Sunday, October 25, 2020

Marco Lutheran Church Foundation Awards Grants


Front row (from left): Gail Hoopes (Foundation Board Member), Dennis Hess (Foundation Board President), Seth DeBartolo (Amigos en Cristo), Allyssa Hayes (Protected Harbor), Herb Glesmann (Mission Central), Leesa Carls (Foundation Board Member), Pastor Ken Garazin (Foundation Board Member). Back row (from left): Rev. Van Ellison (St. Matthew’s House), Tom Rehkop (Lutheran Hour Ministries), Mike Sullivan (Hope Seeds), Fred Steinbach (World Gospel Outreach), Dave Tobiasz (Grace Place for Children & Families), Darcy Taylor (David Lawrence Center). Photos by Sue Keller

Front row (from left): Gail Hoopes (Foundation Board Member), Dennis Hess (Foundation Board President), Seth DeBartolo (Amigos en Cristo), Allyssa Hayes (Protected Harbor), Herb Glesmann (Mission Central), Leesa Carls (Foundation Board Member), Pastor Ken Garazin (Foundation Board Member). Back row (from left): Rev. Van Ellison (St. Matthew’s House), Tom Rehkop (Lutheran Hour Ministries), Mike Sullivan (Hope Seeds), Fred Steinbach (World Gospel Outreach), Dave Tobiasz (Grace Place for Children & Families), Darcy Taylor (David Lawrence Center). Photos by Sue Keller

Marco Lutheran Church Foundation (MLC), with nineteen years of doing good and sharing with others, announced its 2018 grant recipients.

Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Tom Rehkop receives a grant award from Gail Hoopes.

Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Tom Rehkop receives a grant award from Gail Hoopes.

Leesa Carls, chair of the Grants Committee, President Dennis Hess, Gail Hoopes, Pastor Ken Garazin and Pastor Kevin Koenig welcomed ten of this year’s honorees. Per Leesa Carls, the Foundation received 27 requests totaling over $350,000. This year, the Foundation awarded over $100,000 in grants.

Grace Place will use the grant to improve its food pantry.

Grace Place will use the grant to improve its food pantry.

The MLC Foundation was established by the congregation in 1999. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided grants totaling more than $900,000. The 2018 grant recipients will use the funds in a variety of ways to help the community.

Grace Place for Children and Families will use the award for the purchase of a commercial-quality food storage shelving and tables for their new and expanded food pantry space. They are an education center but they also provide social services through their food pantries. “Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world,” (Nelson Mandela) and according to Dave Tobiasz, “that is what Grace Place is and that is who they are.”

Amigos En Cristo’s award will improve their capacity to provide spiritual services to the Hispanic community.

David Lawrence Center’s award will provide interpretation services such as sign language for individuals and families needing professional care for mental health problems.

Hope Seeds is all about planting a seed and saving a soul and their award will fund the Widow’s Seed project in Uganda. According to Hope Seeds they have distributed 10 million packets of seeds all over the world since they started.

Lutheran Hour Ministries award will fund Mission Outreach in the Middle East and North Africa via a new television program that will be launched in partnership with SAT-7 from a base in Cairo, Egypt. In 2016, they reached 70 million people through their weekly programs.

Marco Lutheran Outreach Board’s grant will fund “Summer of Outreach”, a multi-step project to reach out to the fulltime residents of Marco Island and better acquaint them with both the Marco Lutheran Church and their mission.

Mission Central’s grant will support the work of missionary Krista Young, a dedicated missionary in E. Africa.

Protected Harbor’s grant will fund the purchase of bed linens, bath towels and other basic housewares for the residents of a new group home.

St. Matthew’s House’s grant will help expand Justin’s Place Discipleship Program.

World Gospel Outreach’s award will fund a mentor couple in Honduras, where they will help care for and nurture 40 children from backgrounds of abuse and abandonment.

Concordia Seminary’s grant will help fund a student’s theological studies at the Seminary.

Inspired Learning Center’s grant will fund the purchase of 500 NIV Bibles for students at Collier County High Schools.

Providence House’s grant will fund child care assistance to the mothers at Providence House so they can work and continue their path to self-sufficiency.

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