$70,955 Granted to ECMN Faith Communities to Support Adaptation

Faith communities have worked hard to adapt to a new way of being church.

In recognition of all that these adaptations have demanded, Council launched and coordinated a new, one time, COVID-19 Adaptation Grant, utilizing funds from the ECMN budget.

Faith Communities in ECMN were invited to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to adapt to the shift in needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mission Committee of Council created the grant criteria and reviewed all the grants (council members were not asked to review grants submitted by their home faith communities). In the discernment process, the Committee felt it important to support basic access to and integration of technology for those faith communities who have not been able to access zoom or live stream remote services.

The Committee received 47 grant applications and was able to fund 15. The need for funds clearly exceeded the resources that were available. Grants were awarded for $5,000 unless otherwise noted. A total of $70,955 was awarded by the Committee.

The funded projects are:

Ascension, Stillwater
Funds will be used to improve outdoor worship and support new technology needs.

El Santo Niño, St. Paul
Funds will be used for technology needs, rent for church in current space and financial aid to church members.

Epiphany, Plymouth
Funds will be used for the Little Free Pantry for basic need items for those in the community experiencing food insecurity and other challenges.

Episcopal House of Prayer
Funds will be used to update their entire space with internet and webcasting to host programming on-line.

Holy Apostles, St. Paul
Funds will be used for technology needs to live stream worship and connect with members and basic protective supplies for those needing to be in the space.

Messiah, St. Paul
Funds will be used to continue to host their Pop-Up Outdoor Worship and Pop-Up Youth Ministry programs.

St. Andrew’s, Minneapolis
Funds will be used for technology needs and materials to connect with their members.

St. Anne’s, Sunfish Lake
Funds will be used for meal packing through Harvest Pack, with a goal of 21,700 meals, to assist those experiencing food insecurity.

St. Christopher’s, Roseville
Funds will be used for technology needs to live stream worship, to support Keystone Community Shelf, and protective materials for those needing to be in the space.

St. Clement’s, St. Paul
Funds will be used on technology and materials for outdoor/live streaming worship and support Maxfield Elementary in collecting winter gear.

St. John’s, Onigum
Funds will be used to expand the offerings for YOLO (Youth of Onigum Live On), a program that supports the unmet needs of those in the village, around a Lacrosse program.

St. Mary’s, Afton ($4,678)
Funds will be used for technology to allow for live streaming and connecting to members and protective materials for those needing to be in the space.

St. Luke’s, Detroit Lakes ($4,022)
Funds will be used for technology needs to allow for recorded and live streaming of worship and events.

St. Peter, Kasson
Funds will be used to adapt their meal program, A Place at the Table, and food pantry so they can continue to support those in their community experiencing food insecurity.

Trinity, Hermantown ($3255)
Funds will be used for technology to live-stream services and for programming for their Sunday School program.

Members of the Council Mission Committee are:
Rev. Rex McKee, St. John’s, Minneapolis (Lead); Loxley Koshnik, St. Luke’s Detroit Lakes; Natalie Constance, St. Paul’s, Duluth; Jean Dakota, St. Columba, White Earth; Steve Richards, Sts. Luke and James, Minneapolis; Bai Xiong, Holy Apostles, St. Paul; Bruce Louwagie, St. James, Marshall; Rev. Judy DesHarnais, Messiah, St. Paul.