Building & Capital Campaign Committee Update October 2012
We have great news! Thanks to all of you who made a financial commitment to our Building Faith, Generation after Generation Capital Campaign we will be able to expand the mission of our church to better learn, serve and share the Gospel through our facilities upgrade. We have had record participation with over 60% of Faith households making financial commitments. We have exceeded our campaign goal of $800.000.00 with $804,308.00 pledged to date. Congratulations Faith members! If you have not yet made a commitment, there is still time and still need for your participation in this exciting plan.
The Capital Campaign Committee, on behalf of the entire congregation, would also like to offer special recognition and a huge thank you to Paul and Sheila Steiner who have offered a financial gift over and above their regular pledge to the capital campaign. Paul and Sheila’s gift assures that our facilities renovation and expansion will be implemented in one complete project. There still may be the need to delay some finishing touches to our plan. None-the-less, without their gift our expansion would have been spread out over multiple phases over multiple years with the inherent risk of not ever achieving completion.
From all of us at Faith, “Thank you, Paul and Sheila!"
Capital Campaign Update September 2012
In early August, you received a sealed envelope from one of the campaign home visitors for the Capital Campaign Building Faith - Generation after Generation pledge. If you were unavailable during the delivery times, the envelope was mailed to your home. A pledge to the Capital Campaign will help our congregation continue to build and nurture the experience of community, update our facilities to provide a setting in which we pass on our beliefs, values, and teachings to future generations, and continue the effective mission and ministry we have at Faith!
If you haven't already turned in your pledge card, please drop it off in the church office, place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning, or mail it to church. We ask for you to return the pledge card even if you are unable to make a pledge at this time. Once the pledge cards are received, the results of the Capital Campaign will be announced. We thank you for your past and present generosity to support Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church with our capital campaign.
Capital Campaign Update August 2012
This month, you received the Capital Campaign informational brochure and we hope it gives you the needed information regarding the anticipated changes to our church buildings. Campaign Calling Committee volunteers have recruited church members to be home visitors to deliver campaign pledge cards. Thank you to all of you who volunteered. On Sunday, August 5th, the home visit volunteers will be delivering a sealed envelope to each church members homes between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The envelope contains a pledge card, a return envelope, and a confidential guideline which will assist you in the decision making process for making a gift to the Building Faith Generation after Generation Capital Campaign. We ask that you take the time to pray over our decision. On Sunday, August 12th the same volunteer will return to pick up your pledge card enclosed in a sealed return envelope. If you are not home on Sunday your pledge card will be mailed to you. Please return your card to the church by Sunday, Aug 12. Even if you are unable to support the Capital Campaign at this time, please return the card to the church office. This will save our campaign committee and you from the follow-up phone calls.
Capital Campaign Update July 2012
During the month of June, the Capital Campaign held a Calling Committee orientation and these volunteers are calling all members of our congregation to recruit home visitors. As a home visitor, you will be simply delivering a sealed envelope to approximately 5 households of the congregation on Sunday, August 5th, and pick up those envelopes the following Sunday, August 12th. Please consider being a home visitor when called. The committee also held a second informational gathering on Sunday, June 24th. On this same Sunday, the honorary committee chairs, Ivar and Janet Johnson, were recognized during the service. Please watch your mailbox for a brochure giving additional information about the campaign.
Capital Campaign Update June 2012
The Capital Campaign Leadership team continues to meet, plan and prepare for a successful campaign. Calling Committee team members were recruited and an orientation session for them will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 PM. Soon you may receive a phone call from one of the Calling Committee team members asking you to become a visitor for the campaign. Each visitor will be asked to simply deliver sealed envelopes to approximately five households of the congregation on Sunday, August 5th and pick the envelopes up the following Sunday, August 12th. This task should only take about one hour of your time on each Sunday. You will be fully trained on how to make these
contacts, and the best part is you will not have to ask people for money! In fact, if everyone in the congregation volunteers, each person would only have to make one call! (And I
guarantee it would be someone you know personally.) The success of this campaign depends on our ability to visit all members.
An important event is coming up on June 24th when we will be recognizing our Honorary Chairs – Ivar and Janet Johnson at the 9:00 AM service . After the service, an informational gathering will be held giving you a chance to ask questions and get updated information on the Capital Campaign and Building Project.
Capital Campaign Q & A - April 29, 2012
We were very pleased with the number of people who attended the Informational Meeting and those who brought forward the following questions, concerns and suggestions. We hope that you gained more knowledge regarding the plans for the expansion of the Sanctuary and the remodeling of the Education building. We will have 2 more Informational Meetings following the Worship Services on June 24th and July 22nd.
The following items are suggestions, concerns or questions raised with response or plan of action.
- Dishwasher – can we get a commercial dishwasher for new kitchen so we aren’t a throw-away church?
Answer: This will be turned over to the Building Committee to consider for the new kitchen. We are also using the last of the Styrofoam products and will now use recyclable paper
- Stain Glass windows – can we use the stain glass windows in storage?
Answer: This will be turned over to the Building Committee for their consideration when working with the architect on the design of the new building.
Parking and Traffic Flow:
- Fellowship after 8:00 service – how will parking work if people stay for fellowship and people are coming for 9:00 Worship Service?
Could we begin Fellowship at 7:30 a.m.?
Could we begin 1st Worship service at 7:45?
Could we have 2 Worship Services – 8:15 and 10:00?
Answer: We acknowledge all concerns and suggestion and are looking at options to best facilitate all items listed.
4. Education Building Back Door – could we put a “curve-in” pick up space in parking lot by Education Building
so people picking up kids can get out of main traffic pattern?
Answer: This will be brought to the Building Committee’s attention to see if it is a feasible option.
5. Traffic Flow – how will traffic flow around the church and out of the church parking lot?
Answer: We will start trying out different traffic flow patterns in the near future to figure out the best flow and
to show neighbors we are serious about improving parking and traffic flow.
6. Wetland Parking Lot – Could we expand the Parking Lot in the area across Waconia Parkway that is owned by
Answer: This will be brought to the Building Committee’s attention to access the possibilities.
7. Water run-off area behind Education Building – could we put more parking spaces there?
Answer: We would need to address this with the City.
8. How many more classrooms will there be? We currently have 12 classrooms and 1 Youth room.
Answer: The current plan has 21 classrooms. The original plan was 18.
9. Sunday School times offered at 9:00 and 10:30. Will we limit the number of kids at each time slot to even out
Answer: Yes, 9:00 is almost full. 10:30 has 21 families signed up so far.
10. Education building – did we budget for more than just paint and carpeting or are we able to repair or replace items such as cabinets, fixtures, etc.?
Answer: The Building Committee is looking at many renovations to this building which
include paint, carpeting, window, etc.
11. How much money does each family need to contribute to this Campaign to make it successful?
Answer: Each family is asked to give a sacrificial gift to the best of their ability – “Not equal gifts but equal sacrifice” by all members will lead us to a successful campaign.
12. Is the committee concerned about giving being down as stated in a recent letter to members?
Answer: We have a history of peaks and valleys in our revenues throughout the year, but in the past few
years we have been able to meet the financial needs of Faith Lutheran.
13. Bike Rack – can we get a bike rack?
Answer: There is a bike rack outside the front entrance of the Education Building.
14. Pastor Brandy’s bookshelf
Don Check offered to disassemble and move to her new office.
Further questions and suggestions can be e-mailed to BuildingFaith@rocketmail.com The Capital Campaign committee members will respond to your e-mail.
Ron Christenson, Chuck Dueber, Ross Hanson, Karen Kirby, Tami Rogers, Steve Smith and Marcia Willmsen