SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 9, 6-8 P.M.
KICK-OFF RALLY FOR BUILD FAITH ANEW FINANCIAL CAMPAIGN FOR CAPITAL AND OPERATING FUNDS IS SET FOR SUNDAY,OCTOBER 9, 2011, 6:00 TO 8:00 p.m.
Please mark your calendars to save the evening of Sunday, October 9, 2011 to attend the Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign Kick-Off Rally and Dinner. Planning is well underway for an exciting and informative event that will include a family-style dinner and information about the Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign. Jazz entertainment will be provided by the James Elliot Project. Rev. Dr. Darryl Fairchild and Rev. Kim Armentrout, a United Methodist clergy couple from the Dayton area will be the dynamic, featured speakers for the evening. The event is scheduled to take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign promises to be an exciting spiritual journey for our church family – one that will not only continue our commitment to preserving our beautiful and historic building, but will also significantly improve our ability to continue to provide an open, inclusive and welcoming environment that matches the open and affirming spirit of our congregation. The Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign will raise resources for two specific purposes:
Capital funds will be raised to honor the obligations of the current building loan. In 2007 – 2008, the deteriorating exterior stone of the church was replaced with new, durable, and beautiful cultured stone. A careful financial plan that included a $2.5 million loan and a repayment plan that includes recurring capital campaigns was developed and approved by the congregation. We are currently on-target with our loan repayment schedule and the Build Faith Anew capital campaign’s goal of raising $500,000 over the next three years will keep us on track.
Operating Funds will be raised to support the Mission and Ministry of Broad Street United Methodist Church. Our annual stewardship campaign raises funds for our continued and expanding ministries. The goal for the 2012 annual stewardship portion of the Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign is $225,000.
ACTIVITIES AND MILESTONES OF THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
The campaign leadership team is hard at work planning activities associated with the Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign. Chris Clough and Craig Vander Veen are the co-chairs of the campaign, Pam Scott is leading the annual stewardship campaign, and there is an able and energetic team working on all aspects of the campaign activities.
We need you to get informed and involved. To help you learn more about the overall timeline of the Build Faith Anew Financial Campaign, we have listed some of the key milestones below:
October 9 Kick-Off Rally and Dinner
November 6 Day of Decision
November 20 Day of Celebration
During the campaign, you will be called by phone team members on three separate occasions to encourage your attendance for the Kick-off Rally, the Day of Decision, and the Day of Celebration. We pray that you will be able to participate in each of these important events.
At the Kick-Off Rally, you will receive a 20 Day Devotional Guide and other important information about the campaign. The Devotional Guide will provide you with daily scripture and other information to help you prayerfully meditate on the meaning of Broad Street UMC in your life and what God wants to accomplish through the people, ministries, mission and building of our church. Throughout services in October and November, Rev. David Meredith will be speaking about principles of stewardship. The prayer team will introduce a church-wide prayer activity that will encourage members to pray for one another.
On the Day of Decision (November 6) everyone will have the opportunity to make a three year Statement of Intent of financial support for the capital portion of the project (loan repayment) and a one year commitment of financial support to the mission and ministry of the church through the 2012 operating fund. Statement of Intent cards will be provided. The Statement of Intent is not a binding commitment; however the willingness of members of our church family to estimate their giving will allow leaders of Broad Street UMC to make realistic financial plans.
Our Day of Celebration is November 20, and everyone who is planning to complete a Statement of Intent card will be asked to return the card by this Sunday. The level of financial support that the Broad Street UMC church family is able to provide will be announced at our congregational Thanksgiving Dinner.
Historic Legacy and Promises for the Future
Today, all of us at Broad Street UMC are worshipping, learning and growing in faith in a facility that we did not build. We have been nurtured by the faithful sacrifice of others. By preserving our beautiful building, we honor the thousands of people who have passed through our doors for more than 100 years – clergy, lay members, visitors and guests – everyone benefiting from God’s love and from the many ministries of Broad Street United Methodist Church. Now is the time for our current church family to commit to the continuing legacy of the Broad Street United Methodist Church. For most of us, today’s challenge is our time to make our mark by building faith at a church we love. It is our time to leave our legacy of faith for future generations who will come to love Broad Street UMC as much as we do. Build Faith Anew!
Chris Clough and Craig Vander Veen
Build Faith Anew
Financial Campaign Co-Chairs