Our Next step...in engaging all generations
Risen Savior Celebrates the Next Step for the Campus Expansion Project
Members of Risen Savior Lutheran Church met for a luncheon and congregational meeting on Sunday, July 8 to discuss and ratify the next step for the expansion of its Alma School Road campus. The new building will feature an additional 725-seat Worship Center and multi-purpose building, a state-of-the-art kitchen and outside patio with a front yard area that will support community activities such as; the Novemberfest, the school's Fall Festival, the Church Picnic and more.
After presenting architectural renderings of the campus expansion project to the congregation at focus meetings last Spring, the Steering Committee began rolling out the three-year Capital Stewardship Campaign, Our Next Step…in Engaging All Generations, to potential donors in June. At the July 8 meeting, the Steering Committee revealed that the first 73 pledges amounted to $2,709,800!
Between now and December, the Capital Stewardship Campaign will be presented through individual visits to answer any questions and to invite their participation in this historic event. At the end of this year, the congregation will meet again for a campaign update and for a second vote that will authorize commencement of construction to begin early in 2019. If ratified, it is anticipated that construction will be completed in 2020.
Governing Board Unanimously Approved of Capital Campaign!
A detailed Final Report was provided to the Governing Board by our James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. representative, Carl Graber. He stated that “This is the most positive study that he has conducted in his 15+ years of experience”. As a result of the overwhelming support received from the congregation, the Governing Board voted unanimously to move forward with a capital stewardship campaign.
Here is a summary of the results from our Readiness Assessment of the proposed building plans on the north property. 436 individuals, representing 256 families attended Focus Group Meetings. The responses were very positive as the following information indicates. When attendees were asked for financial and volunteer support:
Financially 215 Yes 10 No 59 Need more information
Volunteer Time 120 Yes 17 No 91 Need more information
We will continue to keep you informed as more information is available.
December 2017 was the first meeting with the Design Unfocus Groups (DUGs) and architect Kevin Callahan. The four DUGS are:
· Adult Ministries
· Children/Youth Ministries
· Special Events/Facilities
The DUGs will meet a total of five times by the end of February 2018. In between each meeting, a cost analysis will take place. When they meet again the group will discuss the costs of what they are requesting for in the building. Choices will then be made and more ideas/options will be generated. At the end of the process we should have a good handle on costs and staying within the budget.
Kevin produced a variety of blueprints to show the many building options that are available for the north lot. Some of the choices discussed were; size, location of the building on the lot, along with many design options that will tie in all three buildings and their needs. The design of the north building will encompass the necessity for a larger worship space but, also the need to have a multi-use building. The pictures below show some examples of what options were discussed and will provide a frame of reference at future DUG meetings.
We will continue to send out regular updates, to keep all of you well informed of the progress that is being made at your home church. Stay tuned…
While we continue on this path, we stop often to listen and to pray. We seek God’s direction, His enabling power and guidance so that His work is done His way.