Pastor Bob's Building Blog
May 18, 2016
This one is not so much about the building as about the Capital Campaign, which will provide the means to do the building work. As I mentioned in my last blog, I will post drawings and floorplans as we have them to show you, so you can get an idea of what we are working on. In addition to the Library window, I have copies posted in the Commons and in the South Foyer. I also welcome your comments and questions.
Two milestones to mention about the Campaign. First, every member of the leadership team has pledged to the Campaign. That is, the Honorary Chairs, the General Chairs, the Cabinet Chairs, and all the Campaign Volunteers have pledged. And me, too. That level of financial commitment echoes our spiritual commitment. Second, we have almost reached our Challenge Goal of $1,200,000; just $8,000 shy. Perhaps your pledge will be the one to push us over the top!
Thank you to all of you who have pledged. You are going above and beyond what could be reasonably expected, to what we hope for in our spiritual lives: high level of commitment and a meaningful, sacrificial dedication. Thank you.
A couple of details. Some of you have asked about the 3-year nature of our pledges, wondering why they are not longer or shorter. Three years seems a reasonable length of time to plan. It is easier to look ahead to the next three years than to the next five. Of course, things can happen. You may receive a promotion or a windfall and give more to the Campaign than you had pledged. Or the reverse may happen. Still, it is more likely that you and I can project what our situation will be from now to 2019 than from now to 2021. And whereas few of us can give a large lump sum now, most of us can manage to give a sacrificial amount every year for the next three years. So three years are better than one, as well as more manageable than five.
Another note: If you write a check to the church for your Capital Campaign gift, be sure to write "Capital Campaign" on the memo line. In fact, it is better to make it a separate check from the one you write for your pledge to the Church's regular work. If you use the direct withdrawal option, be sure Diana Sorenson (our Administrator) knows that, so your gift can be properly credited. And if you wish to give accumulated assets (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), ask Diana for the necessary account numbers to do so.
This program is showing me what I had suspected: you are a dedicated community of faith, strongly committed to Jesus Christ and his Church. Your Church. Thank you for showing your commitment so concretely.