Through the offering of financial support to individuals and organizations, this committee is 'linking lives in the love of Christ.'
St. John's Endowment Committee, through an application process, reviews requests from its neighbors near and far - all over the world - who demonstrate a will and ability to carry out God's call. The minimum amount requested must not be less than $1500. Meetings to consider applications and requests are typically monthly, on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
We are always actively seeking other appropriate “linking” projects to fund and encourage any and all interested - parishioners and others - to approach us with ideas/proposals.
Highlights of recent Endowment Committee grants:
Meeting a huge need for Midland County’s homeless, hungry and marginalized families, St. John's Episcopal Church's endowment committee recently approved grants to: Housing for the Homeless Coalition, Midland’s Open Door, CROP Hunger Walk, King’s Daughter’s Christmas Closet, SAMS Food Pantry, New Hope Village, Salvation Army and Midland Area Homes
Recognizing the reduced number of grant requests and the great need in our community, St. John's Episcopal Church's Endowment Committee also selected ten (10) local agencies to present additional grants: Habitat for Humanity, Midland Area Homes, Midland’s Open Door, The Rev. Ken Hitch’s Discretionary Fund, Salvation Army, St. Andrew’s Flint, St. Paul’s Saginaw, SAMS Food Pantry, Shelterhouse and Toni & Trish House
Highlights of past Endowment Committee grants include:
* Completion of the matching grant for the building of La Iglesia San Pablo y San Lucas in the Dominican Republic
* A grant toward mission travel and work in the Dominican Republic with 26 members of both St. John’s and our partnering congregation of Indian River participating
* A grant was made to HIS Ministries as a start-up grant for the Great Lakes Bay Region Sparrow’s Nest Project assisting single mothers who are in need
* A two-year grant was made for scholarships to two seminary students; the first for a seminarian in the Dominican Republic; the second for a US seminarian, Justine Post, daughter of Jane and Steve, currently attending Duke Divinity School.
* We contributed to the Diocese of Eastern Michigan's support of the DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring Project) - with funds to be used for travel and supplies.
* A grant to ACT-Michigan a) supported renovation and provision of solar power to the ACT Empowerment Centre in Muko, Uganda and b) covered start-up/rental costs for one year for a Midland storefront, Uniquely Uganda, in Midland (next to St. John's SAMS food pantry). More about this venture may be found on page 7 of this newsletter.
* We contributed funds toward Salvation Army's SHARE Project, a drop in summer day camp open to all children in the community. SHARE is run by the Salvation Army of Midland, but sponsored by local churches. In addition to this endowment grant, St. John's also lends support in the form of volunteers making lunch sandwiches.
* Windover High School set-up a community kitchen with help from one of our approved grants
* Christ Enrichment Center (formerly Christ Episcopal Church-Flint) received a grant which helped them set-up a volunteer coordinating office
* A grant to St. Andrews Church in Flint has helped augment their endowment fund and kick-start an effort to increase that fund through other sources
* Funds were approved to refurbish a bedroom and bathroom at the Shelterhouse of Midland. A number of parishioners also contributed their time and labor to renovate the bedroom.
* Caregiving Network here in Midland received funds to help with repairing damage created by a broken water line which flooded their basement.
* A grant was made to the Three Angels Children’s Relief Fund to help rebuild an outdoor kitchen at their orphanage in Haiti.
* Contributions were given to the The Anglican Church in Japan for Tsunami Relief and also to the National Cathedral in Washington DC to aid in earthquake damage repair.
* Funds were granted to West Midland Family Center for the replacement of outdated computers, allowing low-income individuals access to updated technology to take online college courses, research and do homework, manage transactions and correspondence. As community members connect with WMFC staff for computer use, they get the added benefit of learning about other resources available to them.
Each year, three new individuals are elected by the congregation to serve a term on the Endowment Committee. *Terms of service recently changed from four years to three years. ^indicates committee chairs. Class years listed below indicate members who will rotate off this committee in January of given year.
If interested in serving on this elected board, please let us know. Serving at the pleasure of St. John's Vestry, current committee members are listed below:
- Class of 2018 - ^Charles Bash, Betty Kirkley, Alicia Watt
- Class of 2019 - Jim Schuetz, Jane Scott
- Class of 2020 - ^Jesse Donahue, Betty Jones, Chuk Kleber
- Class of *2020 - Marcy Kirksey, Jan Marcou *(three year term beginning Jan 2017)