As commitments continue, pledges to Christ the King Lutheran Church’s Build Us Up, Send Us Forth Capital Appeal have exceeded $2.3 million through the public phase of the campaign.
Commitments have been received from 200 families for an average of $11,500 for the three-year Appeal. Nearly $1 million was pledged during the week leading to Palm Sunday.
“With approximately 150 households still to pledge, we can anticipate that more commitments will be forthcoming,” said Russell and Stephanie Post, chairs of the campaign.
“We understand that Spring Break and other responsibilities may have prevented some families from reaching a conclusion about their participation in the Appeal. We will continue to receive commitments through the Easter season and will announce final totals at the end of the season,” they said. “The campaign response team will continue to reach out to members and answer remaining questions.”
The $3-million, three-year Appeal, which was approved by the congregation, has three principal elements:
- We are renewing our worship space to match our commitment to discipleship.
- We are building a garden for remembrance and meditation to embrace the whole cycle of life.
- We are reducing our debt and strengthening our financial foundation so that we may be sent forth in service.
The campaign will fund long-needed repairs to the nave, addressing both structural and cosmetic concerns; remodeling of the outdated sacristy; replacement of the 35-year-old heating and air conditioning system; and construction of a Paradise Garden and Columbarium, a space that would combine a peaceful place for prayer and meditation with a resting place for members and their families’ remains.
The Appeal dedicates 25 percent of all commitments to long-term debt reduction. A principal payment at the conclusion of the Appeal when combined with regular payments over the course of this campaign would reduce long-term debt from the current level, about $1.75 million, to approximately $900,000. Following this debt payment, the church’s annual debt service would be reduced to less than 10 percent of the annual budget. These savings—about $120,000—are funds that can be invested each year in ministry work within the congregation, in the community and globally.
The Appeal will also provide funds for a new parking lot on the south side of the church property, repairs to the bell tower and the west parking lot, and creation of a new maintenance fund that will be set aside to address critical physical plant issues as they arise.
As in earlier campaigns, the congregation will share the proceeds with the broader Church. In this Appeal, the congregation will support “Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” which is seeking to raise nearly $200 million to support companion churches around the world, world hunger, youth ministry, congregational renewal and planting new churches, and more. Five percent of the funds raised will be directed to the ELCA campaign.