March Project Status

Past

Here’s a recap of what has been happening since the last update was published on February 14th.

Sunday Mornings in Lent

Our worship beginning on February 11th used the church season of Transfiguration and Lent to talk about generosity—God’s generosity to us in Jesus, and the way we reflect that generosity in every aspect of our lives. Those themes also spilled over into our Sunday morning adult Bible study discussions. The Bible study series focused on things Jesus said about generosity in his parables in the gospel of Luke.

Leadership Commitment Weekend

The weekend of Sunday, February 25th was Leadership Commitment Weekend. Just as David did in the Old Testament (1 Chronicles 28-29), we asked our leaders to step up to lead and inspire all of us in supporting God’s work here at St. Paul.

The result? A strong start, both toward meeting our goal of 5 million dollars, and toward our goal of having our whole congregation come together in support of our ministry. As of writing this update, 100% of our pastors and teachers have made a commitment as well as many of our elected leaders. More commitments continue to come in from our leaders week after week. We thank God both for the gift of resources he’s given us as a congregation, and for the gift of people who give themselves to God’s work in this place at this time. We aren’t finished yet. It’s time now to expand this effort to every member of St. Paul.

Present

Congregational Phase Launch on Palm Sunday

We know that many of you have been waiting patiently the last couple of months, and the time is almost here. On the weekend of Palm Sunday, March 25th, we plan to distribute packets of information to every family in our congregation. Inside, you’ll find a summary of what the project is and why we’re doing it along with a commitment card for your family. On the three Sundays after Easter, we’ll build on this as we talk about the ministry God has given us here at St. Paul. Read more about that in the “Future” section below.

Building Project Open Forum

Our Building Committee will be holding an open forum on Sunday, March 25th from 9:15-10:15am. It has been a number of months since our last open forum in October. The Building Committee will share a summary of what has been discussed at its meetings since then and will field questions and comments you have about the current design for our expansion.

Insert series: The Gift from Greece

Over the last few weeks, you probably noticed a series of blue inserts in the worship folders. They’re based on two chapters from Paul’s second letter to the Christians in Corinth. Those Christians had decided to send a gift from Greece to help the struggling Christians in Jerusalem. Paul wrote to them to encourage them in that plan and to teach them how and why Christians give. Is it possible to read those two chapters quickly all at once? Sure it is. It would probably take you less than 5 minutes, and it would be great if you would do just that. But there’s so much there to think about in our own generosity that we’re breaking those chapters into twelve inserts that will be included in the worship folders each week through our Commitment Weekend on May 6th. We hope you find them helpful as each of us grows in our faith by pondering God’s Word.

Trifold Brochure: Suggestions for Giving to a Capital Campaign

As you start to think through your own commitment, this brochure has some helpful tips about how to actually make your intention a reality. Pick up a copy on the table by the renderings or look for it in your packet of information on Palm Sunday.

Future

April              

Easter is April 1st. Christ is risen!

The three Sundays after Easter (4/8, 4/15, and 4/22), we’ll focus on our ministry. At St. Paul we are connecting people … to Christ … to each other … and to our community.  Here’s what you can expect:

 




DATE

SERMON

BIBLE STUDY

THEME

Easter 1

April 7-9

John 20:19-31

John 15

Connecting to Christ

Easter 2

April
14-16

Luke 24:36-49

Ephesians 4

Connecting to Each Other

Easter 3

April 21-23

John 10:11-18

1 Corinthians 9

Connecting to Our Community

 

Confirmation Sunday is April 29th.

May                

The weekend of Sunday, May 6th will be our Congregation Commitment Weekend. God has generously blessed each of us in different ways. We hope that already now you’re thinking and praying about how God can use you to extend our gospel ministry to the future.

FAQs

Check the previous project updates for other FAQs:

December    

When is groundbreaking going to be?
Do the renderings show what has been approved for construction?

January         

May 6th seems a long way off. Why the wait?
Are we really going to be able to complete the whole project?

February       

What’s the goal?
What is the commitment process like?
Why can’t I find everything on the main website menu?

What about our current mortgage?

In 2004 we built our current facility at a cost of $5.3 million, including a $3.5 million mortgage with Thrivent Financial. Over the last 14 years, we’ve never missed a mortgage payment and have been able to pay down our principal balance to $2,137,569.24 as of January 31, 2018. It would be a wonderful blessing if we could expand our facility and pay off our mortgage all at the same time. Realistically, however, it looks like we will continue having a mortgage.

Our Finance Committee has been looking into options about what would happen with our current mortgage, and has been in contact with several banks about what our future mortgage could be. While no decisions have been made at this point, it seems likely that we would roll our current mortgage into a new mortgage and that lenders would be willing to give us a loan in the ballpark of the $3.5 million mortgage we have currently been maintaining. Our goal is to balance expanding our ministry with avoiding an excessive burden. If you have ideas, would like more information, or have a special interest in seeing us pay down our mortgage, talk to one of the members of our Finance Committee: Jim Buelow, Scott Filter, Dan Schmidt, or Mike Shiels.