1. Allow our annual giving in 2012 to reach the level of excellence that is present in our worship, nurture, ministry, fellowship, and outreach. We do so many things well; we want to excel also in the grace of giving. If we do, then we will not need to use reserve funds for a deficit annual income. (In fact, through the first half of 2011, no reserve funds have been used for annual funding.)
2. Pay for critically needed building repairs and deferred maintenance over a two-year period. To continue to minister as we believe we are called to do, we must secure our building as a safe and dependable platform for ministry. The cost of building repairs and restoration is $500,000, which will pay for the following:
- Replacing the roof
- Stopping a leak in the foundation
- Upgrading restrooms for accessibility
- Renovating the kitchen
- Repairing the Great Hall floor
Another goal of the Here for Life Campaign is that our own faith will be renewed and strengthened for a powerful witness in this new century.
We acknowledge all that we have in common and remember that our common life together is far greater than our different perspectives.
We realize the important role our church serves as an option for considered faith and a platform to pursue justice for all God’s creation.
We have a sound, safe, and dependable building for ministry delivery.
All these goals are within our reach. Even if the economy and the market are not cooperative, together with God’s help, we can reach our goals. Civic and nonprofit organizations are moving forward, asking people to invest in their causes. Should we do any less than they? After all, we are part of something ancient and lasting, which God has given that we might have life. This building is worth our care and support, and we are a generous congregation.