A highlight of 2022 was Foundation Week October 2. “Sending God’s Message into the Future” was the theme with the focus on the interns and seminary students who have been helped with grants from the Foundation.
The following maps show where these young people have served, spreading God’s message throughout our community, the country, and the world. The Foundation has given more than $10,000 to the students personally or to Luther Seminary for the student aid program.
The following maps show the places the interns and seminary students have gone to spread God’s message.
Thanks to the generous donations from both our congregation and the larger community, since 1985 the Foundation has been able to provide $53,500 in grants to people and projects both within St. Mark’s Church community and out into the community. During 2022, the Foundation was able to provide $9,500 in grants which will impact many people’s lives in a meaningful and impactful way now and in the future.
Several of these grants were:
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Foundation as you have helped spread God’s word throughout the community, country, and the world.
The St. Mark’s Foundation would like to thank the congregation of St. Mark’s for its continuing support of the Foundation. The Foundation is thankful to be able to help people in need and community organizations such as the Polar Back Pack program, the North High/St. Mark’s Coat Drive, and the North St. Paul Area Food Shelf.
The Foundation asks that you consider a special year-end donation to help us continue to carry God’s word forward. Donations can easily be made by sending a check to the Foundation at 2499 N. Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN 55109, or you can donate online by using the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church website, click on the “About” tab, then click on “Contribute” and scrolling down to the “St. Mark’s Foundation” box. The Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit chartered organization. Matching contributions are available through many work places, so check with your place of employment to see if the St. Mark’s Foundation would be eligible for matching contributions.
More information about the Foundation is available on our website: stmarksnspfoundation.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you may have. Again thank you for your continued support and have a blessed holiday season.
The St. Mark’s Foundation welcomes everyone to join us as the Foundation celebrates Foundation Week 2021. As all of us continue to navigate this COVID-virus world, the Foundation board members want to remind everyone that we are continuing our mission to “Carry God’s Word Forward.” Look for the photo boards at church that show some of the recipients the Foundation has given grants to both within the congregation of St. Mark’s Church and throughout the greater community. Foundation board members will be available as ushers, greeters, and to visit with you between services in Rees Hall. There will be treats along with beverages, compliments of the Foundation.
In accordance with IRS guidelines, each year the St. Mark’s Foundation has to file for its non-profit status. The Foundation continues to be a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to conveying the Christian message to people through excellence in worship, education and the building of relationships within St. Mark’s Church, the local community and global missions.
St. Mark’s Foundation is also required by the State of Minnesota to have an independent auditor prepare an audited financial statement of the annual budget. Fiscal year 2020 was successfully completed and submitted on February 15, 2021.
St. Mark’s Foundation continues to promote enduring opportunities for connecting present and future generations by being a place for receipt of gifts and financial bequests; for prudent long-term management of financial assets; and for thoughtful distribution of principal and earned income in manners consistent with the purpose and mission of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Please contact a member of the Foundation Board of Trustees for more information.
Emily Ronsberg, a daughter of the St. Mark’s Church congregation, with assistance from the Foundation in 2019/2020 joined the Young Adults in Global Missions(YAGM) group and spent 7 months serving in several Lutheran Parishes in Rwanda, Africa embracing families and communities with God's love.
The St. Mark’s Church Foundation, founded in 1985, continues to operate as a non-profit organization separate from St. Mark’s Church. During these years, the Foundation has been blessed with donations from members and non-members and as of January 1, 2021, had assets of $159,335.00.
During the past 10 years, we have provided grants totaling $22,734 to individuals, groups and organizations within the church congregation and in outreach to the nearby community and its people. During 2020, grants were awarded to the North St. Paul Area Food Shelf, and two daughters of our congregation, Jeanette Perrault and Emily Ronsberg.
We were successfully audited by an independent account in March and have appropriate checks and balances in place for our financial accounts.
Board Members for 2021 include: President Terry Kapaun, Vice President Craig Sterling, Secretary Barb Michel, Treasurer Tom Michel, Bill Pickett, Steve Linder, Rod Larkins, Paul Ellefson, Linda Kapaun, John Pottratz, Kathy Hanon, and Pastor Mary Froiland. Gerry Duffy is the legal counsel.
The Foundation relies on the generosity of people. Funding is received through direct donations, Thrivent Choice Dollars, Amazon Smile program and employee matching gifts. Gifts can be given at any time, and can be done electronically through the St. Mark’s Church website www.stmarks-nsp.org. Please feel free to contact any of the Board members with questions or comments.
Thank you for visiting the St. Mark’s Foundation website.
In Christ’s service,
Terry Kapaun, President
Are you ready for the holidays? Planning to use Amazon for your shopping needs this Christmas? Remember that when you make purchases on Amazon, you can also be donating to the St. Mark’s Church Foundation. Just use this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3463204 and you will be directed to the site smile.amazon.com where you are automatically asked if you want to support St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Foundation. We hope you say “yes” because then Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the St. Mark’s Foundation. Thank you for your support of the Foundation and its mission to carry God’s Word forward. Please contact a Foundation board member or email the Foundation at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
The St. Mark’s Foundation books for fiscal year 2019 have closed and the Board of Trustees gratefully acknowledges the gifts provided to the Foundation during the past year. Memorials, legacy gifts, donations, Thrivent Choice Dollars, Amazon Smile and employee matching gifts have all contributed to the Foundation’s success for year 2019 and beyond. Without your generosity our ability to successfully support the mission of St. Mark’s wouldn’t be possible.
The Board of Trustees has quarterly open to the public meetings to conduct business. For 2020 the meeting dates are: April 14, June 9, Sept. 8, Nov. 10. Don’t hesitate to attend a meeting if you have a grant requests, comments or questions for the board. Please review our website for more detailed information about the Foundation’s mission and activity.
We are looking forward to having another great year in 2020.
As the annual holiday shopping days quickly approach, you can “Purchase with Purpose” by choosing Smile.Amazon.com when online shopping at Amazon. Every purchase made through Smile.Amazon.com will result in a donation to the St. Mark’s Foundation, helping not only the Foundation but, ultimately many aspects of St. Mark’s Church, its members and the local community by the grants given by the Foundation throughout the year. Just click on the St. Mark’s Amazon Smile page and login and a donation goes to the Foundation on completion of your Amazon purchase. A simple way to help support your friends and neighbors.