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 to provide assistance in travel expenses related to the fund’s stated goals.
Requirements of the grant may be found on the application linked below.
The 2023 application period is now open and will remain open through October 15, 2023. You may download a fillable application HERE. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in early December 2023 and funds will be distributed by December 31, 2023.
Please note: if you received a grant award in 2022 you must submit the required report (as detailed in the application) about the use of your award PRIOR to submitting an application in 2023. If you have questions about this process, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.692.2791, Ext. 732 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.