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Immanuel Lutheran Fund announces annual grants

The Lutheran Community Foundation (LCF) recently announced grants from The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Endowment Fund, a permanently endowed charitable fund established at the foundation upon the closing of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Minneapolis. A total of more than $54,000 is being awarded from the fund to support various Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) programs and scholarship awards in 2010.

Three scholarships, each in the amount of $7,200, were granted to Luke Anderson of Fairmont, Minnesota, attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri; Stephen Preus of Lewisville, Minnesota, attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Joseph Seifert, Jr., of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, also attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. The scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the LCMS, who are pursuing their studies at an LCMS college, university, or seminary.

In addition, the Immanuel Endowment Fund has generated grants totaling over $21,000 to Concordia Academy in Roseville and Lutheran High School in Mayer, to provide scholarship assistance to students attending these LCMS schools. LINC–Twin Cities and LCMS Minnesota South District will each receive about $5,400 to support urban city ministry in Minneapolis, and to support the LCMS Ministerial Health Program, respectively.

Founded in 1888, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church maintained a strong commitment to education. A school affiliated with the church was founded in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained a part of the church’s mission for nearly 100 years. When the church closed in November 2001, the congregation established this fund to provide benefit to a variety of Lutheran educational and ministerial programs.

The LCF is a faith-based public charity that exists to provide a connection between donors and the community. Gifts from the Lutheran and non-Lutheran donors provide grants nationwide, representing a shared vision to achieve change throughout our community. The foundation’s mission is “to serve our donors with integrity, as together we change lives and spread joy by sharing our blessings with the world,” according to its Web site, www.thelcf.org. The foundation is located in Minneapolis.

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