Last Sunday we had a very encouraging Congregational Meeting during which we were given the update by Anne Jahnke, Building Committee Co-chair. She has made the following recording to summarize for anyone who couldn't be in attendance.
Moving Forward with Thanks
We have received to-date 3 year commitments and gifts of $3.45 million. These commitments make it possible to move forward to accomplish the primary goals of maintenance, sanctuary and organ. Thank you to all who have made a commitment!
Taking Next Steps
What happens next? The building committee and organ committee will develop specific plans and designs that work with the dollars committed. They will prioritize projects, develop more specific design drawings and cost estimates. This work will begin in August and take up the fall. This time of prioritization and design will provide needed information so that the congregation can take specific actions for the organ and the building at the appropriate time.
Late fall of 2017, there will be an information meeting with the congregation about priorities and progress. This will prepare the congregation to take action at the annual meeting in February 2018 on an organ and embracing a more specific set of goals for the building.
Keeping the Course
The council and leadership teams continue to affirm a set of core principles for decision making and action, which have been shared with the congregation throughout the process.
What is Renewing God’s House?
Renewing God’s House is a three year capital campaign to support the renewal of the sanctuary and building to serve God’s Mission in the heart of the city. Check out the video link and the brochure link below to find out more about this exciting venture.
Making a Commitments
New commitments and gifts for Renewing God’s House will be received throughout the 3 year campaign. You can use the online form or pick up a commitment form from the office or welcome desk. Thanks for Renewing God’s House. We believe now is a great time to say: We are First Lutheran!
Haven't gotten your commitment in yet? There's still time! You can bring it to worship this weekend, drop it in the mail, bring it to worship this weekend, or stop by the office by June 23. Better yet, why not click above to fill it out online. Thanks for helping us Renew God's House!
And, as a thank-you for helping us renew God's house, we made printed stone coasters for you to take home. We want them to serve as a reminder that we are living stones being built into a spiritual house as we work towards renewing this physical house of God. Please pick up a set of coasters for your household this weekend at worship, or stop in the office during the week!
Meet Our Core Team
Fund Appeal Core Leadership Team:
Lois Buntz and Chris DeWolf serve as co-chairs for the Fund Appeal for First Lutheran Church. They will lead the core leadership team that includes Jenny Bosking, Judy Cheney, Mark Fersdahl, Jana Grimm, Patti Groff, Doug Johnson, Bob Koenig, John Swenson, and Tom Wolle. Pastor Craig and Pastor Steve, along with Tim Box, Director of Support Services will work with the core team, as well as the whole staff. One hundred people will be recruited to make Renewing God’s House a success.
This is a whole congregation effort. Already the core team has reached out to expand the leadership of work teams for prayer, communication, invitation, and special events that will bring about success. We will continue to build teams in the coming weeks.