Kingdom Giving Update December 2, 2016
Sheila Jessen named new Office Coordinator, BFI Scholarships Applications Opens, new Savings Rates Announced for December, and  Starting Point Church has a new permanent home for Christmas.
Thanks to Sheila...Welcome Sheila
Yes, that's right.   Sheila Odle (featured in the fall Kingdom Giving Newsletter) will be retiring this month.  She's done a great job and will be missed.

Sheila Jessen (photo at right) joins our team as the new Office Coordinator this Monday, December 5th.  She's a member of First Baptist Church of Chatham, IL and comes to us having worked in the Public Affairs department of the SIU School of Medicine here in Springfield.  She can be reached at  Welcome Sheila!  
Starting Point has a new "permanent home" for Christmas
On Thursday, December 1st, BFI transferred to the Starting Point Community Church property they have been "space sharing" from the Foundation this past year.  The church building was the home of the Lamon Avenue Baptist Church.  Payments from the Starting Point Church will fund a Legacy Fund for Lamon, supporting Church Planting and other ministries in the church's name on a ongoing basis.  

At right, trustees John Paul Moring and Stephen Has prepare to execute the loan documents while Pastor Jonathan De La O and his wife Emely look on.
BFI Scholarship Applications are now being received at  The deadline for scholarship applications and all supplemental materials is midnight on January 31st, 2017.
  • Associates' Students are $1,000
  • Bachelors $2,000
  • Seminary $175/credit hour up to 15 hours/year
It is estimated that BFI will award approximately $78,000 in scholarship awards during the upcoming year.

At left, 2016 recipient Kayla Casey is presented a scholarship from BFI Trustee Steve Hull.  Kayla is now a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
BFI has updated is Savings Rates for December.   Our Custodial Funds Abstract can be downloaded here.
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