St. Armands Key Lutheran Church
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Foundation - December 2015 Grant Awards

December Foundation Grant Awards
…with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20)
The St. Armands Key Lutheran Church Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards of $30,500 at its December Board meeting: 
  • ELCA Fund for Leaders: Tuition support for ELCA seminary candidates ($5,000) – The ELCA Fund for Leaders was created in 1997 and provided its first scholarships in 2000. Since then the program has supported hundreds of qualified candidates with more than $8.25 million in scholarship support. Past scholarship recipients are now serving congregations and organizations in 44 of the 65 ELCA synods. These pastors and lay leaders were able to accept calls where they were needed most, free from the concern of paying burdensome student loans. The long-range goal for the in Fund for Leaders is to provide comprehensive tuition support for every candidate at an ELCA seminary. 

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Haiti (ELH): SAKLC’s continuing participation in funding the cost of ELH’s Mission Team Coordinator/Director of Communication ($2,000) – The Eglise Luthereinne d’Haiti (ELH) is a sovereign church body and a full global partner of the ELCA. It is one of five companion Synod relationships of the Florida-Bahamas Synod and is in close accompaniment with the Mid Gulf Conference and with SAKLC.  The Mid Gulf Conference provides an annual stipend for the ELH’s Mission Team Coordinator and Director of Communications, who serves as an ambassador for the ELH to ELCA congregations. This individual also serves as the point person to servant teams from the USA visiting Haiti. The senior pastors of the Mid Gulf Conference continue to support this effort, recently endorsing a fourth year of support for this multi-church-provided stipend.

  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS): Help establish a Lutheran Studies Endowed Chair ($5,000) – LTSS has undertaken a campaign to endow a Lutheran Studies chair at the seminary, focused on having a Lutheran theology grounded voice "who can speak to the church of the 21st century," and "to new generations of Christians and to cultures and constituencies that have not historically been part of our church.”

  • St. John’s Lutheran Church (SJLC), Jacksonville, FL: Support SJLC’s mission and ministry as a Renewal/Redevelopment Congregation ($5,000) – For the past 15 years, SJLC in has been an official Renewal/Redevelopment Congregation supported in part by Churchwide funding. The pastoral team has been carefully and intentionally leading the congregation through a transformation from being primarily a “white” congregation sitting in the middle of a primarily African American community in the inner city. After a long redevelopment process, SJLC now reflects its surrounding community, becoming very multi-cultural in its make-up, and establishing itself as an important neighborhood organization respected by those whom it serves. Our grant will be utilized for on-going support to the SJLC mission and ministry in/to its community.

  • ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response – South Carolina Flooding: Funding for longer-term recovery projects ($3,500) – Unprecedented rainfall over South Carolina in October 2015 triggered massive flooding in the state, including the breaching of several dams. Several people died in the flood waters and related devastation, tens of thousands were without power for some time, major highways and other roads were severely damaged and hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged. The ELCA South Carolina Synod has been in the center of disaster response planning and implementation, all done in partnership with the ELCA’s Lutheran Disaster Response.  SAKLC Servant Ministry Team discussions with Synod staff revealed a priority need for funding for longer-term recovery efforts; the Servant Ministry Team requested the Foundation help fulfill this need.

  • Samaritan Counseling: Contribution to Samaritan’s Client Assistance fund to support counseling for low-income, underinsured and uninsured clients ($5,000) – Samaritan Counseling addresses a need in the community for affordable, faith-sensitive counseling services. This grant will help provide counseling to those who cannot afford the standard counseling fees. Presently, over 50% of clients need such assistance.

  • All Faiths Food Bank (AFFB): Support the project to double All Faith’s food assistance capacity ($4,000) – AFFB is implementing a $3.1 million expansion to double its warehouse size and capacity. After 18 months of planning, AFFB has developed a conservative, cost-effective approach to adding an additional 40,000 square feet of food warehousing space and an additional 4,000 square foot freezer/cooler. A $1 million lead gift has been secured and AFFB is seeking additional philanthropic commitments to secure this facility to feed our neighbors in need, and doubling future food assistance from the current 8 million pounds annually.

  • Meals on Wheels of Sarasota (MOWS): Fund computer workstations to speed implementation of new software ($1,000) – MOWS enable seniors and the disabled to live independently with dignity while they are unable to shop for meal supplies and/or are physically unable to prepare meals in their home. Locally MOWS provides 500 meals daily, six days a week with no governmental funding and with 80% of the recipients unable to pay anything toward the monthly cost of $117 per recipient.  Unable to find existing software appropriate to manage its recordkeeping requirements, MOWS partnered with a local company to create the necessary technology platform to meet the organization’s needs. Additional computer work stations were needed to implement the new software.

As a result of nearly 50 years of congregational giving and your continuing generosity – through your current gifts of cash, Thrivent Dollars and securities, and your legacy gifts – the Foundation’s General Endowment Fund was able to award grants totaling $60,000 during 2015.  Consider donating to the Foundation now; it’s as easy as clicking here.

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…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)