In 2016, “The Murray and Rhoda Finck Global Engagement Mission Fund” (GEM Fund) was established. It is named in honor of Bishop Emeritus Murray Finck and his wife Rhoda, in recognition and appreciation of their service and accomplishments during the 18 years that Bishop Murray served as Bishop of the Pacifica Synod (from 1998 through 2016.)
- To assist congregations of the Pacifica Synod in their Global Mission efforts.
- To initiate and/or continue direct support of present and future Companion Synods of the Pacifica Synod.
- To share in ministry with God’s people as we together strive for a lasting world peace.
Distribution of funds may be given to increase awareness of global mission work, to fund domestic and/or foreign projects related to Pacifica Companion Synods and Lutheran partners and provide assistance in travel expenses related to the fund’s stated goals.
The 2019 GEM Fund Grants have been awarded. The application period for the 2020 grants will open on May 1, 2020. At that time, you will find the link to the application posted on this page. The application must be completed and submitted along with a one-page description of the project/program and how the money will be spent. The maximum amount that can be requested is $3,000. The 2020 application deadline is June 30, 2020. Recipients of the grant awards will be notified in September 2020 and funds will be distributed by October 1, 2020.