The Endowment Team of University Lutheran Chapel is pleased to announce three grants which advance the Chapel’s mission and ministry. At a meeting on Thursday July 7, the following grants were approved:
An application from the Chapel Council (Robyn Gee – Sponsor) was approved for a matching grant up to $1,500 to be applied to tuition, educational, or candidacy expenses for Seminarian Sara Schultz who begins this year at Union Seminary in New York. As Sara’s home congregation, we are pleased this year to be able to offer this kind of assistance. The Endowment will match up to a total of $1,500 in donations from the members and friends of the Chapel. We hope that this matching will encourage members to give generously in support of Sara’s seminary education. Click here to donate online, marking your gift “Sara’s Seminary Fund.” In making this grant, the team wrote that “we understand this grant to be an extension of our community’s intention to support discernment and training for ministry. Sara has grown up within our parish, was baptized and confirmed among us, and has discerned her call to ministry within this community. We are honored to be Sara’s home parish and sponsoring congregation in her candidacy process.”
Secondly, the team granted SHARE El Salvador (Locke Jaeger – sponsor) an initial grant of $1,000, with an additional $1,000 available as a challenge grant to be issued when that amount is matched by individual SHARE donors to the project. The team hopes that this challenge grant might motivate other SHARE supporters to contribute to this important project. The grant supports SHARE’s work around the implementation of new legislation in El Salvador — the Law for a Life Free of Violence Against Women through work with two local grassroots partners, ORMUSA and the Prudencia Ayala Feminist Coalition. For more information, visit the SHARE website.
Finally, the team granted $1,000 to Faith Active in Love and the Sierra Pacific Synod’s Youth Committee to support the upcoming delegation of Rwandan youth and adult leaders to our synod. In making the grant they wrote that “we celebrate with you this grand opportunity for cross cultural exchange and accompaniment that this delegation affords. We understand this grant to be an extension of our parish’s intention to be a community of accompaniment. We have significant experience accompanying the people of El Salvador through three decades of work with the Lutheran Church of El Salvador and SHARE El Salvador: La Fundación SHARE and look forward to accompanying the youth of our synod as well as the church of Rwanda through this support.”
The Chapel’s Endowment Fund is designed to be a perpetual fund. To date, it has been funded with generous gifts received from the estates of Ruby Knodell Falk (Bennett Falk’s mother), and beloved Chapel members, Sandra Ruth Olson, Marjorie K. Bauman, and Nancy Lee Peterson. We are honored to remember these sisters through the work which is supported through this fund.
All members of the Chapel may sponsor an application to the Endowment Team for a project you care about. You may download an Endowment Packet including a funding application, brochure, and information about making donations to the fund. Or you may mail the members of the Endowment Team: Chuck Jaeger, Jen Afdahl Rice, Bennett Falk, Pr. Jeff, or Luis Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org.