In 2019, our church established a Ministry Endowment Fund (MEF). Its purpose is to enhance the ministry outreach of our church, apart from the general operating budget of the congregation. These gifts will allow us the ability to extend God's work now and for future generations.
 
    How the MEF works:
    ---The Fund will maintain a principal of at least $25,000 at all times. Only the income which the Fund accumulates will be disbursed. This ensures that your gift to the Fund will literally "keep on giving from one generation to the next."
   
    Responsibilities of the MEF Committee:
    ---The MEF Committee shall determine the percentage of available funds per category to be distributed and shall report this to the Congregational Council prior to any disbursement.
    ---The Committee will consist of five members, elected by the congregation. No member shall serve more than two consecutive 3-year terms. The Pastor and the President or Vice President of the congregation will be ex-officio members, meaning they are members not by election, but by virtue of their positions of authority. Current elected members are Kathy Knutson (chair), Dale Hanson (treasurer), Dana Nielsen (secretary), Tom Telitz and Ed Zaiser.
   
    How funds are distributed:
    ---Income from the Fund is distributed annually, or at such times as is deemed necessary or feasible to accomplish its purposes through distributions:
  • 0-35% for outreach into the community and Northwest Synod
  • 0-35% for missions of the ELCA, nationally and worldwide
  • 0-35% for capital improvements, debt reduction for a building program or any special ministry of the church that is not in the regular annual budget 
  • 0-25% for any one or all of the above designated areas in any proportion as determined by the Committee, or for causes and programs which at the discretion of the Committee are deemed consistent with the purpose of the Fund in enhancing the ministry outreach of the Congregation.     
    
       How you can give to the Fund:
       ---Cash contributions
       ---Memorial gifts
       ---Real estate
       ---Life insurance
       ---Securities
 
    To inquire about making a contribution, or to get more information, please contact Committee Chair Kathy Knutson by phone at 715-790-8464 or email at knutsons@charter.net, or speak to any Committee member.