Reviving our Building, Transforming our Lives

Unchanging God of grace, faithfulness, and truth; Giver of life and all we possess, We pray that as the buildings of St. Paul’s are revived, we too, may be transformed spiritually, finding new ways that each of us may be Christ’s hands and feet in our ministries and community.
Amen.

Case for Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Pledge

We are filled with hope and stepping out on the next part of the journey we began with God 194 years ago toward the future God is preparing.

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16

Devotionals

During this St. Paul’s Capital Campaign, may we be ever mindful of our purpose, our why, and for whom we serve. Help us to step forward in faith, and guide our hearts. To God be the Glory in all we have, and all we do.

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” – Galatians 5:22-23

I go back to these words when I want to strengthen my resolve in the face of a challenge. We embark upon such a challenge at St. Paul’s, with the transformation of our worship, fellowship, and education space from the past through the present and into the future. As Church buildings connect the past, present, and future, so does church music!

The music ministry of St. Paul’s is near and dear to me, as both a listener and a participant. I hope you also experience a real and tangible connection to God when we sing hymns, (many of which date back many decades), and listen to the musicians and the choirs. I believe that our music can be one of those threads that pulls on the heart of visitors, drawing them into a beautiful worship experience and into the St. Paul’s community. I also believe the music is a living act of our mission, proclaiming the Good News.

I encourage you to let the music lift your hearts above the dust and the imminent chaos that happens in renovation. Think of yourself as a steward of sacred space, proud to keep it healthy, no matter how difficult the process. Stay thankful, hopeful, and humming with the fruit of the Holy Spirit during this exciting time.

— Julie Reinhardt, Music Ministry

The time has come to place our light on the lampstand and fully reflect the vibrancy of our parish life.

Building Plans & Renderings

Yes! I will join the Reviving our Building, Transforming our Lives Campaign!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Nave or Sanctuary part of the capital campaign?
No, Any work done on the nave is taken from our “Building and Grounds” account in our operating expenses or from special gifts.

Will the pecan tree be removed as part of the campaign improvements?
No, we will not be removing the tree.

Does a capital campaign pledge count the same as an annual campaign pledge? Aren’t they going to the same place?
No, a capital campaign does not count the same as an annual pledge. Each year, St. Paul’s invites members of its community to give an annual pledge to the fund the mission of the congregation. These funds pay for personnel, programs, outreach ministries, and the regular upkeep of the space. These funds typically come from an individual’s regular monthly income.

Pledges to the capital campaign will be used to fund specific one-time projects to the physical space. This gift is an extraordinary gift that would likely be above and beyond one’s annual gift. Individuals can give in a variety of ways (see below) and all gifts regardless of size are needed for the campaign to be successful.

The leadership has approved separate accounts to ensure that gifts made to either are appropriately managed and used as each individual intends.

Which is a priority?
Annual giving is the priority. While we embrace gifts given to both the annual fund and the capital campaign, we ask that individuals maintain their regular giving to the annual campaign before considering a capital campaign pledge. Annual gifts fund St. Paul’s operating budget which supports our mission and ministry.

It is important that the annual fund remains at the same level or increases while capital improvements are being made.

How do I get updates about the timeline?
You can find out information on the website here: https://www.stpaulsfranklin.com/capital-campaign/. We want you to know what is happening every step of the way!

Moving forward, updates on both the campaign and construction will be included at least monthly in the bulletin, announcements and in regular church emails.

Can I leave money in my will or establish a trust specifically for the capital campaign?
Yes! All members are invited to include St. Paul’s in their estate planning. However, given that the bulk of construction expenses will be incurred in the first year, we will be needing liquid funds to pay these expenditures.

The vestry is happy to receive bequests with a “requested designation” (rather than a restriction).

How can I give?
Gifts can be given in a number of forms: cash, check, automatic withdrawl from a bank account, stock, or credit card.

The pay-in period is four years, beginning June 2022 and ending May 2026. Gifts can be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually.

Can I give for more than 4 years?
We would like to pay as many of the expenses on the front end of the capital improvements. If you are contemplating a gift schedule longer than four years, please speak with us first.

Are we taking out a loan? What is a bridge loan?
Yes, however we do not currently anticipate taking on debt beyond what is pledged to the campaign. While we anticipate reaching (or surpassing) our goal of $3,100,000, this money will be paid over four years. A common practice for non-profits is to take out a “bridge loan” to pay the expenses of the capital improvements and then pay this loan back as pledges are paid by community members.

Will my pledge matter? Are all gifts needed?
YES! All gifts regardless of size are needed to make this successful. If you are thinking of making a gift, please know we welcome your generosity at all levels. We want everyone, regardless of your financial picture, to make an investment and to feel a part of the result!

What happens if I can’t fulfill my pledge?
We know that life happens and we care about you. If something happens and you can`t fulfill your pledge over the next four years, please let the clergy know. We can make adjustments accordingly. We value you and want to know what is happening in your life.

If you have a question not on this list, please contact Bob Larson, Campaign Chair.

Pledge

All gifts are welcome, no matter the size!

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