Cascadia District Church Extension Society

What is the Cascadia District Church Extension Society?

The Cascadia District Church Extension Society exists to provide financial and strategic assistance to churches in our district wanting to improve their facilities, strengthen their existing ministries, or to start a new ministry that can reach new people.

Funds for the work of the Extension Society are provided by district churches through paying their CDCES Asking, through the sale of District properties, and through investment gains on these funds.

Cascadia  District congregations are eligible to apply for grants for new or expanding ministries and programs, and for loans for use in building, maintenance, and capital improvement projects.  For more information see the General Information for Grant and Loan Requests 

New requests will next be considered at the Cascadia District CES Board meeting in April 2019.

2019 Meeting Schedule

January 24, 2019 at MICAH Building, 680 State St., Salem, OR

April 24, 2019 - at MICAH Building, 680 State St., Salem, OR

June 25, 2019 - at Marquam UMC, 36971 S Highway 213, Mt Angel, OR 

October 10, 2019 - location to be determined

Annual Meeting - Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 - Salem





Grant-Loan Application Forms

CDCES Loan Application, Word doc

CDCES Loan Application, fillable .pdf

New or Expanding Ministry Grant Application Word doc

New or Expanding Ministry Grant Application, fillable .pdf


Cascadia District CES Contacts

Carol Douthit, President, Cascadia District CES Board and Project Manager for applications

Marlene Tharp, Vice President, Cascadia District CES Board

Steven Kershaw, Treasurer Cascadia District CES

Fred Douthit, Secretary, Cascadia District CES Board

Cascadia District CES Board Members:

    Dan Pitney

    Doug Tharp, Endowment Coordinator


Frequently Asked Questions 

Where does the Cascadia District CES obtain their funding?
We are funded through an “asking” requested of all Cascadia  District Churches through the Conference Treasurer’s office, and through investment interest and dividends. In addition, we invite individuals throughout the district to join our $50 Club.

Who Belongs to Cascadia District CES?
Membership consists of the Bishop, Cascadia District Superintendent, District Lay Leader, all pastors serving in the District, and the lay leader plus one additional lay member from each congregation. The role of both the pastor and lay members of each congregation is to act as a liaison between the Cascadia District Extension Society and the local church, to be knowledgeable about sources and type of support available, and to attend the annual meeting of the society which is held each Fall.

Who serves on the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors are elected by the society membership at the annual meeting, typically in October. Each director serves a three year term and may be re-elected. Directors are nominated by the board with consideration given to maintaining a balance between clergy and laity.

You can download the By-Laws of the CDCES here.




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