PEACE FOR THE FUTURE
Rooted in Community – Ready to Serve
As autumn approaches we look forward to resuming our usual rhythm at Peace – choirs, Sunday school, study groups, quilting, and more. But this fall something else is in the air, something exciting, challenging, and certainly, important. In October and November we will conduct a capital campaign, designed to provide funds over and above those needed for our annual budget for projects that will shape our congregation’s future for decades to come. The campaign is appropriately called “Peace for the Future.”
The projects that we envision are of the following types:
- providing a more inspired worship experience, including a better piano for the sanctuary and a state of the art audio-visual system;
- improving and sustaining our building to ensure an inviting and accessible welcome, including making necessary repairs to our HVAC system and to the exterior, improving the church entrance and flow through the building, moving the church offices from the Lauxman House to the main building and improving the rooms in both wings for best use on Sundays and throughout the week;
- extending our ministry to our community, possibly by renovating the Lauxman House and hiring a part time staff person as a community liaison;
- enhancing our care for creation, by, among other things, installing solar panels on our roof and improving landscaping and tree cover; and
- a 10% tithe, split between our Synod and Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA).
These improvements are not minor, nor are they cheap. We would like to raise at close to a million dollars over a three year period. A lot of money? Yes, but consider: each year we raise and spend nearly 40% of that amount on our operating budget. This goal is both possible and practical. We have the vision; we have the need; we have the will; and we have the resources.
In October you will learn more about Peace for the Future, and through various means you will be inspired, we hope, to support it. In November, culminating at the celebration of our congregation’s 60th anniversary, you will be asked to make your pledge to the campaign. This summer, with help from our consultant, we have been putting together several teams to lead in each phase of this process. Many of you have already agreed to serve in some capacity and we are deeply grateful to you for it. Would you like to serve? On the next page is more information on how you can do that.
I am excited about this. Peace for the Future is a fundraiser, yes, but much more than that it is an opportunity: to preserve and enhance our ability to live in God’s Word, through ministry within and without our four walls.
Peace for the Future Campaign Chair