At the Vestry meeting on January 18, after studying the results of the feasibility study, the Vestry voted to move forward with a capital campaign with a goal of $395,000. On January 29, Our ECF Consultant, Leslie Pendleton presented the results of the Feasibility Study, along with the Vestry recommendation, at our Annual Parish Meeting. We will be launching our Capital Campaign during St. Paul's Bicentennial year.
The Capital Campaign Feasibility Study is now complete and the results are being analyzed. At St. Paul's Annual Parish Meeting on January 29, 2017, our ECF Consultant, Leslie Pendleton, will present the results. We had a high rate of return from both the online and printed surveys and we are very grateful to everyone who took part. We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!
In the spring of 2016, after our series of cottage meetings, the vestry voted to take the next step in our capital campaign. We are now conducting a feasibility study to determine the parish's priorities and establish appropriate goals for funding those priorities. Over the summer members of the capital campaign committee continued working and planning with our consultant, Leslie Pendleton, to refine a case statement for the campaign and its potential elements as identified by the vestry and through our cottage meetings.
It is important that we receive feedback from as many people as possible. To that end, you should have received an email on Monday, November 14 containing a link to a survey for you to complete. If you did not receive that email, please check you "junk" or "spam" folder. Your participation is vital to our success and we need your input in order for this campaign to be successful. Please take the 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. Your response will go to the Episcopal Church Foundation for tabulation and the results will be shared with the congregation at our Annual Parish Meeting in January.
Click here to view a copy of the Feasibility Study Case Statement.
As you may be aware, St. Paul's Church has begun discussing a capital campaign to address needs and potential growth opportunities for our parish moving forward. This process began with a series of cottage meetings in March which helped us think not only about operational necessities but also prompted thinking about the church’s vision and mission in our community and the world. As we continue through this process, we invite all parishioners to take part in the ongoing conversation. In an effort to be as transparent and informative as possible, we are sharing updates and resources documenting our process as we go. We invite all parishioners to engage with these resources and know that your feedback is welcome and appreciated.
Capital Campaign Progress Report (presented to Parish in early June 2016)
Thank you to everyone who participated in the cottage meetings back in March to explore our hopes and dreams as a faith community. We held nine meetings attended by approximately 90 parishioners. A summary of the notes taken during those meetings will be available at church and on the website.
In April and May, the Buildings and Grounds Committee, Finance Committee and Vestry considered your feedback and suggestions alongside the increasingly urgent need to proceed with roof and elevator work. In addition to facilities needs, we are considering potential “human capital” needs in response to what we heard in the cottage meetings. These “human capital” needs include:
- Music ministries (see below)
Full Time Curate
The Vestry voted our Curate position to be increased to full time starting January 2017. Many of you will remember Joshua Bruner, who served here as a Seminary Intern in 2014 and 2015. We are fortunate to have Joshua rejoin our community. Joshua’s areas of focus will include lay pastoral care and Christian formation/education for all ages.
Roof and Elevator
Due to the current condition of the roof and elevator, the Vestry decided to secure a bridge loan from the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire to complete the repairs. For the past three winters there have been devastating roof leaks – causing damage to the interior of our building, and interim repairs are no longer adequate. Meanwhile the elevator’s condition has reached a point where members of and visitors to our parish cannot rely on it to attend services and other activities. As a temporary measure, we have installed a ramp at the west entrance to the sanctuary, and plans are in progress for the installation of a new elevator before winter makes the ramp no longer viable.
These urgent facilities needs will be priorities in our Capital Campaign as we cannot afford to make the loan payments with our current annual budget.