Grace Lutheran Church is awarded $5K grant

COLUMBIA CITY — Grace Lutheran Church, of Columbia City, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding was awarded to Grace Lutheran Church based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional, an spiritual needs in the community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship and care for the sick based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36. Grace Lutheran Church has also elected to participate in a complementary two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the foundation. For every dollar raised by Grace Lutheran Church from donors by March 31, the Thriven Financial for Lutherans Foundation will provide an additional 50 cents per dollar—up to $5,000—in support of Grace Lutheran Church’s ministry.“We are delighted to assist Grace Lutheran Church through this grant,” said Richard Kleven, vice president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.“We trust that this support will strengthen Grace Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry and those it serves.”The Grace Lutheran Food Pantry provides perishable food items, non-perishable food items and vouchers for Columbia City and Larwill residents (vouchers for Community Cupboard in Fort Wayne). On average, 288 families and 963 people are served per month. The Grace Lutheran Food Pantry is open Wednesdays and Fridays from noon until 2 p.m. To contribute to Grace Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry visit to 204 N. Main St., Columbia City, IN 46725. About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans FoundationFounded in 1982, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation that operates exclusively for charitable, educational, and religious purposes. It supports the health and vitality of the Lutheran community, the Fox Cities of Wisconsin, and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Grants are provided for projects and missions that reflect Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ charitable interests. The primary charitable interest of the foundation is assisting nonprofit organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability. To learn more about the foundation & its programs, visit About Thrivent Financial for LutheransThrivent Financial for Lutherans is a faith-based financial services membership organization helping its nearly 2.5 million members to be wise with money and to live generous lives. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial joins with its members to create and support national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, school, charitable organizations, and individuals in need. For more information, visit Those interested in more information can also find the nonprofit on Facebook and Twitter.