Congratulations Corrianne Cain! The first of two 2016 South Wisconsin District (SWD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 scholarship winners, Corrianne is a member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisc., and a graduating senior at Living Word Lutheran High School (LWLHS), Jackson, Wisc.
Corrianne is an exemplary student and vocalist. Active in worship, Corrianne also demonstrates a servant’s heart in many ways. Corrianne plans to attend a Concordia University and become a Lutheran school teacher. In her scholarship application, Corrianne demonstrated a unique understanding of LCEF’s mission. She wrote the following:
“Lutheran Church Extension Fund has been a blessing in my life because of how the organization has guided and financially supported my congregation… and the Lutheran schools that I have attended for my whole life…. My congregation and schools have been able to provide me with solid Lutheran education, worship, and mission opportunities that have shaped who I am spiritually.
I appreciate LCEF’s mission in aiding Lutheran congregations and schools in expanding Christ’s kingdom. Specifically, LCEF has provided funding and loans that have allowed my high school to expand, including building a student center in which school chapels are held. Projects like this, with the support of LCEF, have allowed me to witness growth in my school, attracting more students and community members. This growth allows my school, along with a vast array of other LCMS entities, to expand the kingdom of God by reaching congregants and those whom we witness to.
… Most importantly [LCEF] has reminded me of the importance of Christian generosity. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38.) LCEF exemplifies this, as through its financial support, blessings are given back and evident through the witnessing work of the church.
Because of LCEF’s example, I am inspired and motivated to live a life of generosity, and to do so to fulfill my role in the Great Commission.”
In his letter of recommendation for Corrianne, First Immanuel’s Senior Pastor Randolph Raasch wrote the following:
“It has been my privilege to … see Corrianne mature into the strong Christian leader that she has become.
Corrianne’s greatest asset is her faith in Jesus…. This foundation of faith has allowed Corrianne to use her God-given talents and abilities in a humble manner and with a servant’s heart. Corrianne is gifted with athletic abilities, vocal talent, instrumental skills and academic wisdom. Without a Christian foundation, it would be easy for a young person with these gifts to become arrogant and self-serving.... She brings out the best in those who work and play alongside her.
On a congregational level, while many other people her age are neglecting worship, Corrianne is active in her worship and attendance at the Lord’s Table. She uses her abilities by singing in our contemporary musical group and also assisting with worship technology. Our congregation is blessed to have her join us in worship both as a fellow worshipper and as a leader.
As a pastor I can only say that it would be a blessing to have more young people like Corrianne involved in the family of Christ. I believe a scholarship given to this young lady would not only be a blessing to her and her family, but also a blessing to the church and community as she moves forward to develop the skills entrusted to her by her Lord.
Thank you for your consideration. I thank the Lord for your willingness to encourage our young people in their journey of faith and life.”
LCEF is blessed to have the funds available to support our youth as they pursue post-secondary education. It is our prayer that they are equipped to become strong, Christian leaders as adults.
There are several more upper Midwest district 2016 LCEF scholarship awards to be announced yet this spring, including a second winner from the South Wisconsin District. Watch for announcements by subscribing to LCEF’s upper Midwest districts’ newsfeed or follow our Facebook page.