Generations of Generosity
Messiah has a living endowment of faithful members with abundant gifts, and varied talents, whose mission is to share Jesus Christ with all people.
We believe, teach and confess that everything we have is a gift from God entrusted to our nurture and care, and that the Christian life is a life of stewardship. (Evangelical Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada)
Messiah has two endowment funds: the Mission Endowment Fund and the Panoptic Mission Endowment Fund. The Mission Endowment Fund was created by our congregation at our 2005 Annual General Meeting. Its purpose is to fund new mission initiatives by Messiah. The Panoptic Mission Endowment Fund is to fund on-going missions of Messiah.
These funds are for Messiah, Messiah members and can not be given to a third party. Members can apply for accrued interest once a year through the Support Committee which recommends to Messiah Council. The recommendation is brought to the Annual Meeting for vote. In some years there has not been a qualified application so interest from two years has been awarded.
At the beginning of each year, members are invited to suggest projects to be funded by the interest earned by the Funds. Members present at the Annual General Meeting decide which project or projects will be funded.