OUR GOAL: $10,000
Being a church without a building, our overhead
costs have lessened considerably. We are renting
downtown office space and pay a token amount for
weekly use of the worship facilities at the local
Catholic church. As with any organization, the bulk
of our operating costs support personnel, (and in
our case, the staff consists of one full-time pastor).
We are a generous congregation, and, despite the
economic downturn, the decline of the mainline
church, and the extra hardship of demolishing a
beloved building, our current ministry needs would
be met with $1,000 per month in extra donations.
True to our call to ministry and the vision for a new
building, we are also a congregation committed to
mission: we ask our members to tithe (pledge a
percentage of their income) and pledge at least 10% of our annual budget to ministry
beyond our own church programs. Thank you for supporting our ongoing ministry!
Above: This stained-glass window was part of our former church building and will be
installed in the new church.
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WILLS & BEQUESTS
OUR GOAL: $500,000
Past bequests from members and non-members
that were set-aside in a “rainy day” fund allowed
the congregation to make difficult decisions
regarding our old church building before seeking
pledges to build new. However, such estate
gifts to First Presbyterian Church have
historically been a pleasant surprise, both in
terms of the decision to designate and the
amount. We are gingerly approaching our
members about including the church in their
wills, offering generous pro bono legal expertise
in changing or adding beneficiaries. We hope
that the resulting financial wherewithal will allow
our church to make the next sweeping change
that will be necessary in adapting to an ever-
changing spiritual landscape. Our new building
is designed for just such an eventuality.
Including our church in your "planned giving"
will help us to be financially prepared, as well.
OUR GOAL: $200,000
The journey towards our new building has proceeded on three parallel tracks:
1. Preparing our 3 lots on Avon Avenue for new construction
2. Working with an architect and local contractors to design a multi-functional facility
3. Generating finances through pledges, grants, and loans that will allow us to build soon, while keeping us solvent in making mortgage payments
over the coming years
We have received a solid estimate of $577,000 for the entire project, which we intend to finance with a succession of 3-year pledge drives at
$200,000 each. Our church has no current debt — a testimony to the generosity of former members, granting us the freedom to envision a future.
We have challenged our current membership to dig deep: Not daring anyone to put themselves at risk but inviting everyone to give, at whatever
level they can afford, to underwrite a center of ministry and community activity that will serve the City of Phillips for years to come. We are hopeful
that designated gifts from outside the congregation will speed up the loan process and lower our monthly mortgage. Consistent with our challenge
to member families in the congregation, ten percent of the funds our church receives through the Capital Campaign will be given to the ministry of
the larger church. We believe God is already providing! (Please Note: Donation of stocks, annuities, real estate, or gifts-in-kind are encouraged.
Contact us to request more information.)
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