his home congregation. Joseph is an encourager and servant of the Lord. He not only encouraged his peers to attend youth Bibles studies and worship over the years — if they needed a ride — he was there to pick them up. He shared his musical talents by playing drums during worship and this summer looks forward to participating in a servant event camp at “Mountain Builders Bethesda.”

In his letter of recommendation for Joseph, MLHS Theology Instructor Paul Doerr wrote the following:

“…I consider it a privilege to have taught someone of Joe's caliber for he is a very dedicate and conscientious student.

Joe has demonstrated leadership skills when he was captain of the cross-country team and co-captain of the swim team. Joe has a servant-leader approach and he leads by example. He take leadership seriously and is not afraid to delegate responsibility when needed.

I'm glad that Joe has decided to go into the pastoral ministry because of his love for the LORD is very evident in his life. Joe displays his relationship with the Lord on a daily basis, through his Christian character and the use of his God-given talents.”

In his scholarship essay, Joseph wrote the following:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes,” Romans 1:16. These words penned by the apostle Paul show the importance of the gospel and how it can change lives…. This being said, it makes me very proud that the LCEF’s main mission is to support the LCMS Church in sharing the Gospel. Because the gospel has the power to change lives….”

Joseph described how LCEF’s Capital Funding Services helped The Lutheran Church of St. John, Quincy, Illinois with their capital campaign. “We raised over one million dollars and LCEF loaned us the other funds to finish the building process.” St. John’s new facilities included a food pantry.

“This small food pantry went from a small room in the basement of the church to the third largest food pantry in Adam’s county. Not only are the several hundred families nourished from the physical food but more importantly, nourished by the spiritual food that offers eternal life. Without the help of the LCEF many of the families would not have been affected in a physical and spiritual way.

At St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Allis,… we went through [LCEF’s] VisionPath which helped us refocus on both in reach and outreach ministry. By refocusing the in reach ministry the community at St. Paul’s has grown stronger. The outreach ministry has also had a clothing giveaway which helped over 100 needy people in the Milwaukee area….  All of these things have one thing in common; the ability to share the gospel through various ministries with the help of the LCEF. I, myself am a young investor in LCEF and plan on continuing to invest in LCEF. None of these amazing ministries could be done without the sacrifice that Christ gave to all when he defeated sin, death and the devil. That is the power of the gospel which LCEF supports through its funding and services.”

LCEF is blessed by generations of faithful investors just like Joseph and his family. For more information on how you can partner with the ministry of church extension, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.

The remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships from Minnesota South, North Wisconsin and North Dakota Districts will be announced yet this spring. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

Megan Findlay Awarded 2017 MNN LCEF Scholarship

Congratulations Megan Findlay! Megan is the 2017 Minnesota North District (MNN) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winner. She is a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Minnesota and will graduate from Wheaton Area Schools this spring. Megan plans to attend Minnesota State University of Moorhead this fall.

“Throughout [Megan’s] high school education, she has continually demonstrated academic and athletic excellence, compassionate leadership, and a steady commitment in all her endeavors,” wrote Wheaton Area Schools English/Language Arts Instructor Kathryn Minion. “She has been active in many civic and school organizations including Active Christian Teens, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Girls State, Student Council, and National Honor Society. She has learned compassion and has demonstrated a desire to work and teach. Her leadership is strong but gentle, and she has demonstrated a clear desire to put others first.”

“Megan has a positive outlook on life,” wrote St. John’s Rev. Michael Breach. “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.”

MNN District LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) students such as Megan. In her scholarship essay, Megan described the ministry of church extension like this, “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. For more information on how you can partner with the ministry of church extension, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.

The remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships from Minnesota South, North and South Wisconsin and North Dakota Districts will be announced yet this spring. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

Skyler Bohn Awarded Second of Three 2017 SWD LCEF Scholarships

Skyler Bohn is the second of three 2017 South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winners. Skyler is a member of Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church, Pewaukee, Wisconsin and attends Pewaukee High School (PHS).

“Skyler always seems to have a smile on her face, and she lifts the mood of those she spends time with,” wrote Shepherd of the Hills Youth Director Chad Jacobsen in his letter of recommendation. “I feel like Skyler is such a great role model for younger girls; her attitude is contagious. When people are faced with a really difficult task so often a huge part of completing that task is the attitude you bring to it. Skyler attacks difficult tasks with a "can do" attitude and with enthusiasm.”

Skyler participated in mission trips in Colorado, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. “Skyler has a strong work ethic and interacts well with people of different ages…. She has demonstrated an ability to build strong relationships with her peers and operate as part of a team. Skyler has consistently put other people's needs before her own while serving on mission trips and I have really enjoyed working with her,” wrote Jacobsen.

“She has a strong desire to apply her knowledge and skills to make this world a better place,” wrote Amy Budde, PHS Social Studies Teacher in her letter of recommendation for Skyler. “She was able to apply her AP Psychology course knowledge…. Her group was interested in emotional intelligence and created a unique opportunity for themselves to teach younger children in our K-12 campus setting, about how to respond to others and manage their own emotions. It was an authentic experience that was admired by her classmates.”

Skyler is a member of the National Honor Society, recipient of the Merit Award three years running, active in high school activities including captain of the dance team, and member of the track and field team, leadership and yearbook clubs.

The remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships from Minnesota North and South, North and South Wisconsin and North Dakota Districts will be announced yet this spring. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

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

Michael Flanscha Awarded 2017 IDE LCEF Scholarship

Congratulations to Michael Flanscha! Michael is the 2017 Iowa District East (IDE) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winner. He is a member of College Hill Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa and is a freshman at Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, Iowa.

In his scholarship essay, Michael described how LCEF loans can help improve a church’s ability to reach people for Christ. “For example, children, families, and congregations benefit through the construction and expansion of Lutheran churches and schools. In these places, God’s people are joined together in fellowship and immersed in Holy Scripture. The preaching and teaching of God’s Word in these churches and schools ignite the souls of Lutherans around the country to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others in their daily lives.

This is why Lutheran Church Extension Fund is so important.” wrote Michael. “I experience first-hand the results of these loan services at my campus church at Iowa State University. Several building expansions and renovations would simply not have been possible without the support of Lutheran Church Extension Fund.”

While at college, Michael has been active in the student ministries at Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames. “He encourages his fraternity brothers to grow in their faith and get involved at church,” wrote David Beagley, Associate Pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church and Student Center, Ames, IA and Pastoral Advisor, Epsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Psi. Michael also serves as the chair of the national Lutheran fraternity, is an English conversation partner through the International Student Ministry program and plays in the bell choir.

“He is a tremendously skillful writer. His essays are intelligent, engaging, clear, and well organized. Additionally, his research is impeccable,” wrote ISU Assistant Professor Justin Remes in his letter of recommendation. “Michael also has a first-class temperament. He is polite, tactful, thoughtful, and industrious. These qualities are especially salient during peer evaluation sessions, when Michael gives his classmates feedback on their essays. While he is honest about the flaws and oversights that he sees, he also expresses these concerns in a courteous and constructive manner.”

The remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships from Minnesota North and South, North and South Wisconsin and North Dakota Districts will be announced yet this spring. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.

LCEF is truly blessed by generations of investors and loan partners. For more information on how you can partner with the ministry of church extension, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.