Benevolence Fund Awards – March 12, 2017
The Benevolence Committee met on March 12 to review applications for funding extraordinary Christian service programs at St. Andrew and in the community and world. We celebrate the following awards and pray for their successful implementation:
- PROP Empty Bowls – financially support at chef for coordinating the kitchen during the successful event of PROP held last month, St. Andrew’s local area food shelf and social service agency.
- Seeds of Support Mission: Haiti – financially support Seeds of Support’s mission in Jacmel, Haiti with support for day-to-day operations on the ground in Haiti as well as three upcoming mission trips (Spring Break 2017, Summer ‘Skinny’ in July 2017 and a fall trip).
- Fight the Trafficking 5K at Purgatory Creek – St. Andrew is a sponsoring church for this event on June 10, 2017.
- Exploration of Latino ministry opportunities in Shakopee through the Minneapolis Area Synod.
- Hogenson-Rutford Endowment for Church Relations at Gustavus Adolphus College, supporting the engagement of the college chaplains to congregations and their youth, encouraging the living out of faith in daily life through college and beyond.
Fund Allocations at Close of 2016 Bolster Ministry Around World
St. Andrew’s Benevolence Fund continues to bring mission and ministry to places around the world through its strategic allocations to organizations in Christian service. During the fall and early winter of 2016, designations were made to ELCA Missionaries Pastor Carrie Smith in Jerusalem and Pastor Kirsten Fryer in Cairo, Egypt, Eden Prairie Noon Rotary shipment of Feed My Starving Meals to Honduras, and matched a portion of support given to Seeds of Support emergency relief of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The fund also continued support for St. Andrew seminary students attending ELCA seminaries. Thanks be to God for the work of these people and organizations bringing goodness and healing into God’s world.
Benevolence Fund PROP Donation Doubled
Last winter, the Benevolence Committee approved summer support for the PROP Food Shelf. When it came time to make the donation to support PROP’s summer programming, Mary Brown, PROP’s Director of Development, informed St. Andrew of a July matching grant project through GiveMN.org. The $2,000 gift from the Benevolence Fund to PROP became $4,000. Thanks be to God!
St. Andrew supported the 2016 Stop the Trafficking 5K
Making an impact in the community in partnership with other area churches and organizations, St. Andrew sponsored once again the 2016 Stop the Trafficking 5K held in Purgatory Creek Park on June 11. In total, there were over 1,000 participants in partnership with 25 churches/businesses that helped raise over $25,000 to support five local agencies working to combat trafficking in our community. Speakers at the event included Congressman Erik Paulsen and St. Andrew member Carter Staaf, Eden Prairie Police Detective.
Fund Supports Random Acts of Kindness for at Eden Prairie High School
The Benevolence Fund seeks to support extraordinary programs inside or outside the congregation where meaningful service is being given to people in need.
During the spring of 2016 the Benevolence Committee approved a $1,000 gift to the Random Acts of Kindness Fund managed by counselors at the Eden Prairie High School. The fund helps between 50-75 students each year with basic necessities like medications or field trip registrations. The Random Acts of Kindness fund also helps students have typical experiences in high school that they would ordinarily have difficulty affording like prom. Pastor Peter Johnson is pictured here with Counselor Eric Motzko.
St. Andrew Benevolence Fund Supports Bountiful Basket Food Shelf in Chaska
The Bountiful Basket Food Shelf in Chaska thanks the Benevolence Committee of St. Andrew for their generous gift of funding for a six month supply of eggs. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and we are very pleased to be able to offer this product to our client families. Without this funding, we would not be able to offer this healthy addition to what our clients are able to take home monthly. Again, thank you!
Overview of Benevolence Fund and Committee
Following a principle of tithing 10% of what we receive, the St. Andrew Lutheran Church Benevolence Fund grants support to various ministries of the church. Benevolence support is extended to the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA as well as to Lutheran seminary scholarships to students who are members of the church.
The Fund supports extraordinary programs and ministries inside the congregation as well as Christian ministries outside the congregation, including international support. Successful applications for funding support promote growth in faith, financial giving and/or Christian service is encouraged.
The purpose of the Benevolence Committee is to provide strategy, mission, vision, values, administrative processes and promotion about the Fund for the church’s membership.
Grant requests are considered quarterly and following the Benevolence Grant Application. Questions about the Benevolence Committee and Fund can be directed to Pastor Peter Johnson.