Grants Committee Minutes – July 21, 2021

Present: Betty Angelini, Chair; Lisa Allgood, Amy Duiker, Jackie Humphries, Georgia McCall, Chip Harwick Excused; Fran Lane Lawrence, Brady Radford, Skip Jackson

Betty opened the meeting with prayer.

Minutes from the June 2021 were approved. Educational Scholarships:

  • Amount available to award is $37,000
  • Team working on this portion of charge is:
    • Lisa, faciliatator
    • Skip
    • Georgia
  • Lisa provided the group with an update to the awards from the Higher Education Scholarships for Christian Leaders:
  • We awarded almost $40,000 in scholarships to 56 students from 10 presbyteries and 29 Awards ranged from $500 to $1,000.
  • Scholarships included 45 bachelor degrees, 4 associate degrees, and 7 theology Of the 56 scholarships, 27 were given to people who self identified as Black, Korean, Asian, and African.
  • This year, in addition to articulating career goals, applicants also reflected on how they work toward building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and/or eradicating systemic poverty. These areas of ministry characterize the Matthew 25 movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA), of which the Synod of the Covenant is a
  • Group will report in fall about suggestions for next cycle

Church Grants-$50,000 to award

  • Team
    • Betty, facilitator
    • Amy
    • Fran
    • Jackie
  • Application will be posted by August 1, 2021
    • The full committee approved the Matthew 25 grant application with modifications proposed and

Church Grants 2020

Betty compiling reports received to date. More details at next meeting.

Amy closed the meeting in prayer.

Our next meeting is September 29, 2021, at 10AM.

  • Opening prayer-Skip
  • Closing prayer-Jackie

Joyfully submitted, Betty

Synod Mission Statement

We, the Synod of the Covenant, in partnership with our presbyteries, congregations, the General Assembly and other faith communions, are called and sent by God to be a living, active and inclusive witness to the love of Christ.

Matthew 25 embrace these areas of focus:

  • Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the
  • Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of

Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.