Endowment Fund

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Started in 2003, St. Luke's Endowment Fund was dreamed up after the church received an unexpected estate donation of $10,000.

With a desire to create something that would benefit our local community as well as lift up the importance of education the leadership started the Endowment Fund.

Out of the interest accrued on the principal amount the Endowment Fund Trustees distribute funds in two ways.

The first is that the Endowment Committee seeks and reviews proposals that stimulate and facilitate God's work. The Committee has an interest in furthering St. Luke’s mission and its ministry as a Christ based partner in the community. Types of projects supported are shown below but you are not limited to these areas:

  •                Development of multi-cultural and cross-cultural ministry contacts.
  •                New Community Initiatives, and Outreach.
  •                Projects to expand existing community programs (not increasing program operating funds).
  •                Enhance and expand community interaction within our ELCA cluster.

The second ministry that the Endowment Fund provides is the Bill Winson Scholarship Fund. Each year a new, renewable $2,000 scholarships is given to a member of the congregation who is seeking higher education. Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years for a total of $8,000. Therefore, each year, the Fund distributes $8,000 to four students.

Since it's inception in 2003, the Fund has distributed over $150,000 for local ministries and to provide scholarships!

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Application Deadlines

Applications for the Endowment Fund grants must be received by March 31, 2021 at 3:00 pm.

*Please note: Grant applicants do not need to be a member of St. Luke's but they must have an active member of St. Luke's serve as a sponsor for the application*

Applications for the Bill Winson Scholarship must be received, in their entirety, by May 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm.

*Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, a student currently enrolled in an educational institution or an adult returning to further their education, and a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Temperance or immediate family member (spouse or child).*

Applications should be submitted to the St. Luke's Church office attention Endowment Committee.

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2022 Endowment Fund Grant Recipients

The recipients of the 2022 grants include:

●    Fellowship Matters to aid their program for feeding area children over the summer ($2,500)

●    Bedford Heart Heroes to update and maintain AEDs in public locations ($2,000)

●    Genacross Youth and Family Services to create a group home play area ($4,000)

●    Bedford Community Senior Center to purchase meals on wheels equipment ($1,595)

●    Christ Lutheran Church to aid their ministry ($2,500)

●    Lydia's Closet to aid the start-up of their teen clothing ministry ($500)

●    Holistic Hands Wellness Center for Toledo Campus Ministry seminars focusing on mental health ($3,000)

●    Ida West Immanuel Lutheran Church to update their worship streaming capabilities ($700)

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2021 Bill Winson Scholarship Recipient

Anna Garcia

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Prior Grant Recipient Projects

In 2020 one of the projects we funded through the Endowment Fund was a sensory room at the Maumee Youth Center campus of Genacross Lutheran Services.

In 2021, one of the projects funded was used to create a highly visible, durable, and inviting prayer labyrinth that borders the University of Toledo campus.  

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