Our Journey Continues...
Grace Episcopal Church will celebrate our 160th anniversary as a parish in 2019. As we prepare to celebrate that milestone, we are launching plans to carry our church far into the future.
Our Journey Continues... is a capital campaign to provide a permanence to the care of our buildings and grounds. Money raised by this campaign will add to our Legacy Fund for the care for our facilities in perpetuity.
“Grace Church is at an exciting place in her history,” said the Rev. Todd McDowell, Rector of Grace Church. “We must be proactive to keep us in a healthy financial state, so that we can continue to live out God’s mission for the generations to come.”
Grace’s Vestry engaged Horizons Stewardship, a leader in church consulting, last fall to conduct a survey to
determine if the parish would support a capital campaign. Consultant Terry Goolsby came to Grace Church and personally interviewed 25 members. We collected an additional 98 church-wide surveys, for a total of 123 respondents, which Goolsby says is a high participation rate.
Your responses to the survey were very positive:
- 68% of those responding had excellent or good feelings for the proposal.
- 74% of those responding view the health and vitality of the parish as excellent or good.
- 51 households expressed a willingness or likelihood to volunteer in the capital campaign.
- 84% responded we should proceed with the capital campaign plan (22% of those with conditions).
- Only 16% responded this was not the right plan at this time.
In a letter to the parish, Fr. Todd explained the need for this campaign: “Each year a higher percentage of our budget comes from endowed/legacy funds. Imagine future generations who provide for the vitality of Christ’s ministry and mission of our church, without having to worry about the costs and burden of our large building holding them back.”
The goal of our campaign is to raise $1 million, distributed in the following ways:
- 70% will increase the Legacy Buildings and Grounds Fund, which along with existing unrestricted endowed funds, will pay the full annual costs to maintain our facilities;
- 10% will pay off the majority of our debt, including a 2016 Diocesan loan which paid for new boilers and a new flat roof, and this year’s addition to that loan to replace the roof over Albright Parish Hall;
- 10% will improve the lighting in the nave of the church, which a recent study showed woefully inadequate;
- 10% will be a tithe to our Legacy Outreach Fund, which provides for those in need in our community.
Leadership for the capital campaign was introduced during our worship services on January 6:
- Rector: The Rev. Todd McDowell
- Co-Chairs: Tim Engelbrecht and Lesley Hoffarth
- Coordinator: Susanne Haring and Shari Bonham (staff support)
- Communications: Dianne Casey and Janis Greenbaum (staff support)
- Lead Gifts: Brent VanConia
- Advance Commitments: Amy Shands and Becky Engelbrecht
- Celebration Team: Paula Russell and Karen Wallach
- Prayer Team: Barbara Manuel and Sara Losse
- Youth & Children: Joanie Van Rees and Janis Greenbaum (staff support)
- Gratitude & Ministry: Carla Kurth and Phillip Brunswick (staff support)
- Connection Team: Lyn Ballard and Mike Heyer.
The campaign officially kicks off at our January 27 Annual Meeting and runs through Palm Sunday, April 14. We will ask our membership to commit themselves to gifts over a three-year period.
As we celebrate our past 160 years as a parish, Our Journey Continues... is an opportunity for you to leave
a lasting legacy to ensure the journey of Grace Church continues for the next 160 years… and beyond!
Click here to download our campaign vision brochure:
Our Journey Continues: vision brochure