Christus Victor
Lutheran Church

Apple Valley, MN

Opening Our Arms Wider Campaign

The Opening Our Arms Wider campaign seeks to secure funds to better meet our ministry needs and serve our community by making Christus Victor a more welcoming environment, refresh our entire facility, and strengthen our church identity.  We invite you to join us in prayerfully considering how God might be calling you to support this campaign to ensure that the mission of Christus Victor of changing lives with Faith, Love, and Open Arms continues for the next 50 years and beyond.


As we begin a New Year, we’re also entering a new phase of our “Opening Our Arms Wider” Capital Campaign.

At a Congregational Meeting on December 16, a motion was approved to work with Vanman Architects and Builders, Inc. to complete building design and construction documents and to gather construction bids for the project. Our congregation voted 95% in favor of the motion; it’s just the latest show of strong support for this exciting evolution in the life and work of our church.

Already in January, our Facility Planning Team has begun meeting with Vanman and working with them on those documents. They hope to finish them in late spring or early summer. At that time, we plan to hold another congregational meeting to approve the documents, accept the final bids and budget and authorize construction to begin. We will keep you updated throughout the process.

Again, THANK YOU for your faithful participation in, giving to and support of the “Opening Our Arms Wider” campaign. As of December 31, we have received 42% of our total campaign pledges – an amazing $482,858!! Add in non-pledged and miscellaneous receipts, and the Capital Campaign cash balance is $490,420! These figures continue to be well ahead of where our advisors said we were likely to be at this point in the campaign, which is good news on several levels. Of course, this speaks just of the financial gifts and support; so many of you are doing so much more as well!

We got off to a very strong start in 2018, and we head into 2019 with a lot of great momentum. It promises to be an exciting year in the life of our church! Please contact a member of the Core Team anytime with any questions or comments

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Special Congregational Meeting Sunday, December 16th.
The Motion was to approve expenditures to Vanman Architects and Builders, Inc. to proceed with completing necessary design and construction documents and gather construction bids for the project.
132 votes were cast. 124 – YES, 7 – NO, 1 Abstention.
Motion passed.
We will begin the next steps as soon as possible.
Thank you to all of the teams that have been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare our plan and proposal. Thank you to all of the members who have generously supported this project with your financial gifts and prayers.
Please keep our church leaders and congregation ministries in your prayers as we move forward together, Opening Our Arms Wider for the sake of the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ here at Christus Victor Lutheran Church.

THANK YOU again for your generosity and faithfulness!

Here’s an update on where we are in our Opening Our Arms Wider Capital Campaign:

  • 120 individuals / families have made pledges, for a total pledged amount of more than $1,135,000
  • $250,727 in actual gifts have been received to date

     This puts us ahead of where we planned to be in terms of money received at this point in the process. This is fantastic progress toward making our goals a reality!

     We’re also pleased to report that new pledges have continued to come in during September. If you were unable to participate during the initial pledge campaign, you can still participate at any time. Contact the church office for additional information.

      We remain hard at work on campaign logistics. Our Facility Planning Team is working with our architect partner on project design and budget estimates. Our Facility Finance Team also is working with potential lenders to generate project financing options. One of the major factors that will impact our decisions is the amount of cash we’ll have available at the time construction begins, as that will affect the financing costs associated with any construction loans. The more cash we have available, the better terms we’ll be able to secure and the lower the overall cost of the project will be. As such, if you made a pledge or you plan to give a gift toward our campaign and are able to fulfill any part of your commitment in 2018 or early 2019, we’d greatly appreciate it.

     If we continue to make progress as we have been, we hope to present a final plan to the congregation later this fall. Stay tuned for dates and times those presentations will take place, as well as for other ways you can continue to help with the campaign. Feel free also to bring any questions or feedback you have to a member of the Core Team at any time.


THANK YOU for Opening Our Arms Wider!

As we continue through the next steps of this Capital Campaign and Building Improvements/ Addition process, please continue fulfilling your pledge.  Below are payment options:

Offering Envelopes

The new envelopes have two lines: 1) General Fund and 2) Capital Campaign. Please indicate the amount for each on the envelope. It will be helpful for our volunteer counters if separate checks are used for the General Fund and Capital Campaign contributions. If a single check is used for both, please indicate the amount for each – General Fund and Capital Campaign – on the memo line of the check. If you would like offering envelopes but did not receive them, please contact the CV office.

Simply Giving (Electronic Deduction)

Complete and sign an Authorization Form and attach a voided check to the form. Return the completed form to the CV office for processing.

Other Electronic Giving (Electronic Bill Pay)

If you already use electronic giving to fulfill your General Fund pledge, you will need to set up an additional payment for your Capital Campaign giving.  Please be sure you indicate in the notes/memo that the contribution is for the Capital Campaign.

If you would like to begin using electronic giving, please work with your bank to set up this recurring payment and make sure the memo/note designates General Fund or Capital Campaign.  This will result in a check being issued from your bank and mailed to the church.

Gifts of Stock or Other Assets

If you plan on fulfilling your Capital Campaign pledge through a gift of stock, please read below.

First, initiate a gift of shares by completing a Charitable Donation Form obtained from (& submitted back to) your broker / financial institution.  Information needed to complete the form regarding the CV brokerage account at Thrivent is as follows:
Receiving Firm Name: National Financial Services
Receiving Firm DTC #: 0226
Beneficiary Account Number: TY9134447
Beneficiary Name: Christus Victor Lutheran Church

Then, alert Deanna Luke in the Christus Victor office when a gift is being transferred, as stocks arrive in our account without identification and we want to make a timely sale of the donated shares. Include your name, mailing address and name/number of shares being gifted for tax receipt and purpose of gift, including if it is a payment on a pledge.

Donations from your IRA – For gifts from your IRA, please do not send us shares from your IRA, but instead, request a cash distribution to be sent to Christus Victor.


Christus Victor
Lutheran Church

7510 Palomino Drive
Apple Valley, MN 55124