Since the first worship service held in our sanctuary on Easter Sunday in 1926, four generations of families have gathered at 930 North Boulevard to proclaim their faith and praise God together. We are excited to share our plans to renovate this sacred and historic space. In honor of the sacrificial gifts of our congregational ancestors and all the generations who have been blessed by their faithful witness, the 2018 Sanctuary Capital Campaign theme is Generations: Embracing the Past, Renewing the Future.
While our current space has been well cared for, today we have an opportunity to enhance and improve the space in which we worship. After consulting with nationally known experts, we envision:
- Acoustical upgrades to better hear one another, improve congregational singing, and enhance sanctuary music
- A new sound system to ensure that the lessons, prayers, and sermons can be clearly heard throughout the sanctuary
- A Digital Loop System to provide headset-free access for the hearing impaired
- Better accessibility for the disabled
- Improved lighting to enhance visibility and engagement
- A new organ to help the congregation worship God more fully through music
Pray With Us
A weekly prayer guide so you can join us in praying for this project, its leaders and our congregation.
#1 Week of April 2–Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Blessings We’ve Known:
Holy God, we thank you for the many blessings experienced in our sanctuary over the past 92 years. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, weddings and funerals, worship services and other special times of praise, You have bestowed Your infinite grace upon us. We offer our gratitude for this sacred space that has held our community of faith in the past and continues to do so in the present. Amen.
#2 Week of April 9–Prayer for the Sanctuary Renovation Leadership Team:
Gracious Lord, we lift up to You those who serve faithfully to make this vision become a reality:
Alan Brock, Greg Cotter, Matt Deville, Lamar Drummonds, Nancy Dumas, Jerry Fischer, Norma Killgore, Bob Kirchoff, Phil Preis (Chair), Gwen Redding, Amanda Rothrock, Stephen Shirley & Cliff Vannoy.
Pour into them Your wisdom, discernment, patience and exceeding joy. Help us, Lord, to be ready to lend our aid if asked. Amen.
#3 Week of April 16–Prayer for Consultants and Experts:
Almighty Father, anoint those who will lend their expertise to this project. Instill within the hearts of Scott R. Riedel, Terry Byrd Eason, and David Hosbach a holy knowledge of how to blend “what is” with “what can be”. Instill in them creativity so our sanctuary will be even more beautiful and functional. Amen.
#4 Week of April 23–Prayer for Accessibility Needs:
Compassionate God, we lift up the men and women who will prayerfully plan to make the sanctuary more accessible to those with mobility needs. May those who are aided by wheelchairs, walkers, scooters and crutches find this sacred space to be warm, welcoming and accommodating. Amen.
#5 Week of April 30–Prayer for Future Generations:
God of the future, we thank You for transformative thresholds yet to be crossed in the sanctuary. For those who will be sealed with the waters of Baptism and for the many who will be nourished at the table of the Lord’s Supper, we praise You. We envision joyful couples uniting in Holy Matrimony, bereaved families offering their loved ones to Your eternal care and people from all walks of life hearing Your voice and responding to Your invitation to live a new life by faith in Jesus the Christ. Amen.
#6 Week of May 7–Prayer for Our Financial Commitments:
Generous Lord, open the hearts of our community of faith; that we would make financial commitments to renew and restore the beautiful sanctuary in which we worship You today. Help us embrace that we are not just giving to a worthwhile project, but rather investing in the lives of future generations who will come to learn of and experience the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sanctuary Renovation and Capital Campaign FAQs.
What is the Generations Campaign?
We are raising money to improve the sanctuary acoustics, lighting, sound system, accessibility, and to purchase a new organ.
Why do we need a capital campaign?
We want to provide an opportunity for the congregation to invest in the future of our church. Not only do we want to honor the sanctuary provided for us by past generations, we want to improve our sanctuary in order to bless current and future generations.
How can I support the campaign or get involved?
We ask that you prayerfully consider your financial pledge to support the campaign. We also ask you to pray for the church, for the renovation committee, and for the work that will be done.
I am a younger member of the church with little or no savings. How can I give to this campaign?
Generations before you have carried the cost of the sanctuary and now we need your help. We are developing a plan where you can sign a written commitment for three or five years that will allow the church to borrow money to complete this project. Young families, who will enjoy the blessings of the sanctuary for years to come, need to participate.
What if I am retired or nearing retirement and my savings are limited?
No gift is too small, and God honors each and every one. Jesus held up the widow’s mite as the most extravagant gift he had ever seen. And, when we pool all our resources – small and large – we can accomplish far more collectively than we could individually. We want the entire congregation to participate in this once-in-a-generation opportunity.
I am an older member of the church and gave to the last capital campaign. Why should I give to this one?
The church has existed at this location for 92 years and we need your help in making sure that it will continue to serve God and the community in the future. As an older member, you are a leader in this church. Generations of First United Methodist Church members have honored the tradition of investing in the future by having faith that God will work through that investment for the glory of His kingdom.
I already tithe. Why should I give to a capital campaign?
First, thank you for tithing! Your tithe sustains the missions and ministries of the church’s annual budget. Costs for the construction project cannot be funded by the annual budget. In order to both fund this campaign and continue the ongoing ministry of FUMC, additional funding is needed.
Why should we spend funds on a sanctuary renovation?
The sanctuary is the center of our traditional worship—Easter, Christmas, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and weekly worship. It has been twenty years since the last renovation and the space is once again in need of care. The worship and music program is enjoyed by all members and has a 98% approval rating (TAG survey). It is our experience with each other and before God in worship that inspires all of our giving. In a very real sense, an investment in the future of worship is a sound investment in future giving to all our missions and ministries.
Will there be a cross in front of the new organ case?
Yes. Terry Eason, Liturgical Designer, will design a cross which will be suspended in front of the organ case.
Where will worship be held during the renovations?
We plan to begin in May 2019 and the work will last three to four months. We will hold sanctuary services in the gymnasium.
What are the different ways I can give to meet my pledge goal? I don’t tithe. How can I be expected to give to the capital campaign?
If you have not found a way to establish a regular giving pattern in the form of a tithe, this is a great opportunity for you to do so. Start by giving a small monthly amount to the Generations Campaign – $5-10 per month, for example. You will be surprised at how quickly you become accustomed to a regular pattern of giving, and how fulfilling it will be to continue regular giving to the church once the campaign is complete. This may seem difficult at first, but we encourage you to pray about it and consider how you can support this worthy effort.
Who gets to make the decisions on how the money pledged is spent?
The Church Council has voted to renovate the sanctuary. The renovation committee serves to collaborate with leading architects and engineers to formulate plans and designs for this project. We are fortunate to have extremely knowledgeable and experienced members serving in that capacity.
I gave to the last capital campaign. Why should I give to this one?
Over the years our congregation has had several capital campaigns to improve our facilities, including the original construction of the Sanctuary, adding the Aldrich Chapel building, the Adult Building, the Children’s Building, the renovation of the Spiritual Formation Center, and most recently, the new Youth Building and Conference Center. In the last 92 years, there have been at least three sanctuary renovations. Our thriving congregation is a testament to the success of past campaigns, and we feel this one is no different. Generations of First United Methodist Church members have honored the tradition of investing in the future by having faith that God will work through that investment for the glory of His kingdom.
How can I stay informed about the progress?