Gracious God, we give you thanks for the many ways you have blessed our congregation through the years. You have called us to share the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ with all people in our community and beyond. Empower us with your Holy Spirit to be a community of faith that is both Led by your Spirit and Alive in your Spirit. Grant us the gift of generous hearts so we may boldly take the next steps of our faith journey; strengthening our ministries of worship, hospitality, witness, faith formation and benevolent service. As we have been abundantly blessed, help us to abundantly give through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Partners in Ministry,
Over fifty years ago this congregation was chartered with a unique vision to be a “leading edge” kind of congregation; dedicated to vibrant worship, engaging faith formation for all ages, as well as generosity and service to our neighbors and the world in need. Thanks be to God for the ministry that has occurred since those first days. Because of you and your commitment the witness and service of our community of faith have touched the lives of thousands. In fact the ministry has grown so dramatically that our building shows wear and tear from heavy usage and our ministry is being hindered by a lack of space.
Following over a year of study, prayer, conversation and surveying, the congregation voted earlier this year to enter into an expanded “Spirit Led – Spirit Alive Capital Campaign . The adopted objectives of that campaign are as follows;
- Bring the Worship Center and Lobby up to 2020 style, technology and code.
- Provide space to accommodate the needs of both our worship life and our music ministry
- Provide suitable space for both expansion of and increased security for our Nursery School Ministry
- Allow the upper level of the building to be utilized by the community as part of our outreach ministry.
Following the congregational meeting and vote, the Council engaged Kirby Smith Associates to assist us in conducting the capital campaign. We are currently engaged in preparation for the campaign which will unfold in the coming months. We sincerely believe this campaign is Spirit Led and that God’s Spirit is Alive in our ministry today and tomorrow. So we are asking each of you to prayerfully consider how you might join in this campaign. In your daily devotions and prayer time with God, please consider what it might mean for you to sacrificially contribute. We cannot all give equally, but we can share equal sacrifice. We truly believe that this campaign will be enhanced by our fervent and heartfelt requests for God’s guidance and support and by a sacrificial heart.
The campaign will hit full stride as we approach late summer and early fall. Two congregational receptions are planned for Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. Please mark the dates on your calendars and plan to attend these important events. Arrangements are being made so that all of our members can join us in this exciting “next step” in our ministry as a congregation.
We are excited about this challenge and opportunity to grow and expand our ministry here at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit. Please pray and plan to join us as we walk into God’s future together as a community of faith.
We truly pray that for years to come “The Holy Spirit will inspire us for ministry in our daily lives!”
Pastor Ric Elliott
Over fifty years ago this congregation was chartered with a unique vision to be a “leading edge” kind of congregation; dedicated to vibrant worship, engaging faith formation for all ages, as well as generosity and service to our neighbors and the world in need. Thanks be to God for the ministry that has occurred since those first days. Because of you and your commitment to witness and service, our community of faith has touched the lives of thousands. In fact the ministry has grown so dramatically that our building shows wear and tear from heavy usage and our ministry is being hindered by a lack of space.
Following over a year of study, prayer, conversation and surveying, the congregation voted in early 2019 to enter into an expanded “Spirit Led – Spirit Alive” Capital Campaign. The adopted objectives of the campaign are as follow:
- Bring the Worship Center and Lobby up to 2020 style, technology and code
- Provide space to accommodate the needs of both our worship life and our Music Ministry
- Provide suitable space for both expansion of and increased security for our Nursery School Ministry
- Allow the upper level of the building to be utilized by the community as part of our outreach ministry
In order to accomplish all that is proposed the campaign goal is to raise $2.4 million over 3-6 years. This phase of the Spirit Led – Spirit Alive campaign is planned for three years with giving beginning in October 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the timeline for the Capital Campaign?
The campaign will launch in May with communication to the congregation and wrap-up in September. The three year giving period will start in October 2019.
What is the dollar “need” of the Spirit Led-Spirit Alive Campaign?
In order to accomplish all that is proposed: expansion/renovation of the Worship Center, Lobby, lower classroom level, the new HVAC system, and additional items as outlined in the Spirit Led-Spirit Alive proposal the congregation would have to raise $2.4 million over 3-6 years. ($1.8 million for the upper level work renovation and construction, $400,000 for the lower level renovation and construction; $200,000 for the new HVAC in the Worship Center/Lobby).
Could the cost of the project be broken down into smaller projects?
It is possible, but the Council believes the work proposed is all needed and is best completed as a unified project. Council also believes it is within the means of the congregation to do so.
If we did not raise the “needed” $2.4 million how would we proceed?
We would proceed with the project, given the consent of the congregation, based upon the priorities of the congregation, the amount of money raised and the willingness to assume a loan and manageable payments. The project may be able to be subdivided based upon the priorities of the congregation and inherent construction restrictions.
When was the current Worship Center/Sanctuary and Lobby/Narthex built? Has it ever been renovated?
Our current Worship Center and Lobby were built in 1980. Other than paint, roof and window repairs the space has not be renovated.
What’s wrong with our current Worship Center?
After consulting with the ELCA building consultant, we confirmed that we have out grown our current Worship Center and maxed out our Sunday morning schedule. In addition, our current chairs are smaller than today’s standard width and the space between rows of seats is cramped. Also, as our music program has expanded we need additional space at some worship services.
What’s wrong with our current Lobby?
Again, after consulting with the ELCA building consultant, we confirmed that our Lobby space is too small; often being very crowded before and between worship services. The solid back wall of the Worship Center does not create a welcoming entrance nor a worship enhancing view of our worship space. Despite recent attempts to clear and open our Lobby area we often find our Lobby space cramped. The current Lobby does not provide appropriate space for additional seating if needed.
How many seats are currently in the Worship Center? How many seats would be in the renovated space?
With the recent altar move, our current Worship Center holds 318 chairs (which are 18 inches wide) with 32 inches between rows of seats. Currently worshippers often sit with three people using five seats, resulting in being at capacity with about 230 congregants in the space.
The expanded space would hold up to 388 chairs (which would be 22 inches wide) with 36 inches between rows of seats. This provides much more comfortable seating for over 300 congregants. Another comparison is that the new space will provide 45% greater seating area than our current space (based on 318 18” chairs compared to 388 22” chairs) – a more comfortable, open and welcoming space.
Why not just reupholster the existing chairs?
We looked at this option. There is no cost savings in reupholstering the existing chairs. We would still be using narrow chairs (by today’s standards) and not adding to seating capacity. Also, we could not add additional chairs as they are no longer manufactured.
What is wrong with the current altar and platform?
Our current platform and altar are showing their age. The altar surface and platform is cracked and uneven and bulky to move. The cracked and uneven surfaces also raise safety concerns.
Would the renovated Worship Center mean new lighting, sound and technology?
Yes, much of our lighting, sound and technology equipment is dated and would be replaced to better support our worship and music programs.
What would be the benefit of removing the back wall of the Worship Center and creating a center entrance?
It would create a more welcoming, open, hospitable entrance with a center aisle. It would also make the Worship Center a more attractive space and a better option for weddings and would create more maneuverable space for funerals.
Would the new Lobby doors be more energy efficient?
Yes, the plan calls for installing a more energy efficient doorway foyer and a more clearly identified worship space entrance. All doors would be up to code.
Would the renewed Worship Center be more flexible than the existing space?
Yes, our current space was designed to be flexible, but the fragile and cumbersome nature of our platform and altar has made flexibility less possible. We hope to continue the use of flexible seating and worship fixtures to enhance creative and a renewed worship life.
Would we still renovate both the existing upstairs and lower level restrooms?
The plans call for renovation of both the portico entrance restrooms and the lower level restrooms. All four restrooms would be renovated to be single user and handicap accessible.
Would the church entrance be more clearly defined?
Yes, the plan calls for designing a drop off sheltered entrance to the Worship Center and would also transform the portico entrance in to a drop off sheltered entrance. These changes would allow emergency and maintenance vehicles to easily access our church driveway.
Would we gain extra classroom space on the lower level?
Yes, the plan calls for creating two new rooms on the lower level as well as renovating the existing classroom space. Some space would need to be designated as storage and utility space.
Would we gain storage space by completing this renovation?
Yes, the plan calls for some storage space on the lower level and perhaps changing the current coatroom space in the Lobby into storage space.
Could the Nursery School be moved to the lower level?
That idea is under consideration. The lower level would be more easily secured during school hours and would free up upper level rooms for weekday programs. However, room adjustments and lower level entrance changes may be necessary to make that transition possible.
Would our new HVAC system accommodate the expanded Worship Center and Lobby?
The new HVAC system was designed for our current space. Some adjustments will make it possible to cool and heat the air in the expanded space.
Would the change in Worship Center mean that we would change the worship schedule?
A change in worship schedule is not anticipated at this time. The hope is that we can enhance the experience of worshipper at each of our services, including Rejoicing Spirits and special concerts and festival services.
Why not build an even bigger addition?
Cost has been a major consideration of this plan and caution is being taken to not over build worship space in today’s religious culture. Additionally, further expansion would be more costly due to site expenses (elevation change and sewer line) and building costs (would require a “third” story / second basement elevation).
What is the timeline for the Building Project?
After the campaign has concluded, council will assess the results and recommend next steps to the congregation. Once there is a decision to proceed with changes a project timeline will be developed. Our contractor has indicated that filing for permits and approvals could take six months and actual construction and renovation could take 7-8 months. As a congregation we can continue to use the worship space during construction with the exception of a two to three week period.
Conceptual Depiction of Expanded Sanctuary Space
These changes would result in a renovated Worship Center providing a more welcoming space capable of seating additional worshipers, improved space and capabilities for our Nursery School, and the capability to better support community outreach activities.
What can you do to support the campaign?
Two congregational receptions are planned for Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. Please mark the dates on your calendars and plan to attend one of these important events to hear more about the campaign. Arrangements are being made so that all of our members can join us in this exciting “next step” in our ministry as a congregation.
We are asking each of you to prayerfully consider how you might join in this campaign. In your daily devotions and prayer time with God, please consider what it might mean for you to sacrificially contribute. We cannot all give equally, but we can share equal sacrifice. We truly believe that this campaign will be enhanced by our fervent and heartfelt requests for God’s guidance and support and by a sacrificial heart.
Giving to this campaign can be in many different ways, including a one-time gift, regular giving over the three years of the campaign, giving assets other than cash (such as property, stocks, or other tangible assets), and end of life gifts through your will, beneficiary designation such as on investment accounts or life insurance.
We truly pray that this congregation will continue to be a community of faith led by the Spirit and alive in the Spirit.