“A lot of planning has gone into this project. As we made the needed repairs [to windows, siding and more], we also hope to dramatically improve our building's energy efficiency, said Pastor Chris Hinkle, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wapello, Iowa. “Without the help of LCEF we'd be patching patches for several more years.”
Thanks to the support of its investors, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) was blessed to help fund St. Paul’s remodeling project which was completed by early summer 2016. The congregation updated the curb appeal of their church with new siding and windows, they also helped increase the comfort by installing new air conditioners. “St. Paul is now up to date and welcoming,” said Iowa Districts LCEF Vice President Carole White. “The facility is a better reflection of the congregation’s warm, welcoming members and message of St Paul.”
The congregation is located in a rural community with a population of more than 2,000. St. Paul is home to 94 baptized members. “While it’s a smaller congregation, they had several visitors the day I had the pleasure of worshiping with them,” said White. “We’re grateful that St. Paul members are also strong LCEF investors. The congregation nearly doubled their level of investors, to greater than 13%, when only 7.5% was needed to receive their LCEF Shared Blessings loan fee waiver. The members are very engaged in the ministry which is wonderful to witness.”
If your Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregation or school is considering a renovation or new construction, prayerfully consider LCEF loan funding. Contact your local LCEF district vice president or visit lcef.org to learn more.