Over the past several months, the Investment in Ministries Committee has been asked these questions often.  So, here are the answers:

What is the IMF? IMF stand for Investment in Ministries Fund, or IMF, for short.  It is an endowment fund established to reach beyond our walls to offer assistance to those in need in our community, our nation, and our world.

When was it established? The IMF was officially established on May 15, 2022 with a strong vote of support from the congregation of BLC to adopt the Bylaws outlining our purpose and practices.

Why was it created? The IMF Committee will plan informational opportunities for the congregation and work with our ELCA Regional Gift Planner, Ryan Ebner, to give you the resources you need to meet your estate planning goals.

Who will it serve?  How can I participate? One goal of the IMF is to give every person the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.  As part of our 100th Anniversary we will be asking you to consider a gift to the IMF this year.  In addition, when you make or update your estate plan, please consider BLC and the IMF.  There are many ways to make a gift and many types of gifts that you may not even be aware of.  It is important to discuss your goals and objectives with a trusted professional. Click the “Giving Resources” button for further information.

We are here to help in any way we can. Please contact any member of the IMF Committee with questions.

Mark Gaul, Roger Kolker, Paulette Costanza, John Costanza, John Panko

or Ryan Ebner (ryan.ebner@elca.org , phone 814-823-3285)