Capital Campaign Update
Where are we with the capital campaign? What are we doing to church?
Most of you know by now that St. Cross is in the middle, and hopefully soon coming to a close, of a capital campaign for improvements and stabilization in our sanctuary, education building, organ, stained glass and the kitchen areas. Some see it as a completion of what we started with our first campaign ten years ago. Others see this as planning for the future of where St. Cross is being called to serve. It is definitely both sides of the same coin.
Why do we do capital improvement when we would rather be doing outreach in our community? Because if we don’t have a solid, firm base with our plant, we don’t have place to worship, pray and study together that leads us into ministry outside of immediate surroundings.
Our church building has been plagued with water leaks for decades. Part of it is due to the glazing on the brick being stripped in the late 70’s, and part of it is due to engineering when the building was constructed. Our contractor and engineers have worked with us to come up with a plan that means we will not be patching and repainting (thank you Brian Wilcox) the inside of the church on a yearly basis and that the rector (me!) doesn’t wake up every time it starts raining thinking I need to run to the church in the middle of the night to cover pews to prevent water damage.
In addition, you may have noticed a large crack to the left of the Christus Rex window (aka the Jesus Window). This is due to rusting rebar that expands the brick. We have several less noticeable cracks like this around the building which will need to be repaired at the same time. Our contractor has worked with many churches in our area who have the same issues (American Martyrs and St. Francis to name a few). We won’t have to move out of the building when this happens, but the view might be interesting for a few weeks too. We are working out our schedule with the contractor in the next few weeks. We had hoped for construction in the summer, but as our loan just came through, we are already two months behind schedule. Ah, construction joy.
I will be writing the next few weeks about our other projects to keep you up to date. We are hoping for 100% participation. A gift to the capital campaign is one in addition to our yearly giving. Some can give $100 and some $100,000. Our hope is that every gives a gift that is a stretch, but can be given joyfully for the next three years. Together we will continue to build God’s Kingdom in the South Bay and beyond.