In 2021, we celebrated an exciting milestone, as LLL reached 100 years of serving the Lutheran Church community, our supporters and the Lutheran mission in Australia. To thank the community and to share our appreciation for their support over the century, LLL reached out to congregations to offer them the opportunity to apply for one of 40 LLL 100 Year Anniversary Grants, worth $2,500 each.
The grants were aimed at supporting specific church projects that would inspire and cultivate mission-based community engagement and togetherness.
We were overwhelmed by the number of grant applications we received from congregations across our nation, aiming to rekindle a sense of community and bring people back together after the social disconnect of COVID-19 restrictions.
LLL awarded the grants in December 2021, with some congregations using the funding to perform much-needed maintenance on their facilities, benefiting all members.
Others used the funds to improve connections within their community through engagement opportunities, activities, and initiatives – or in other words, mission work.
Some of the community engagement included providing live music, hosting community lunches and partaking in thanksgiving services. One congregation held a Hawaiian-themed community evening.
Other congregations undertook site improvements, including improving signage, foyer upgrades, prayer labyrinths, garden improvements, upgrades to IT and Wifi and technology purchases – allowing many to reach a wider community to share the word of God.
Some Lutheran congregations are still using their funding on projects, with more still coming to fruition. We thank the congregations for putting their grants to good use and for growing a stronger sense of community with those around them.
The LLL prides itself on providing savings accounts that are simple to operate, with a variable interest rate and no fees or charges. The LLL has a variety of savings accounts: personal and joint accounts; guardian accounts for children; and business accounts, including for self-managed super funds and not-for-profit organisations.
As an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI), the LLL is regulated under the Banking Act and by APRA.