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In the Old Testament book by his name, Nehemiah led God’s people in rebuilding the crumbling walls of Jerusalem and preparing the holy city for the next generation and beyond. For the past year, members of the Capital Improvements Committee of our church have met to discuss some of the long-term needs of our historic facility, specifically making much-needed repairs to specific areas in our church facility.
After much thought and prayer, the committee, under the leadership of Mike Branch, created the following plan for 2013:
- REPLACE THE ROOF: Re-shingle the entire church facility and repair the various leaks and plaster cracks inside the church. To be done in the first quarter of 2013 – $33,800.
- REPAIR THE COURTYARD: Fix a faulty drainage system that has caused our courtyard to “sink” and create a safety concern. To be done in the second quarter of 2013 – $28,000.
- REPAVE AND RECURB PARKING LOTS: Install an entirely new parking lot surface over the existing one and install curbs in the upper parking lot to facilitate drainage. To be done in the third quarter of 2013 – $18,600.
- OVERAGES AND SEED MONEY FOR A NEW BUILDING FUND: Budget for those “surprises” that are inevitable in capital campaign efforts, and allocate any leftover funds to start a new Building Endowment – $19,600.
Repair costs for all of these projects combined will cost $100,000. The good news is that over the past six months, a number of individuals in our church family have already stepped up and donated $80,000. This means that we only need an additional $20,000 to fund the project in full. And this is where YOU come in!
On Feb. 10th we launched the “Raise The Roof” campaign with a special sermon in worship (you can read and listen to the sermon HERE) and luncheon afterwards. The following three Sundays – February 17 and 24, and March 3 – members will be given an opportunity in worship to make a one-time donation of any amount to help us meet our goal. You can access a PDF copy of our timeline HERE.
Please give prayerful consideration over the next three weeks to how you can support our church’s “Raise The Roof” campaign with a one-time gift, above and beyond your normal pledged giving. No gift is too big or too small. The important thing is that everyone gets a chance to participate. Please make checks out to “First Presbyterian Church” and note them to “Raise The Roof campaign.”
Our church has a tremendous opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Nehemiah and, once again, step out in faith and continue the long-term viability of this great church for the next generation. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the members of the Capital Improvements Committee listed below. THANK YOU for helping “raise the roof” at First Presbyterian in 2013!
Members of the Capital Improvements Committee: Branch, Mae Daniels, John Merritt, Ann Floyd, Mike Gatchel, Lydia Taylor, Steve Lindsley (ex-officio)