God has big plans for our church! We have the opportunity to serve Christ by building up our church and community for generations to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do we make a commitment?
You can make your commitment online today by clicking the button below:
Will we have enough money to do everything proposed in the Master Plan?
We do not know! Our goal is still to implement the Master Plan as presented – but we need to develop a better understanding of detailed construction and deferred maintenance costs with the help of engineering studies and architectural plans. Furthermore, significant financial commitments are still being made. Once we have more accurate costs in hand, and knowledge of additional campaign contributions, the Session will propose an exciting -- but fiscally responsible -- plan that will be phased, if necessary.
When will we vote on the final construction plan?
We expect the research to be completed and for the congregation to vote no later than May 31, 2019 so work can commence on schedule in Fall 2019.
Why is everything taking so long? Why can’t we start construction right now?
This past year, we deliberately decided to take our time to seek funding so that everyone in the congregation had a chance to participate. A remarkable 460 households have made commitments to financial support so far. The design, scope and permitting process will take a further 12-14 months. We anticipate a construction project breaking ground in the Fall of 2019 and finishing by late Spring 2021.
Can we start ANY projects earlier than September 2019?
Yes! We intend to begin smaller projects that do not require permits as soon as possible.
Do we have a project manager/team?
Yes! We’ve established our professional and volunteer oversight. Our staff lead is Facilities Director Diane Stewart, who is also a licensed architect. Our Capital Project Steering Committee (CPSC) has been working with Diane for the last nine months, and recently hired Capital Projects Management (CPM), who will serve as our Owner’s Representative. CPM will assist us throughout construction as the liaison between the church and the architects, engineers and construction contractors.
How will we be informed over the next 6-9 months?
We’ll have quarterly Q/A Sessions as well as updating you through mail, email and the website. We’re excited to share news with you! Save the date for future Capital Project Q&A Sessions:
- Sunday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Elson Parlor
- Sunday, January 27 at 12:15 p.m. in Elson Parlor
- Sunday, March 31 at 12:15 p.m. in Elson Parlor
Will we borrow money to complete this project?
Our intention is to have a final project that is accomplished with no long term debt. We do anticipate obtaining a bridge loan at some point after construction begins. Any loans required would need to be approved by the congregation.
What can we do to help?
Pray! Give thanks for our donors. Pray for new donors. Pray for our staff. Pray for our Capital Project volunteers. Pray for discernment as we hire architects, contractors, and consultants. Pray they are the right people to lead us. And, most importantly, pray that the improvements to our facilities will be a blessing to our church family and enable us to better share the good news of Jesus Christ.
A Prayer for our Capital Campaign
Gracious God, our Creator and Giver of all that we have and are, for this Capital Campaign and beyond, we are profoundly grateful for the blessings and grace that you bestow on us. Our heart’s desire is that your will be done. We ask for your guidance as we seek to serve you with the time, talents, and treasure you have given us. With joyful and generous hearts we pray for unity and boldness. May we discern wisely how best to follow you and act imaginatively as we pass on the message of your boundless grace, love, and peace throughout our church, community, and world. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.