Why do we need a Living the Vision campaign?
Every three years we renew the “collateral” that we use to obtain our Sanctuary expansion mortgage. Our lender* required 3 years of pledges to cover our monthly payment.
At the end of 2012, our current set of 3 year pledges expire. We need to provide 3 more years of commitments to keep our loan current.
In addition, we may be able to reset our mortgage to reflect current participation and take advantage of a lowered interest rate.
If our response is especially strong we may even be able to reduce the principle early and begin to move on Phase II: our Christian Ed. wing.
What was the original vision?
In 2006, Phase I envisioned a new gathering space to provide a gathering place safe from the wind, cold and heat.
In addition, new rooms for our chancel choir and bell choir, space for large group meetings and study groups, room for Senior Adult programs and activities, a chapel and upgraded brides roo along with bright, handicapped accessible restrooms were needed.
This vision has been fulfilled in a very powerful way. People now linger after worship, find out about our many ministries and activities and simply chat with friends and new acquaintances. It has strengthened our love of Christ and our love for each other more than it was before.
What is the objective of this campaign?
We have a goal of $550,000 given over a 3 year period. That’s $183,333 a year or $15,277 a month.
Our Challenge goal is $750,000 over a 3 year period. The difference would allow us to pay down the principle of the loan, saving us money in the long run.
Why is debt reduction important?
For every dollar we give to reduce debt we will actually be saving the church about $1.58 over the term of the note. This is important because the money saved will be used for expansion of our ministries and community outreach. This will help with the ultimate fulfillment of God’s vision for Lancaster UMC.
What if I can’t give right now?
Your efforts in prayer and your involvement to make our congregation a vital place of love and healing is worth more than gold!
By helping out in our mission and ministries you strengthen us in untold ways. We are not looking for “equal gifts” but “equal sacrifice.”
Can I include our church in my will?
Yes, you can remember our church as part of your estate. (You will need to consult a lawyer to make changes to or add to your will.) If you would like help with estate planning, we have trusted church members who can help you with that. Call our church office (661-942-0419) and we’ll get you in touch with one of them.
What about the recession and our ministry budget?
The recession has affected all of us. We know it’s been a rough time for many and we’re unsure what the future might bring. But we know that God is faithful and will never leave us.
We have worked hard over the last two months and our new budget is balanced with income = projected expenses.
So even in the midst of this difficult economy, we need to proclaim the hope and love God has given us through Jesus Christ.
When you make a pledge to this campaign, it will be an “above and beyond” gift. Our regular giving is primary. This is very clearly a “second mile”/ “above and beyond” gift. Not everyone will be able to make such a commitment.
What is the timeline for the Living the Vision campaign?
The commitment period is for 3 years, beginning Jan. 1, 2013 and ends Dec. 2015.
Important Dates for your calendar:
Sunday, Oct. 21 – “A Faith for hard times”
Oct. 19-Nov. 1 – Informational Coffees
Sunday, Oct. 28 – “A Faith for healing hurts”
Sunday, Nov. 4 – "A Faith for the future”
Commitment Sunday & Brunch
Sunday Nov. 11 – Celebration Sunday
- totals announced.
Who is leading this campaign?
Campaign co-chairs are Howard Horn and Katy Day.
The Living the Vision campaign is guided by a steering committee of about 10 church members, the pastors and our consultant Robert Powell of Powell Associates.
If you have questions about the Living the Vision campaign, please submit them Howard Horn, Katy Day or Pastor Terry at LUMC@LancasterUnited.org. They will be glad to answer you. Also, check out our website at www.LancasterUnited.org
What if I/we move or something happens within the next 3 years to change our circumstances?
Your pledge for the next three years can be changed at any time. If you circumstances change and you need to adjust your gift all that is needed is simple call to our office (661-942-0419) and/or to Cindy McCarthy.
Why do we have an outside campaign consultant?
This three-year financial commitment is highly important to the growth and well-being of our church. It we have to divert funds from our ongoing ministry and mission budget (our “Unified budget”) that means less funds for all the great things that are happening around here.
The work of organizing such a campaign is very detailed and requires a great deal of expertise. Bob Powell of Powell Associates is highly regarded in the United Methodist church for his background and approach. In effect, we are hiring him on as a part-time employee in order to allow our pastors and staff to continue to focus on “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
How will our campaign consultant be paid?
The payment for the consulting services of Bob Powell will come out of the early receipts to our Capital campaign. His fee is significantly less than the cost we incurred by using R.S.I. for our last major campaign in 2006.
How much was raised in the original Sharing the Vision campaign?
Pledges in the first campaign totaled more than $_______.
What is our long-range plan?
Our plan is to strongly underwrite our next 3 year period and reduce the remaining debt as much as possible. With the next 3 years underwritten, we can also reset our loan with more favorable monthly payment.
Finally, once our balance is taken care of, we can begin to plan for Phase II: a new Education Wing. (With a strong campaign, this may begin as soon as 2015.)
Our beautiful Sanctuary, Grand Foyer, restrooms, and other facilities offer many opportunities to reach out to people and draw them to Christ. By demonstrating God’s love through our worship, our activities, our ministries and our services, we can help deliver the message of hope and renewal to everyone in our area. The more we are able to reduce our debt frees us to move forward with such life-changing ministries in our new space.
Isn’t this just about the money?
Often a campaign like this is seen as only a fund raiser. However, it’s much more than that.
Our campaign is an opportunity for us to deepen our faith and increase our gratitude for all that God is doing with us. It provides us with a way to talk about and share God’s love with each other as well as with those in the community around us.
Through Living the Vision, we are all being called to reflect on our membership vows of prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. We want to keep our ongoing “Unified Budget” expenses strong even as we challenge ourselves to go “above and beyond” for our congregation and for the people who will join us over the coming years.
On Commitment Sunday, November 4, we’ll celebrate another milestone in the powerful history of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.
* Our Lender: UMDF
We have an “in-house” lender that helps United Methodist Churches build or remodel. The United Methodist Development Fund (UMDF www.bit.ly/UMDF-LUMC). In 2006 the UMDF gave us a loan of $1.7 million based on 3 years of pledges.
That three year period was renewed in 2009 and now it’s time to renew it again.
Currently our balance is $1,326,953.