Maxwell Ebenezer Lutheran Church gets grant from Bluebonnet, LCRA


Left to right:First row- Lori Berger, LCRA Board member; Katherine Blackard; Suzette Duesterheft; Joyce Buckner, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representative; State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt; Tom Bonnd; Hondo Powell, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representativeSecond row- Rick Arnic, LCRA representative; Joyce Hagedorn; Karen Rankin, LCRA representative; Pam Sagebiel; Charlene Spillmann; Evelyn Schmidt; Suzy Simmons; Betty Duesterheft; Rick Schmidt, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Board ChairmanThird row- Sherrill Schulle; Dave Studer; Clarence Schulle; Pastor Craig Sagebiel; Bruce Germer

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority awarded the Maxwell Ebenezer Lutheran Church a $25,000 community development grant, which will help pay for energy-efficient heating and cooling systems in the church's Community, Fellowship, and Education building annex.

"We are honored to receive this grant from the LCRA and Bluebonnet," said Suzette Duesterheft, spokesperson for Ebenezer Lutheran Church. "We will be good stewards of this gift that will help us meet the needs of the citizens of Maxwell and other rural communities in Central Texas. We greatly appreciate Bluebonnet's and LCRA's generosity and continued support."

The Ebenezer Lutheran Community, Fellowship and Education annex building is located on existing church property. It will have one large open space for community meetings, parties, receptions and other public functions, classrooms, a kitchen and restrooms. Additionally, it will contain energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and higher rated insulation.

State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), who represents Caldwell County in the Texas Legislature, was at the grant presentation. Kleinschmidt and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), who represents part of Caldwell County in Congress, supported Ebenezer's grant application.

"Ebenezer Lutheran Church has been serving the community of Maxwell for more than 125 years," Kleinschmidt said. "This grant from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the LCRA will help to build a much-needed facility for the church to continue its spiritual mission and for the community to use for a wide variety of purposes. This is a great example of what makes Central Texas a special place, and I'm honored to represent such wonderful folks."

This community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA's electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA's effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA's 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

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