Capital Campaign – Growing Together
begins February 5, 2017
The Acts of the Apostles recounts in Chapter 2, “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.” After the descent of the Holy Spirit like tongues of fire, the followers of Jesus were amazed that, although they were from so many different parts of the world, they could all nevertheless understand each other. The early Church began that day with so many different kinds of people called by God to move forward in faith and to grow in that faith together.
Two thousand years later, the Church continues to grow throughout the world. This is the context for why we have built a church in Woodinville. We have done so at the Lord’s command and we have succeeded because of His grace. We were successful because the Lord wants us to be here. None of us have the power to build a church by ourselves. Together, as the Body of Christ, Jesus has given us a spiritual home to proclaim the Gospel, grow in faith, and to be a force for good in the world. What makes our community special isn’t the building, it’s the people. A building, however, is necessary to carry out God’s ministries.
We had many challenges along the way, one of which is the context for our current Capital Campaign Forward in Faith - Growing Together. As some of you may remember, when we were first charged with the mission of building a church for our parish community, King County gave us a deadline that we had to meet to use this property. Thanks to the grace of God, our community was successful in building our church; however, we knew that we would have to build in stages recognizing that our numbers would grow over time.
Last year we conducted a parish-wide study to gain wisdom from our parishioners regarding our goals for the coming five years. The priorities that were articulated by the community were to reduce the debt, build more classrooms and office spaces, and extend the existing hall to better accommodate our ministries and social functions. Last fall, Guidance In Giving, Inc. helped us with a pre-campaign study that confirmed these priorities. The support for these goals was very high, indicating a parish-wide preference that we work on these priorities simultaneously. The Planning Study and Guidance In Giving reports are available for your review. The study indicates that we can raise $1.5 million and that these funds should be used to build the needed spaces in our building as well as continue our commitment to reduce the debt. So, this is what we need to do. If we raise more funds than this, we will look at further reducing our debt.
My prayer is that our newer parishioners will be inspired to be co-founders with us in this effort. Just as the Early Church began with disciples from many parts of the world and joined the Christian community at different times, they are nevertheless one body of Christ. By supporting this Campaign, new parishioners will be founders of this parish just as much as families who attended the first Mass on this property in 2004. This is because our work of founding a parish community in Woodinville continues.
My heart is filled with gratitude to all who participated in our first campaigns. My prayer is also that those who donated to our previous campaigns, Forward in Faith - Building to Serve and Forward in Faith - Our Parish, Our Future, will join me in participating in this Campaign. The reason for this is our work is not yet done.
Together, with God’s help and everyone’s generosity, this campaign will be successful. We are continuing the Lord’s ministry that he entrusted to his Apostolic Church on Pentecost and Woodinville is better for it. Thank you and may God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Frank Schuster