The Needs are Great

OUR CALL IS CLEAR

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you recent events here at St. James’ Episcopal Church.  I hope and pray that in doing so each of you will sense God’s leading as we are Growing to Serve in this beautiful place.

 

I believe, as I hope you do, that the ministries of our church are a blessing to both our church body and families outside our congregation.  God continues to bless us as our membership grows. Yet with this growth comes a challenge.  Since our current monthly income must be used for our operating budget, we must now focus on a solution to provide capital to complete the new Outreach House building and to continue the repairs so desperately needed in the main worship campus. As you may recall, this capital campaign is to support the projects related to Phase I of the St. James’ Church Master Plan first presented to the congregation in May of 2016 and includes the replacing of our roof and the repair of the wall downstairs in the basement. The next two big projects for the current worship space are to upgrade our electrical system and our heating and cooling systems. These projects, as well as the construction of a new Outreach House, will allow us to maintain the positive mission and ministry of St. James’ to know and serve God by serving others.

 

Growing to Serve is the name chosen for our stewardship campaign.  We believe that, with God’s guidance, this ministry will fulfill the financial needs of our church for this next step.  As part of our Growing to Serve program, every household is asked to prayerfully consider making a sacrificial commitment (over and above your ongoing pledges and offerings) to be given over the next three years.  We hope to identify 3-year commitments in excess of $500,000 in order to move forward in our ministry.  As you can see, Growing to Serve is an important step to our future, and your involvement impacts its success.

 

This website will provide you with basic information about our path to the future.  We will also have a Town Hall Vision Gathering after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, January 14, 2018. The Town Hall Vision Gathering will be a detailed information presentation of the church’s vision for repairs to the current sanctuary and the building of the new Outreach House. The purpose of this meeting is to share information with you, to answer any questions you might have, and to encourage you to make this a special matter in your daily personal prayers. Please make a concerted effort to attend.

 

These are exciting days of decision in our church.  Let us commit to seek and act in God’s will.  To the glory of God, we will be Growing to Serve.

 

In His name,

 

 

Rev. Dr. William M. Sowards, Rector

 

 

Our Vision

PURPOSE

In 2015, the leadership of St. James’ began work on a strategic plan to address the deferred maintenance issues and structural foundation problems associated with all the buildings that make up the St. James’ Episcopal Church campus. After a comprehensive RFP (Request for Proposals) process, the Architectural firm of GKO and Associates was chosen to do a maintenance and engineering assessment of all of St. James’ structures. In June of 2015, St. James’ was presented a bound document of GKO’s findings replete with over 250 pages of assessments and recommendations with priorities on what they had found. What was made very clear in the report was the need for a new Outreach House and the need to refurbish the 1749 Glebe House. The report also pointed out the need that the sanctuary and connected areas such as the Parish Hall and office area were in need of a new roof.  The other main priorities that needed to be immediately addressed were the need to upgrade the Church’s electrical system and to modernize the building’s HVAC systems. With the knowledge of the GKO maintenance assessment, the Vestry embarked on a plan to address the deficiencies. The Vestry invited the church to several Visioning meetings where the plans for a new Outreach House and a long-range plan to build on to the existing sanctuary began to take shape. The Vestry decided to break our efforts into two distinct phases and this campaign is designed to address the needs of Phase 1. We have submitted our plans to the Township. We are preparing our RFPs for building contractors, HVAC and electrical specialist. We have already replaced our roof! We are ready to move forward! All that is left is YOU!  Please prayerfully consider a financial commitment to this ministry, be a part of what God is doing here at St. James’ as we are Growing to Serve those here today and those who God sends us in the future!   

HIGHLIGHTS

1

New

Construction

2

HVAC

Replacement

 

3

Upgraded

Electrical

 

FAQ

What do we hope to accomplish with our Growing to Serve campaign? The building of a new Outreach House will enable us to better serve the needs of the people who live in our community. The monies generated through the campaign will also allow us to make much needed repairs to our present worship/fellowship campus. How will we pay for this? Through monies raised by the capital campaign and recent generous bequests. How long is a commitment to this campaign? A one-time gift or a 3 year pledge paid as the donor decides. What does “commitment” mean? A financial pledge (commitment) of any amount is a sign that the donor has made an intentional decision to be fully invested in the building of our new Outreach House and to making the necessary repairs to our existing building.

GOAL

$1,000,000

Phase 1 Projected Cost

Fr. Mike and the Vestry of St. James’ have been seeking God’s wisdom and praying earnestly to hear God’s will in this process. Our Goal is to complete all three components of Phase 1 without going into debt. The estimated cost of the Phase 1 project is $1.0 Million. We have designated over $500.00 from memorials and estate gifts to this project and hope through your generous support to fund the rest. We are committed to not encumbering debt for this project and hope you will join us in this most worthwhile endeavor. Help us to continue Growing to Serve as we know and serve God by serving others!

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Growing to Serve is the name chosen for our stewardship campaign.  We believe that, with God’s guidance, this ministry will fulfill the financial needs of our church for this next step.  As part of our Growing to Serve program, every household is asked to prayerfully consider making a sacrificial commitment (over and above your ongoing pledges and offerings) to be given over the next three years.  We hope to identify 3-year commitments in excess of $500,000 in order to move forward in our ministry.  As you can see, Growing to Serve is an important step to our future, and your involvement impacts its success.

 

 

In 2015, the leadership of St. James’ began work on a strategic plan to address the deferred maintenance issues and structural foundation problems associated with all the buildings that make up the St. James’ Episcopal Church campus. After a comprehensive RFP (Request for Proposals) process, the Architectural firm of GKO and Associates was chosen to do a maintenance and engineering assessment of all of St. James’ structures. In June of 2015, St. James’ was presented a bound document of GKO’s findings replete with over 250 pages of assessments and recommendations with priorities on what they had found. What was made very clear in the report was the need for a new Outreach House and the need to refurbish the 1749 Glebe House. The report also pointed out the need that the sanctuary and connected areas such as the Parish Hall and office area were in need of a new roof.  The other main priorities that needed to be immediately addressed were the need to upgrade the Church’s electrical system and to modernize the building’s HVAC systems.