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 

Click on the picture below to see a video reporting on some of the grants and loans given out this past year.  It is inspiring!  Click here for a full list of grants and loans.

What is God calling your church to do in your community?  How could the Extension Society help? Contact us to talk about it! 

Video link - map of Oregon





Annual Meeting 

November 8, 2020 @ 2 p.m. via Zoom

You can see a recording of the Zoom meeting by clicking here and using the Access Passcode: viewmtg1120#

Cesie Delve Scheuermann's presentation about grant writing to get positive results begins at 54:47 in the video!

Click here to see the minutes from the meeting.



Grant-Loan Application Forms

CDCES Loan Application, Word doc

CDCES Loan Application, fillable .pdf (download and save to your computer before completing)

New or Expanding Ministry Grant Application Word doc

New or Expanding Ministry Grant Application, fillable .pdf  (download and save to your computer before completing)

Grant or loan applications are requested 2 weeks prior to a scheduled Board meeting so that the board members can review ahead of time.  

See Cesie Delve Scheuermann's advice about how to write your application for best results in this video:  And click here for a page to help you take notes!

Meeting Schedule

April 22nd, 9:00am

July 15th, 9:00am

October 7th, 9:00am

Meetings will be via Zoom until further notice

Applications for grants or loans are due 2 weeks prior to a meeting to allow time for review. 

Applications to be considered should be submitted to

by April 8, 2021 for the April 22 meeting
by July 1, 2021 for the July 15 meeting

by Sept. 23, 2021 for the October 7 meeting

Cascadia District CES Contacts

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

Marlene Tharp, Vice President, Cascadia District CES Board

Becky CareySecretary, Cascadia District CES Board

Paula Sadler, Treasurer, Cascadia District CES Board

Cascadia District CES Board Members:

    Fred Douthit 

    Clay Andrew

    Cesie Delve Scheuermann

    Michael Benischek

    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. 

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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