The Ascension Endowment fund was established in 2012, thanks to a generous gift. The fund is administered by a committee of five congregation members. Additionally, the pastor and treasurer serve as ex officio members of the committee, and a member/retired financial planner offers investment counsel. Further contributions to the endowment fund have been received and the fund has grown steadily over the years.
The purpose of the endowment fund is to provide distributions beyond the operating budget, to concerns that align with the following priorities:
- Innovations and new ministries within the congregation.
- Internship program.
- Projects in our own community.
- Support of other congregations, especially in Wyoming.
- Projects and ministries beyond our area.
Ascension has a wonderful history of hosting seminary students for their year of pastoral internship. Interns have shared their various gifts and honed their pastoral skills with the support of the congregation. This has been a mutually enriching ministry, a hallmark ministry in the life of Ascension. The endowment fund most recently contributed$10,000 toward the costs of hosting an intern during 2017-2018.
2019 disbursements include:
–$3,000 to fund a Sky Ranch Bible Camp team to lead our Vacation Bible School. Ascension’s VBS has been an enriching experience for many youngsters from our congregation and the larger community. The Sky Ranch teams do a great job of leading VBS and it is marvelous to have the church so filled with lively children during VBS week!
–$4,000 ($2,000 x 2) for global travel. Two of our members will visit our sister churches in Tanzania and Rwanda in the fall of 2019, as part of an ELCA delegation. The Tanzanian Lutheran church is the fastest growing Lutheran church in the world. The Rwandan Lutheran church is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We look forward to the stories that our emissaries will bring back to share with us!
Please consider a donation to the Ascension Endowment Fund! Your gifts will help underwrite gratifying ministries such as those that have been mentioned, along with ministries that have not yet been imagined. Some may wish to consider naming the Endowment Fund and/or Ascension Lutheran Church in your will or living trust so as to help assure that your church will continue it’s witness and service into the future!