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“As each has received a gift, employ it for one another as good stewards.” (1 Peter 4:10)

The people of First Lutheran have always had a special vision for serving the community and the world. God has blessed our congregation with talents, gifts, dedication and caring. For this we are truly thankful! We take seriously our stewardship responsibility and the use of these and other gifts both for the present and for future generations.

The First Lutheran Endowment Fund provides a unique and lasting stewardship vehicle for people to express gratitude to God for the blessings they have received.

The First Lutheran Church Endowment Fund is a separate fund established by a special resolution adopted by the congregation on December 13, 1987.

The Endowment Fund receives gifts of cash, securities, life insurance and real estate, oversees the administration and investment of such funds as an endowment in perpetuity and distributes the income for religious, educational and charitable purposes.

The Fund enhances the ministries of First Lutheran Church.

Please consider the Endowment Fund in your will or as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. This allows the gift you make to continue supporting our First Lutheran family and the community to carry on the ministry you believe in.

You can send your contribution to First Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 1551 South 70th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68506.

The 2024 Endowment Fund Board

(Year indicates end of term)

Ann Carlson (2024)
Steve Doolittle (2024)
Tracy Way (2024)
Karen Peppmuller (2025)
Madalyn Popken (2025)

Endowment Fund Disburses $18,250 in 2023

In 2023, the Endowment Fund disbursed $18,250 in the following ways:

Education – $9,000.00 (49.31%)

  • Ten scholarships at $900 each to First Lutheran scholarship applicants

Outreach – $4,000.00 (21.92%)

  • First Lutheran Pastor’s Discretionary Fund – $2,000.00
  • Las Abejitas Scholarship – $500.00 (A grant from the Immanuel Foundation for Las Abejitas scholarships was completed. As a part of that application, the Endowment Board voted to give $500.00 for Las Abejitas scholarships.)
  • Center for People – $500.00 (The funds will be used to purchase assorted drugs/medicines and other health related supplies, as well as assorted educational materials in Sinoe County, Republic of Liberia.)

Missions of the ELCA – $5,250.00 (28.77%)

  • WELCA (quilts) – $750.00 (The funds will be used to purchase batting for our Lutheran World Relief quilts.)
  • Nebraska Synod – $1,500.00 (The funds will be used to help fund several special projects to maintain and expand the Synod archives, which will preserve the Lutheran history in Nebraska.)
  • Lutheran Disaster Relief Middle East Crisis – $1,000.00
  • ELCA World Hunger – $1,000.00
  • Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries – $1,000.00 (The funds will go toward the Seminary Scholarship Endowment.)
  • The Liberian Dream Foundation – $1,000.00

Thank you to all who gave a contribution to the Endowment Fund in 2023. Your money is at work in the lives of our neighbors right here in Lincoln, throughout Nebraska, and around the world!

College Scholarship Opportunity

The First Lutheran Endowment Fund College scholarship application process this year is again going to include the application itself and a “Meet and Greet”. Click here for the application. Any First Lutheran member planning to attend college during the 2024-2025 academic year is eligible to apply. The application will count 75% and the “Meet and Greet” will count 25% towards your total number of points. To receive the full amount available, applicants need to complete both the application and participate in the “Meet and Greet”. The applications are due by midnight on February 17 and the “Meet and Greet” will be held on March 24 at 7:00 PM. If you are unable to attend in person, a Zoom appointment will be made for April 2 at 7:00 PM. No late applications will be accepted.


Saturday | 5:30pm
Sunday | 8:15am
Sunday | 10:45am
Sunday | 12:00pm (Nuer Worship)

Office Hours

Monday-Friday | 8:30am – 4:30pm



1551 South 70th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

(click the map for driving directions)