Saint Stephens United Church of Christ is considering a Capital Campaign to Welcome the Future. In addition to our practical needs: replacement of the 95-year-old roof over the sanctuary, updating the wiring and electrical system to meet current codes, a new roof on the parsonage, a new electronic organ to replace our 30+-year-old organ, and renovation of the kitchen and Fellowship Hall, we are also considering possible campaign goals to Welcome the Future and prepare a church that our grandchildren and great grandchildren will be here to tell about. Let us be the ones willing to Welcome the Future with dreams big enough for the generations to come.
Plan to attend a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2018, immediately following 9:00 AM worship to vote on amendments to the 2018 budget and on a resolution to approve the Proposed Capital Campaign.
This vote seeks the blessing to commence a Capital Campaign and to approve a budget for campaign materials and to approve the use of a consultant to guide us through the Campaign, so that we will have the greatest success. We ask all members to please attend to vote on this important issue that will affect the future of our church.
The vote on January 14 will NOT commit our church or our members to a specific dollar amount, but to simply raise as much as we can. At the end of the campaign, based on the funds raised, our church leadership will recommend a final plan to our members at another special congregational meeting before moving forward with a final plan. Upon approval, the Campaign would be conducted from January 15, 2018, to June 15, 2018. Financial commitments sought during that Campaign would then be paid over a five-year period: from 2018 to 2022. Gifts to this proposed Campaign will be above and beyond our weekly contributions to the annual budget.
If you did not attend one of the five Awareness/Education Meetings that were held throughout November and the first week of December, you can view the presentation shown at these gatherings here (in PDF format): Awareness/Education Meeting PowerPoint Presentation.