The idea of an endowment fund had been with the church for many years but on November 1, 2009 the congregation of North Lake United Methodist Church voted at the annual church conference to officially establish an endowment fund.

The primary purpose of the Christian Covenant Endowment (CCE) is to provide a means for members and friends of the church to make gifts and bequests to provide a permanent endowment of financial support and living memorials. Gifts to the Endowment Fund are invested and held in perpetuity. A portion of the investment income is used to further Christian ministry and mission.

In 2011 the Christian Covenant Endowment Committee started awarding grants that enhanced the mission and ministry of the North Lake United Methodist Church.  Between 2011 and 2017, these 35 grants have been authorized, providing about $36,000 in financial support:
  • Hand Chimes
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • 175th Anniversary History Book
  • North Lake United Methodist Church Historical  Committee Advertising of Events
  • Cook’s Night Off*
  • 2011 Eagle Scout ProjectNorth Lake spire
  • Children’s Christmas Musicals*
  • North Lake United Methodist Church Spire Replacement
  • Insert in Sun Times
  • Mission Trip with Operation Classroom
  • 2012 Eagle Scout Project
  • Expansion of Gravel Parking Lot
  • From Our Hearts to Your Table
  • Pastoral Ministries Scholarships*
  • Special Event Tent
  • Puppet Diversity Project
  • Ice Cream Social and Classic Vehicle Event*
  • Program – Potluck Events Project
  • Chelsea Expo
  • North Lake United Methodist Church Youth Meeting Room Re-model Project
  • Church Directory
  • Parsonage Remodel – Main BathroomIMG_4748
  • Church Music Lending Library
  • April Showers
  • Grief Share and Divorce Care Outreach
  • Reverse Trick or Treat
  • Aging in Place
  • 2017 Cemetery Walk and Historical Research
  • Tech Equipment for Kid’s Church

(*) Funded multiple years

The best news of all is that the CCE continues to grow through gifts ranging from individuals tithing modestly but regularly as well as memorial bequests and other donations. It is rare to find an endowment fund in a small rural church such as North Lake UMC.  We are truly blessed! We are especially blessed to have a team of volunteers and a faith community that is responsibly utilizing the endowment fund to further God’s Kingdom through missions and ministries like those funded by the Christian Covenant Endowment of North Lake United Methodist Church.


Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!


Mark J. Obenchain
Chair Christian Covenant Endowment

Grant Brochure

2018 CCEC Grant Application Form

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