- What is “Beyond the Walls?”
- Why are we in a campaign?
- What is included in the project?
- What are the benefits?
- What will all this cost?
- What are the goals of the campaign?
- Who are the campaign leaders?
- What will I be asked to do?
- Will my gift be confidential?
- What types of gifts are given?
- When will I make my commitment?
- What else do I need to know?
- Are we going to hear a lot about money?
- What if I have other questions?
- What can I do to help?
“Beyond the Walls” is the title of our capital stewardship campaign. This campaign is seeking to raise gifts and three-year commitments that are over and above our regular tithes and offerings.
We are raising funds to pay for a new building on land bought from the seminary for one dollar. By raising additional money, we are able to protect our budgeted programs, ministries and mission initiatives. We will also save a tremendous amount of money in interest costs by not borrowing the amounts that we raise.
We will be renovating the existing Fellowship Hall into a state of the art youth center. We will also be building a new building that includes a new and larger fellowship hall, 14 classrooms and two conference rooms.
Renovation of the existing fellowship hall into a youth center will provide the youth with their one space in our facilities for the first time. Building more classrooms and a larger fellowship hall means we can provide the space needed for existing and new members, along with individuals who are participating in church activities.
Total cost of the project is estimated to be $3 million.
The primary goal is that the campaign experience will renew our faith in Christ and re-energize our service through the church’s many ministries and missions. A secondary goal is that our unique faith heritage will be passed on to our children and youth and shared with the community in which we worship, witness, and minister. Our financial goals are: 1)Foundation Goal: $2 million 2)Beyond Goal: $2.5 million.
The campaign’s steering committee is chaired by Mitch and Anne Packett and George and Joan Braswell. Gene and Kim Cross are Campaign Managers, James Warren and Jimmy and Hollie Hicks are Advance Commitment Team Leaders.
You will be asked to pray about your gift and respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading in determining the amount and method of your gift. You may give an outright gift or make a commitment to give over a three-year period, beginning in December, 2013.
Every gift and commitment will be confidential. Once members complete their commitment cards, they will place them in privacy envelopes that will only be opened by the church’s financial secretary.
Members can choose how best to give the commitment that God has led them to make. Cash is the most common gift. However, stocks, mutual fund shares, real estate, life insurance policies and personal property can also be given. The campaign’s gift acceptance policy will apply to all non-cash gifts.
Those who choose to can make their commitment early at a time to be announced. Contact the church office if you would like to commit early. The congregation will bring their commitments to church on Commitment Sunday, designated as November 24, 2013.
In October, adults and youth will engage in a Bible study on generosity. Special Sundays in October and November will include sermons, stories, and prayers focused on “Beyond the Wall.” This emphasis is designed to help us answer the question, “What is my part?”
Money is a part of our lives, but only a part. We will consider together the role that God desires to play in our lives, our values, and our priorities. We are asked to prayerfully endeavor to give a gift that has value and meaning that is far greater than the amount of money involved.
You may write your question on the blank index card included in this packet and turn it in at the church office. If you would like a direct response, please sign the card and provide your phone number. Also, please watch for several items that will come to your home in the mail: Campaign Newsletters and an Invitation to a campaign event on Sunday, November 24.
Prayer is the first work we do. Our campaign also has work that requires hands, feet, and voices. The more people who volunteer, the lighter the workload for everyone. Also, the more involved a congregation becomes in its campaign, the greater the results that are achieved. If you have not yet been asked to help, contact Gene or Kim Cross, Campaign Managers, and they will help you find what works best for you to do.