Grace Church Foundation 2020 Ministry Support

By Scott Oats, President, Grace Church Foundation


The Grace Church Foundation is grateful for those who have given, continue to give and who have included the Foundation in their wills, trusts or other financial instruments. Your gifts are being used to support the church’s mission, ministries and beautiful building and grounds.

2020 was an incredibly challenging year for everyone including the church. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Grace’s in-person services and gatherings were basically eliminated.  But the lower activity in the building allowed for the completion of many projects that might otherwise not have been done. 

One of these projects was the replacement of concrete sidewalks at the entrances. These types of projects are not included in the church’s annual budget.  The Foundation was able to use the William Crowder and the Paul Myatt-Janet Meiley memorials to complete this project.  

Memorial funds are held by the Foundation and used to support the church’s ministries and other non-budgeted needs.  Families may designate the use of their loved one’s memorial gifts.  In 2020, the earnings from the memorial funds were used for electronic equipment to support the new “on-line” services and programs necessitated by the COVID restrictions. 

The Lighthouse heating and air conditioning unit stopped functioning and needed to be replaced.  The Lighthouse Endowment provided the funding for a new furnace and air conditioner.  The Lighthouse Endowment was established by Don Landgraf in memory of Linda Landgraf.  Others have also generously contributed to this fund including the Lorraine & Lloyd Glidden Foundation.  This endowment is a tremendous resource for the Lighthouse and the youth ministry.

The church’s handbells needed maintenance so half were refurbished in 2020 and the other half will be done next year.  A music endowment established by David and Candyce Krumwiede was used for this project.  This fund has been used over the years for the special needs of the music ministry.

The Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity has a program called FaithBuild which addresses our community's need for affordable housing.  Over 20 local churches come together to build a house for a family in need.  Grace Church takes a major role in the planning and actual building of the home.  In addition to the planning and boots on the ground, the church makes a financial commitment through the Foundation’s Kline Christian Initiative Endowment.  This endowment was established through a bequest from Dorothy Kline. We are fortunate to be able to use the income from this endowment to support Christian initiatives not funded by the annual budget.  

The Foundation provides continued resources to Grace Church because of our many donors. These donors looked to the future of Grace Church and included the Foundation in their wills or made outright gifts.  

If you would like additional information or wish to discuss, confidentially, the best way for you to make a gift, please feel free to contact me (soats@sbcglobal.net), or Pastors Cindy Marino (cindy.marino@peopleofgrace.org), Daniel Cochran (daniel.cochran@peopleofgrace.org), or Mark Himel (mark.himel@peopleofgrace.org).

If you have already named the Grace Foundation in your financial planning, please let the Foundation know by contacting me.  We would like to thank you!

Foundation Board Members: Scott Oats, President and Secretary; Jo Ellen Bender, Vice President; Peggy Nasti, Treasurer; Ron Laub; Gina Gramarosso; John Abe and Scott Skooglund.