Thirteen years ago, when the “Upon This Rock” capital campaign started, it was to be the first of five campaigns to pay off the $6,350,000 needed for construction of Celebration Center, the expanded sanctuary, improved teaching spaces, and much-needed parking.
In February of this year, “Standing on the Promises” the fourth campaign, concluded formally, exceeding the one-million-dollar goal by about $60,000. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed. Your generosity coupled with astute and creative debt management by leaders of the church means that less than $800,000 is owed on the bank loan and $1.5 million is owed to church members who lent money to the building project.
As you can see, while some obligations remain, we have come a long way since our original mountain of debt. One final capital campaign may be in our future, although the Finance Committee and Church Council agree that a short break is in order after 12 years of campaigns.
Yet even in the absence of a formal capital campaign, we all understand that the more we pay down our debt, the less money we will need to raise in a final campaign. We are pleased to report that some members have decided to continue their giving to reduce our debt. If you are able, we would encourage you —either as a previous giver or a brand-new member—to consider prayerfully making a one-time or even regular gifts toward debt reduction. There are three easy ways:
1. Write a check and place it in the offering any week. Just make it out
to First Church with “Standing on the Promises” or “debt reduction”
on the memo line;
2. Contribute online at www.engagegodfirst.org. Click on the
“Donate” tab and then Standing on the Promises to use your credit
card; you may give one time, monthly, or weekly;
3. Purchase grocery cards between the 1st and 3rd services. 100% of
the proceeds go toward debt reduction.
Finally, please continue to pray for First Church, for our staff, for our program leaders, and for our vital mission as Christians. Even though our building isn’t quite as new and shiny as it once was, we know that our church is being used in many amazing and expanding ways to connect people to Jesus Christ, to relieve suffering, and to grow disciples.
Marion Piersol-Miller and Glenn Miller
Co-chairs, Standing on the Promises