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Envision Board Announces 2015 Grants

May 20, 2015

The Envision Board is pleased to share details of the projects funded for 2015.

Development of a Church Property Master Plan

The goal of this project is to establish a master plan which includes design concepts for use by those proposing projects for the church property.  The intention is to provide an esthetic, welcoming appearance to the church, to encourage well-planned and coordinated use and to minimize the environmental impact of the property.  A “blueprint” will be developed utilizing the expertise of a professional landscape designer. The sponsors of this project are Susan Hutton and Ron Gunderson.  The project will receive $6,100 over 2 years.

Institute of Worship, Preaching and Sacred Arts

This project will help establish a collaborative learning environment where clergy, musicians, scholars and lay people can refresh their theological understanding of worship through the unique lens of the African American religious experience. The Institute of Worship, Preaching and Sacred Arts is being developed by the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, of which our minister, Ken Kovacs, is a board member. It will construct and offer unique on-line courses which are expected to be available to CPC members. This project was submitted by Crystal M. Cherry of the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.  Rev. Dr. Ken Kovacs is the CPC sponsor.  The project will receive $5,000.

Lazarus Caucus Resource Room Support

The goal of this project is to provide supplemental support to guests of the West Side Shelter. They are in need of assistance with items such as clothing and bus tokens which are necessary   in their search for meaningful employment and reintegration into the community.  The sponsor of this project is Andrea Ratajaczak, of the Lazarus Caucus.  Sheri Comisac is the CPC sponsor. The project will receive $8,000.

Reestablishment of a Welcoming Traditional Cribbery

The goal of this project is to reestablish a traditional cribbery for children from birth to walking.  A specialized, age appropriate area with easy access for parents to slip in and out of during worship to attend to the needs of these infants will be provided. It will supplement the current child care options.  The project will receive $4,650 over 2 years and was submitted by Julie Oaks Jones.

Screening and Management of Insulin and Non-insulin Dependent Diabetes in the City of Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo

The focus of this project is to provide early detection and treatment of diabetes in 20 churches served by the Christian Medical Institute of Kasai (IMCK). This will be accomplished by providing education, screening and treatment to members of these church communities.  The project was submitted by Bernard Kibibu Bimvulu of the Christian Medical Institute of Kasai. The CPC sponsor is Vickie Lord. The project will receive $12,379 over 2 years.

Swet Barah Higher Secondary School Renovation, Nepal

This school is part of the Santi School Project which CPC has supported for more than 10 years. This project will repair and complete construction of the Swet Barah Higher Secondary School in Nepal.  The school was never finished and was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake.  The proposal was submitted by Laura Parkhurst, board member of the Santi School Project and sponsored by Maureen Parkhurst, CPC member. The project will receive $17,251 over 2 years.