Having a comfortable space to gather together at a church can allow a ministry to connect to each other and reach out to the community. “We have used the St. Paul Room in any number of ways, from Bible classes to opening devotions for Sunday school, from Vacation Bible School to ‘Journey to the Cross’ events,” said Messiah Lutheran Church, Mandan, North Dakota Pastor Mark Drews. Messiah has also hosted health screenings, wedding receptions, pot lucks, youth nights and other events.
Even the North Dakota District has benefited by hosting pastors’ conferences, new worker and circuit visitor meetings, an LWML Zone Rally and more in the St. Paul Room. It has been an excellent investment to help expand God’s kingdom and Messiah leadership and members have leveraged it well.
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) initially helped fund Messiah’s St. Paul Room with affordable loan funds, and the ministry partnership continues today. Thanks in part to Messiah members who are also LCEF investors, the congregation qualifies for LCEF’s Shared Blessings rebate. Each year Messiah can receive rebate dollars back for ministry based upon a percentage of their members who are also LCEF investors. Nearby Martin Luther Elementary offers the LCEF Young Investor (Y.I.) Stamp program so even the students can help Messiah receive rebate funds back for ministry.
If your congregation is interested in loan funding or investments that support ministry, please contact your local LCEF district vice president or call LCEF at 800-843-5233.