35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
The purpose of The Matthew 25 Fund is to honor Christ as he spoke in Matthew 25:35-40. Jerry and Lynda Engelhardt established the fund through a strong desire to help people as in the verse. The primary criteria for making awards shall be Matthew 25:35-40. A secondary criterion shall be to evaluate if the proposed project will help establish or maintain congregational outreach and unity as in the spirit of the verse.
The fund is intended for ELCA Pacifica Synod congregations. However, awards may be given to other well-managed organizations not in the Pacifica Synod that meet the spirit of the verse. The annual application period is August 15 to October 15. Funds are distributed in January. When the application period opens, the current application will be posted on this page.
NEW for 2021 – Matching Funds – Applicants may request an additional amount (up to $500) to supplement funds raised and spent for this request’s purpose by the congregation/ministry. Please include information in your description detailing the source(s) and expenditures of these funds for this purpose.
The application period for the 2021 grants is now open through October 15, 2021. A fillable application may be downloaded here.
If you are a 2020 grant recipient and wish to submit the required report, you may download a fillable report form here. Please note: you will not be considered for future grants unless this report is filed by October 15, 2021.
Questions about this fund may be directed to Terri Robertson (Ext. 732) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.