Capital Campaign 2016
Together in Faith With Grateful Hearts: Thank You!
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Capital Campaign Questions & Answers
1. Why are we doing a capital campaign?
The purpose of a capital campaign is to raise funds for facility enhancements and ministries that are not included in the yearly operating budget. The Together in Faith with Grateful Hearts Capital Campaign will help fund this vision.
2. Does our church community support moving forward with a campaign?
A few months ago, St. Martin’s by-the-Lake enlisted a fundraising consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study. All members were asked to participate through interviews and surveys. The firm compiled results and applied their professional experience to determine that our parish has the capacity to complete a successful campaign. The study found that many are willing to volunteer and over 80% of participants would make a gift or consider making a gift, indicating broad support.
3. What is the campaign goal and how long will it last?
The feasibility study estimate indicated that the parish has an ability to raise $500,000 over a three-year period. In order to fund all of the initiatives we have set a goal to raise $700,000 payable over a three-year period. An education process and community-wide conversation will begin immediately and continue throughout the next couple of months. Pledge cards will be distributed and collected in May. Every member will be invited to volunteer for the campaign and make a three-year pledge above and beyond their regular giving.
4. What will be accomplished through the campaign and how much does it cost?
Below is a brief description of the campaign initiatives and approximate cost. More information will be distributed in the next couple of months.
•Create a Youth and Family Ministry Fund - $150,000
For St. Martin’s by-the-Lake to fully embrace its mission to serve our Youth and Families, and to be a viable Church community, funding a dedicated staff Youth and Family Minister for the future is necessary. Our current budget is not expected to cover the cost of this position, but a financial investment from this Campaign will make it possible to support this position for years to come.
•Enhance Organ and Sound System
1)Our J. F. Nordlie Organ, was built for the Church’s 100th Anniversary in 1988. The instrument is tired, and in fact has a number of serious material defects. It is standard practice to restore an organ of this age; ours is in need of a major renovation and restoration. - $59,175.00
2)In addition, the sound system for our Sanctuary was never fully completed during the last Church building project, and requires an expansion and update with newer technology. – Cost TBD
•Update Our Building – This includes:
1)Restoring the front fascia of the original Camp Memorial Chapel and the Sam Cook gable entrance. - $45,160
2)Repaving both main and upper parking lots. - $55,000
•Eliminate the Mortgage Debt to St. Martin’s Foundation - Loan Balance $367,962.98
The St. Martin’s Foundation was created to support the mission of the church. It is a separate legal entity established to fund our outreach efforts, the Byrd Fund, new ministries, and strategic initiatives benefiting St. Martin’s. The Foundation loaned money to the church in 2008 in order to refinance our mortgage at a lower interest rate. Paying off the loan and eliminating the mortgage debt will allow St. Martin's to sustain our mission. Foundation financials, meeting minutes, by-laws and mission statements are located in the church office.
5. Is our parish large enough to cover the cost of the campaign initiatives?
Given the feasibility study projections, we are confident that St. Martin’s can complete most or all of the campaign initiatives. Rather than a challenge, our church leadership sees the upcoming campaign as an opportunity to engage our membership and remind each of us that all things are possible through Christ.
6. If the campaign initiatives aren’t important to me personally, why should I support this effort?
St. Martin’s serves as a “conduit” or extension of our individual faith life. As members, we are part of an extended family which is called upon to actively support an array of worship, education, social outreach, fellowship programs and activities. As a family member each of us provides visible and tangible support and encouragement for all needs within the family, not just those that are important to us. This is the expectation of discipleship in following our Lord.
7. Is this the right time to conduct a campaign?
There is never an ideal time to conduct a campaign due to the economy’s constant ebb and flow, but we must always be considering ways in which to enhance our facilities and ministries to remain a vibrant church.
8. Who will be asked to participate?
Each member will be provided the same campaign information and every household will be asked to participate through giving and volunteering. Not everyone can make the same size gift, but everyone has an ability to make a prayerful commitment. Following the member phase of this campaign, we will also reach out to St. Martin’s visitors and guests.
9. How can I learn more about this campaign?
The church will keep you informed throughout the next couple of months through worship announcements, mail, e-mail and other forms of communication. We will also hold various gatherings and forums to offer opportunities for questions and answers.
Bob & Polly McCrea
Blyth Berg Brookman
Rev. David Mowers
Rev. David Langille, ex officio