Congratulations to 2021’s Matthew 25 Grantees

The Synod of the Covenant is delighted to announce that it has awarded $50,000 in grants to eleven congregations and ministries in over 5 presbyteries.  The focus of the grants (which range from $2,400 to $5,000) is to support ministries to build congregational vitality, dismantle structural racism, and/or eradicate systemic poverty. These goals stem from the denomination’s Matthew 25 movement. Of 23 grant applications, 11 were awarded funds.

Here are the grant awardees for 2021:

Cincinnati Presbytery

Pleasant Run Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their non-food pantry

Winton Hills Community Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their weekly community dinners

Detroit Presbytery

Calvary Presbyterian Church of Detroit
$5,000 for their PATH (Pan African Theological Hermeneutic) Program

First Presbyterian Church Pontiac
$5,000 for their food pantry program

Starr Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their welcome laundry program

UKirk Eastern Michigan University
$5,000 to support a year long internship

Westminster Church of Detroit
$5,000 for refrigerator equipment to support their food ministry

Mackinac Presbytery

United Presbyterian Church
$5,000 for their cooking partnership program

Maumee Valley Presbytery

First Presbyterian Church Monroe
$5,000 for their Learning Bank program

Muskingum Valley Presbytery

Camp Wakonda
$2,600 for their senior high camp week

Various Presbyteries

Synod of the Covenant Korean Presbyterian Churches
$2,400 for their annual Korean Pastors Retreat

These grants, as well as the Higher Education Scholarships previously announced, are funded in part by per capita payments from the almost 700 Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations and more than 100,000 members, mostly in the states of Ohio and Michigan, throughout the Synod of the Covenant.

The Grants Committee includes Lisa Allgood (Cincinnati Presbytery), Betty Angelini (Eastminster Presbytery), Amy Duiker (Miami Valley Presbytery), Jackie Humphries (Detroit Presbytery), Skip Jackson (Scioto Valley Presbytery), Fran Lane-Lawrence (Lake Michigan Presbytery, Georgia McCall (Lake Huron Presbytery), and Chip Hardwick (Synod of the Covenant). In this Thanksgiving season, the committee is grateful for all who applied for these grants:

“In this Thanksgiving season, we are thankful for you.  Peace and love with faith to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  God’s grace to all of you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love that never ends” (Ephesians 6:23-24).