Creative Ministry grants can go for any number of projects, though the money may not be applied to staffing costs. Grants are typically for $500 to $1,000 and allow congregations to try something new. This program really helps provide a large enough "economy of scale" for smaller to mid-sized congregations to take on new ministries.
This year, the Endowment Board is honoring the wishes of a specific donor by encouraging grants to help fund creative Christian children's education. We will apply the criterion of whether a project is directed at children or youth only to the first two grants. Here are some recent recipients of Creative Ministry Grants:
-Faith Astoria for summer feeding program;
-Christ Aurora for pod-casting equipment;
-Bethel Portland for a "Community through Liturgy" program;
-Gloria Dei Coos Bay for their prayer shawl ministry;
-Faith Roseburg for their Homeless Youth Drop in Center;
-Christ the Healer UCC/Enterbeing/Redeemer Portland for a "folk church" ministry;
-Four congregations from Emerald Cluster of Eugene for a Saturday evening contemplative worship service
-Holy Trinity Portland for a mass mailing for a non-traditional worship service called "Koine Community".
An application for the Creative Ministry grant is available at http://www.oregonsynod.org/faithinaction/give/endowmentgrantppp.pdf
Applications are due by April 2.
Maybe your congregation faces other financial needs. The Endowment Board also makes recommendations throughout the year regarding the Synod Loan Fund. These projects are frequently, though not necessarily, for capital improvements. For instance, we recommended that a youth program that wanted to buy a coffee cart to support their fundraising efforts receive a loan. Other recent projects that have been funded:
-Our Saviour's Lutheran Lebanon: air conditioning for sanctuary;
-Christ Lutheran Church Aurora: purchase of a copier;
-First Immanuel Portland: fire detection/alarm system;
-Redeemer Lutheran Church Portland: roof repair and conditional use permit
More information about loans is available at http://www.oregonsynod.org/faithinaction/give/09LoanFund_App.pdf or by contacting us below. We want to provide financial support for your ministries, and we are waiting to hear from you.
In Christ's Service
Your Synod Endowment Committee
Grieg Anderson, Bishop David Brauer-Rieke, Harold Britton,
Bonny Groshong, Rev. Craig Johnson, Rev. John Maas,
John Thom, Ron Pittman
Dr. Lynn E. Ries, Endowment Board of Trustees Chairwoman