Capital Campaign Information
St. Michael’s Parish is holding a major 3-year Capital Campaign, which begins in the fall of 2015. Why are we running a Capital Campaign? It’s about maintaining and improving the church, as each generation before us has done. And the church is all of us, sharing our experience of “living the transforming love of God,” teaching it to our children in Christian Education, exploring it together in Adult Education, celebrating it in our worship, and sharing that love with the community at large. We do these things in the Episcopal tradition, which we find beautiful – the elegance of our liturgy, prayer book, and music, within an architectural space which developed with that tradition and reflects its beauty.
Our last major capital investment in the church was 18 years ago, in 1997. The work we did was very successful and retains its integrity today, and now it’s time to take the next steps. A detailed history of the building repairs is available on this website.
Peter Aziz is Chairman of Capital Campaign we have retained Mary Ann Doyle as our consultant to guide the process. Chip Spencer is General Gifts Chairman, and Ken Merz is Leadership Gifts Chairman. Barbara Putnam is the Communications Coordinator for the campaign.
This spring the Seherr-Thoss Foundation approved our request to fund a grant, and they have put aside $500,000 of matching funds for our project, doubling the first $500,000 we raise, over the 3-year period of the campaign. This is an amazing boost for people who pledge, knowing their money will be matched by the Seherr-Thoss Foundation. If you are interested, you can read the Seherr-Thoss grant letter.
This Capital Campaign is critical to the success of our plan to use our property and buildings to host the community more than ever before, allowing us to share our Christian love and care with people outside the parish. People who come under our roof come into our care, and share in our peace. We currently engage the community by hosting 12-Step programs, Greenwoods Counseling Service, community musical events and our own concert series, and we are called to do even more. As we maintain our buildings, we invest in our ability to share our gifts with the community now and in the future.