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In preparation for our Capital Campaign

November 7, 2018
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This week’s post is from our senior minister, Dr. Andy Stoker, regarding next steps leading into our capital campaign. 

For more than 170 years, our building has given us a place and space to grow disciples of Jesus Christ. Now, to continue our legacy of love, and to serve coming generations with the same commitment of those who have gone before us, our space must be renovated and upgraded.

After a majority vote at our Church Conference October 21 to move forward with the renovation and restoration proposal for our historic Education Building, our Board of Trustees is now hard at work finalizing these plans.

Thanks to the diligent work of our Board of Trustees, our staff and layleaders, and the voice of our congregation, we will first focus on expanding and upgrading our children and youth’s education area, adding more flexible Sunday School classroom space. We will execute a multi-purpose vision for our gym, transforming it into creative play space for our children, and alternative lecture, worship and service space for our ministries and community partnerships. All these changes make way for a sorely-needed update to our heating and air conditioning system that serves this portion of our campus.

In addition, this work will facilitate a move for our staff back to the main campus. The current location isolates them from the work of the church, and the work of the church is the people. This move allows for greater work collaboration, and increased connection with our members and guests.

While these changes satisfy practical needs, they are also just one of many ways in which we are fulfilling the larger vision for this church. We are here to grow disciples, connect communities and serve the world, and to walk as living examples of God’s presence and grace in the world – what better way to live into that than to create a space where our children can grow and prepare to proclaim the good news of God for coming generations. We are excited to invest in our youngest disciples, and give them expanded room to thrive.

To fund this renovation, we will launch our Capital Campaign January 6, 2019. Our staff, trustees and campaign lay leaders are now working diligently to prepare, to be in conversation with those who are already considering their gift, and most importantly, to pray for our church, its vision and its ongoing connection to our community. I invite you to pray with us, as we seek to offer a safe sanctuary where we can grow disciples of Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to be prayerful about what your own investment in this campaign may look like.

I am excited by the momentum that is building around these changes, and what it means for the future of this church. I am continually grateful for each of you and your witness in our city.



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