A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes as we move forward with our building program at Grace. Here is a summary of some of what's been done.
Meetings with Groth Design - Two weeks ago architects from Groth Design, the firm we have hired to work with us on our building program, met with our church staff and leaders from many different groups at Grace to hear from us about our thoughts, needs and wants for the building program. They will use the input they received to guide them as they begin to work on possible designs for our building.
St. Luke in Slinger - Last Tuesday the pastors, along Aimee Lempke, our church council treasurer and Mike Cibulka and Ralph Jeletz from our Finance Committee, met with Pastor Matthew Short from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Slinger. St. Luke, which is a bit smaller than Grace, recently completed a capital fund campaign and a building program. They raised about $750,000 in pledges for a $1.9 million project.
We have pledges of just under one million dollars for our "Grow In Grace" program.
Pastor Short gave us helpful advice from working with the architect (they used Groth Design as well) to ideas on how to fund our project. We are deeply appreciative to him for his insights and guidance.
Mission Investment Fund- Last week a member of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Mission Investment Fund met with the church council. As a ministry of the ELCA the fund helps churches finance projects using money invested by fellow members of the ELCA. We are looking at the Mission Investment Fund as a possible source for financing our building program.
You can read more about the Mission Investment Fund here: ELCA Mission Investment Fund
Please keep our building program in your prayers as we work hard to be good stewards of our financial gifts and build our ministry at Grace.
If you were not in worship on Oct. 12th to hear the second of our stewardship messages, please take the time to listen to the podcast of the sermon.
Pastor Paul preached on the importance of living out Jesus' words, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35) and Church Council President Mara Schwartz shared some of the central aspects and goals of this year's stewardship program with the congregation.
We made the commitment packages for 2015 available after the worship services. If you were not here you can stop in and get yours during the week or this weekend.
If you were not in worship last weekend and didn't hear Pastor Paul's first stewardship sermon on "Grace-Filled Hearts" please take a few minutes to listen to the podcast here.
This message has a lot of important information on what the Bible teaches in 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 about learning to be generous givers. It also lists some areas of our Grace ministry that will be central to our 2015 budget.
If you have any questions or comments about the message, feel free to contact Pastor Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-377-4770.