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. Due to COVID-19, no monies will be given for travel from 2021 grants. .
The 2021 GEM Grant Application may be found here. Requirements of the grant may be found on the application. Please download and complete the application and submit it along with a one-page description of the project/program and how the money will be spent. Be specific as to how the project/program meets the goals of this grant and the outcomes anticipated. Instructions for submitting the application and narrative are listed on the application.
The maximum amount that can be requested is $1,000. The 2021 application period will open May 15 and the deadline to apply is July 15, 2021. Recipients of the grant awards will be notified in September 2021 and funds will be distributed by October 1, 2021.
Please note: if you received a grant award in 2020, you must submit the required reporting about the use of your award PRIOR to submitting an application for 2021. If you have questions about this process, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.