Dear Fellow Parishioner:
If you were in worship with us on Easter Sunday you know that we have taken another important step toward building the new church! The Vestry has engaged Childers Construction Company (Van Champion, a member of our parish) as our
contractor and is hoping that we can break ground this September! Childers is working with our architect, Bradley Touchstone, to “value engineer” certain portions of the building to keep us to an $8 million dollar budget. While this
is a large budget for our church, it is comparable to that of other Anglican churches of our size that have entered into building programs, and smaller than the building budgets of comparable churches in the area who have recently done
building programs (First Baptist at $10 million for a renovation, and Bradfordville Baptist at $14 million).
If those who have pledged continue to pay their pledges, by August we will have approximately $5.5 million (this includes the value of the current building); if we borrow 1.5 million (we believe this is a manageable amount to borrow), this would leave us with a shortage of a million dollars.
To close this gap, the Capital Campaign Committee will launch one last effort to raise the needed money: “Make It Happen In May.” The Vestry has said that if we raise a full million in commitments by June 1st we will move forward with breaking ground in September of this year, allowing us to worship in the new church on Christmas Eve, 2013!
I do not want anyone in this parish to think I take your current pledge commitment for granted; I am very grateful for the commitment you have made. But I realize that without all of us working together to achieve this final goal, it will not happen! I would like to ask you to do two things: 1) If you have not yet completed your current pledge, please do so by the end of August. 2) Please consider a new one-year pledge (from this September to August of next year) at the highest level you are able, to help us close this gap.
On Sunday, April 29th Major Harding, Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, and former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, will kick off this final effort with words of challenge and encouragement. Beginning Sunday, May 5th, we will add a special prayer in the context of Sunday worship for this explicit purpose, and erect a “Commitment Board” in the church yard which will be updated each Sunday to thank those who make any further commitment, and to keep the goal before us. By God’s Grace, let us Make It Happen in May!
Eric D. Dudley+