At the end of 2014, Holy Trinity received a most generous and unexpected bequest from Dan and Emma Hettler.

The first thing Holy Trinity’s Council decided to do with this gift was to give 25% of it beyond the needs of our congregation. To that end, Council created the Mission Commitment Fund, and set up a special task force to oversee the disbursements from the fund. First, Council designated our President of the Congregation to Chair the task force; then Council selected several Council members to serve on it; finally Council allowed members of the congregation to self-select to serve on this task force — allowing on the task force any member who had special interest in how this money would be disbursed. Council then began the publicity that would invite all members of Holy Trinity (and ONLY members of Holy Trinity) to apply to this fund for grants to be given to their favorite charity beyond Holy Trinity.

Council spent most of the spring and summer of 2015 publicizing this opportunity within the congregation through the bulletin, newsletter, and special church-wide meetings. Council designed a form that every applicant (including the pastors) needed to use to apply for grants to their favorite beyond-Holy-Trinity charities. Each applicant (including the pastors) could apply for grants to no more than three non-profits.

All grants had to meet three criteria which were listed in bold print at the top of every application:

The Three Criteria that must be met for a fund request to be considered by Council & the Mission Commitment Task Force:
A) The fund request must be for a Christian organization (church or parachurch)
B) The Christian organization must be a 501 (c) 3 – ( tax exempt)
C) The Christian organization must either be listed on Charity Navigator or be a Christian organization that Holy Trinity has supported in the past.

Grant Request Form — Updated by Council 6/1/2016

Cover Letter to Accompany each Grant — Updated by Council 6/1/2016

The non-profit charitable organizations that received grants in 2018 were:

AIDS Dinner — $2,000
Asia Harvest — $3,000
Bread of Heaven Food Pantry — $4,000
Carson Simpson Farm — $1,500
Coalition for Christian Outreach — $2,000
Compassion International — $1,500
Cradle of Hope — $2,000
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, State College PA — $2,000
First Lutheran Church, Kirkland Illinois — $2,000
Harvest USA — $1,750
Holy Trinity – Parish Relief Fund — $2,000
Kensington Ministries of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — $3,000
Logan Hope — $1,000
Lutheran World Relief — $2,000
NALC — Disaster Response Fund — $3,000
NALS (North American Lutheran Seminary) — $2,000
Samaritan’s Purse — $3,000
Silver Springs / Martin Luther School — $2,000
St. Joan of Arc — Holy Innocent’s Parish — $1,500
St. Mark’s Reformed Episcopal Church — $2,000
Sunday Breakfast Mission — $2,500
The Cole Family Foundation / Guatamala Mission — $1,500
Valley Christian School — $3,000
Voice of the Martyrs — $1,500
Water Mission International — $2,500
World Mission Prayer League — $3,000
Wycliffe Bible Translators — $1,250
Young Life of Montgomery County — $1,500

The non-profit charitable organizations that received grants in 2017 were:

Asia Harvest — $1, 500
Carson Simpson Farm — $1,500
Compassion International — $1,250
Cradle of Hope — $1,500
First Lutheran, Kirkland, Illinois — $1,000
Harvest USA — $1,250
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – AIDS Dinner — $1,500
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Parish Relief Fund $2,000
Immanuel Lutheran Church State College — $1,000
Interfaith Food Cupboard — $3,000
Logan Hope –$2,000
LC-MS (for missionaries Bill & Nicole Lohmeyer) – $1,000
Lutheran World Relief — $1,250
NALC (toward operating costs)– $1,000
North American Lutheran Seminary – $2,000
Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Christmas Child) – $1,500
Silver Springs – Martin Luther School — $1,000
St. Mark’s Reformed Episcopal Church — $1,000
Sunday Breakfast Mission — $1,500
Trinity Seminary (for Seminarians Caleb and Lynnae Douglas) — $2,000
Valley Christian School — $3,000
Voice of the Martyrs – 1,500
Water Mission International — $1,250
World Mission Prayer League — $2, 000
Wycliffe Bible Translators — $1,000
Young Life of Montgomery County — $1,500

 

The non-profit charitable organizations that received grants in 2016 were:

AIDS Dinner — $1,500
Asia Harvest — $1,500
Carson Simpson Farm – $1,500
Compassion International – $1,250
Cradle of Hope – $1,500
Emmanuel Lutheran Church – State College – $1,000
First Lutheran, Kirkland Illinois — $1,000
Harvest USA – $1,250
Holy Trinity Parish Relief Fund – $2,000
Interfaith Food Cupboard – $3.000
LC-MS (Missionaries Bill & Nicole Lohmeyer) — $1,000
Logan Hope ($2,000)
Lutheran World Relief – $1,500
NALC – $1,000
North American Lutheran Seminary — $2,000
Samaritan’s Purse – $1,566
Silver Springs – Martin Luther School – $2,000
St. Mark’s Reformed Episcopal Church – $1,000
Sunday Breakfast Mission – $1,500
Trinity Seminary, Ambridge (Seminarians Caleb and Lynnea Douglas) – $2,000
Valley Christian School – $3,000
Voice of the Martyrs – $1,500
Water Mission International – $1,250
World Mission Prayer League – $2,000
Wycliffe Bible Translators – $1,000
Young Life of Montgomery County – $1,500

The non-profit charitable organizations that received grants in 2015 were: (name of member requesting the grant)

AIDS Dinner (Maryann Leventhal) — $1,500
Asia Harvest (Rosemary Hinkle) __ $1,500
Carson Simpson Farm (Danielle Rowley) — $1,500
Compassion International (Deb Mumford) — $1,500
Cradle of Hope (Rosemary Hinkle & Katie Beyers) — $1,500
First Lutheran Church, Kirkland Illinois (Heide Caputo) — $1,000
Harvest USA (Rosemary Hinkle) — $1,500
Holy Trinity Parish Relief Fund (Danielle Rowley) — $2,000
Interfaith Food Cupboard (Judi Reeder) –$3,000
Lutheran Church Mo. Syn. — Missionaries Bill and Nicole Lohmeyer (Pastor L. Guenzel) — $1,000
Lutheran World Relief (Pastor Mandy) — $1,500
Logan Hope School (Judi Reeder) — $2,000
NALC North American Lutheran Seminary (Pastor Mandy) — $2,000
Silver Springs/Martin Luther School (Heide Caputo) — $2,000
Samaritan’s Purse — Christmas Child (Rosemary Hinkle) — $1,500
Society of the Holy Trinity (Pastor Mike) — $1,500
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (Alan Hinkle) — $1,500
Trinity Seminary — Seminarians Caleb and Lynnae Douglas (Linda Cassady) — $2,000
Valley Christian School (Terry Rowley) — $3,000
Voice of the Martyrs (Deb Mumford) — $1.500
Water Mission International (Pastor Mandy) — $1,500
World Mission Prayer League — Missionary Didi Panzo (Pastor Mike) — $1,500
Wycliffe Bible Translators (Kathy Ingerson) — $1,500
Young Life of Montgomery County (Alan Hinkle) — $1,500