Dear Members of Christus Victor Lutheran Church,
On Sunday, June 2, we took some important and exciting steps as a congregation! The Opening Our Arms Wider campaign has officially entered a new phase: construction!
At the congregational meeting, members approved a motion (by a 109-3 vote) authorizing the Church Council and campaign teams to proceed with construction as planned. Members also approved a resolution (by a 108-4 vote) enabling the Council to secure a project financing loan from Thrivent Financial.
These votes mean several things:
–Construction will begin soon – possibly even this week! Work will begin as soon as crews are mobilized, coordination takes place, etc. We will start noticing changes and progress in short order.
–The construction timeline is about 10 months, so we can expect work to be complete by Summer 2020. In the interim, we WILL be able to continue to use our facility. Certain areas may be off-limits at times, but plans are in place to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
–Jay Johnston has graciously agreed to volunteer as our Owner’s Representative – our primary liaison to our contractors as they proceed and the point person for our congregation on all things project-related. He/we will be sure to pass along important information along the way.
–A second capital campaign will take place once the current one ends. As previously explained, this campaign will have two purposes: to eliminate the construction debt, and to establish a capital fund for ongoing building needs. That does not mean, however, that our first capital campaign hasn’t served us well. Our total commitments and pledges have continued to rise, and we now expect to raise a total of about $1.17 million from the campaign. In addition, we have already received 56% of those commitments and pledges – a total of more than $670,000! This is fantastic progress, and our early giving will reduce the amount we’ll need to borrow and lower our interest expenses. Please continue to faithfully fulfill your pledges, and let us know of anything you need or questions you have in doing so.
–As construction proceeds, and as a new capital campaign takes shape, there will be MANY opportunities to volunteer and help with everything from building projects to ongoing planning. We invite you to prayerfully consider joining us however you’re able! Please contact Jay Johnston, Ed Odden or a member of the Core Team if interested.
We give thanks to God for the wonderful leaders who have been working hard and will continue to be working hard on this project. We give thanks to God for the faithful giving, support and prayers of the members of Christus Victor to make this project possible. And we ask God’s continued guidance, blessing and faithfulness as we enter into the building phase of our project.
This is a significant milestone in the life and ministry of Christus Victor, and we look forward to celebrating with you in our new spaces next year! In the meantime, please continue to reach out with any comments, feedback and questions you may have.
The Core Team