Reach and Renew: The First Congregational UCC Capital Campaign

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 10:15am - Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 3:00pm

We are in the midst of planning and preparing for our Capital Campaign this fall. The Steering Committee chose “Reach and Renew” for its name because that describes what we are really going for in this campaign.

The capital campaign will be a reach. It will take significant time and effort on the part of many members to accomplish what we want. The Heating System committee has been working long and hard to help us renew our building by preparing for the replacement of our old steam boilers with a new, energy-efficient and money-saving hot water heating system, and also by making other energy-efficient, money-saving changes. They have had many meetings with heating contractors and walked around the building innumerable times with engineers who might draw up the plans for our new system. They have learned more than they ever wanted to know about old buildings, new systems, and the work needed to fit them together.

The Effective Space Utilization committee has worked with an architect in our church, Ben Ringle, in order to help us renew our Sunday School program by designing ways that we could actually get more Sunday School classrooms in our current space. Did you know that simply putting a new hallway between two of the rooms on the third floor could give us an entirely new room for a Sunday School class? That’s room we really need.

The Sanctuary Upgrades committee heard from Don about the very real need to repair and refurbish our sanctuary grand piano and our organ, and thus enable us to renew our worship and our music ministry. Don arranged some very beautiful music for worship the last couple of weeks, while he was away; and there is more the next couple, also. Can you imagine how awful it would be not to even have our wonderful piano, and not to have our glorious organ working properly? This is work we need to do.

The Membership Renewal committee is looking at ways to renew our membership by increasing attendance in worship and at our adult education programs. In September, you will be asked to fill out a paper questionnaire after worship, or an online version on our website, about the kinds of programming you would prefer and the times most convenient for you.

There is a lot more besides what I have described in this article. And you can hear more about it by coming to one of the Awareness and Education meetings on Sunday, September 11 at 9am, Sunday, September 18 at 11:15, or Monday, September 26 at 7pm. Please choose one to attend, and call the church office to let us know which one it will be.

This campaign will also be a financial reach for the church: $1.1 million just to do the basic work and 2.2 million to accomplish the things we heard you express in those listening sessions last winter. It will take generous gifts from all of us, paid over a 5-year period, to reach our goals in this campaign.

Please come to one of the Awareness and Education meetings in September; and when a caller comes to visit you in the month or so after that, welcome them into your home and listen sincerely to what they have to say.

If you would like to help with this campaign, please call or e-mail Annette Ellstrom at 233-4456 or


Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:06 am in Featured Content and Reach and Renew.

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