Your Gift: Invested in Maranatha

Norman and Alice Lentz had planned to give to Maranatha long before they died just five months apart in 2009 and 2010. When the time came for their children to decide exactly how that gift would be used, however, arriving at that decision required some thought.

“We didn’t know what to give to,” Dennis Lentz said. “John Davis (Maranatha Director of Development) asked us what our parents’ interests were.

“Well, my dad loved to sing, and my mother always enjoyed music. My wife minored in music. My sons both play the violin. Our family has always enjoyed traditional Christian music. John suggested some different projects, but we kept coming back to the piano because it was something that went along with music and something that was going to last.”

Lentz and his sisters, Charlene Kinsey and Jean Werschem, helped purchase a piano. College music students and Piano Prep School students used that piano extensively this year. A plaque on the piano tells those students the instrument was donated in memory of Norman and Alice Lentz.

That piano was just one of many Maranatha campus improvement projects funded by donors during the 2010- 11 school year.

The most visible of those projects was the Burckart Hall renovation. Alumni and friends of Maranatha gave more than $118,000 toward the roughly $250,000 project. Architectural Components Group Inc. of Marshfield, Missouri, donated all of the acoustical wall materials that helped convert Burckart into a first-class recital hall and practice area.

“This was one of the the largest in-kind donations we’ve ever received,” Vice President for Business Affairs Mark Stevens said.

One could see the money from smaller gifts at work all around campus. Students raised money for residence hall improvements through the 24/7 campaign. Maranatha’s three primary fundraising groups—Builders Club, Fine Arts Club, and Crusader Club—also took on some significant projects.

Builders Club helped fund new furniture for the Student Center. Another project was a printer that allows the Communications Department to save money by producing its own brochures and programs. A snowplow blade and brush has made winter snow removal more efficient, providing both savings and a safer campus. The Fine Arts Club helped purchase new plastic resin flooring for the stage, instruments for elementary music instruction, over-the-ear microphones and transmitters for drama productions, and tools for the stage crew. The Crusader Club contributed funds toward video editing software, injury treatment equipment, and updated statistical software for the Sports Information office.

More projects will take place during the summer, thanks to the generosity of Maranatha friends and graduates. The scheduled projects include a new supervisor’s apartment for one of the residence halls and new furniture and windows for another. Friends of the college also help encourage students by contributing toward scholarships.

The newest scholarship at Maranatha is the Dale Goetz Memorial Chaplain Fund, which helps meet the needs of seminary students studying to become military chaplains. The first scholarship fundraiser, the Dale Goetz Memorial Motorcycle Ride, will take place Aug. 6. Privately funded scholarships, often established in honor of a loved one’s memory, helped contribute to more than $10 million in financial aid awarded to Maranatha students during the 2010-11 school year.

You can make an eternal difference and enjoy the blessing of giving today.

  • Make a one-time gift online or by mail.
  • Establish a recurring monthly bank draft.
  • Speak with our Development Office about funding a scholarship or major gift.
  • List Maranatha as a beneficiary in your will and life insurance. What a wonderful way to minister to students through your final offering to the Lord!

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