FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Building Tomorrow Today is the theme of the current capital stewardship campaign. But, in truth, it is the philosophy of our church for nearly 18 decades. The founders of our beloved Germantown Presbyterian Church did not build the original chapel for themselves. They built it for their children and their children’s children and the scores of hard-working, God-loving people who would populate its rough-hewn pews in years to come.
This spring we embark on a similar endeavor. We are building a foundation for the future of Germantown Presbyterian Church, a future of expanded ministries, a growing congregation, a re-energized commitment to Christian education and new opportunities for intergenerational fellowship.
We are also embracing our historic heritage with the restoration and renovation of Evans Chapel. The Building Tomorrow Today capital stewardship campaign is the vehicle that will transport us to a better, brighter future in the near term and for generations to come.
This FAQ addresses questions you may have about our Phase II building project and the capital stewardship campaign. Please pray for God to be with our church as we go forward. And ask for His guidance as you prepare heart and mind for participating in this important effort.
What has our Master Plan accomplished for the GPC campus?
Two back-to-back capital campaigns—Share the Vision (2007-2010) and Forward in Faith (2010-2013) —provided funding for GPC to build a welcome center, administrative offices, library, music suite and renovated classroom space for youth and children as well as a porte cochere off the narthex. We completed Phase I building in 2011. The previous two capital campaigns paid off all costs of Phase I building and additionally left a $400,000 nest egg toward the long-planned second phase of construction.
What are we building and renovating in Phase II?
Construction: a new Warren Hall building with updated adult education classrooms, kitchen, fellowship space and exterior patio
Renovations: a handicapped-accessible and restored Evans Chapel with covered walkway linked to rest of campus
An expanded Memorial Garden.
Why are we building?
To make our historic facilities accessible to all and beautiful throughout
To improve special event, fellowship and education opportunities
To enhance facilities that serve the community and promote our local mission of education and serving those with special needs
To serve families losing loved ones with better funeral reception space and an expanded Memorial Garden
How much will Phase II improvements cost?
Projected cost is $4.8 million. In January the congregation approved a capital stewardship campaign to fund it. The congregation is asked to consider prayerfully a three-year commitment over and above current annual giving.
When will construction begin and how long will it take?
Once the church receives pledges and determines the level of financial support, the congregation will vote on whether and how to proceed with construction. Actual construction should take 14 months.
How should I prepare to participate?
Allow God to speak to you through prayer. Read scripture passages that address stewardship and giving such as:
1 Corinthians 16:2, Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 3: 5-9, 2 Corinthians 8:7, Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38 and Psalm 116:12.
If I can’t give a large amount, does my pledge really matter?
Each pledge matters. Our understanding of stewardship is based on the premise: “Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.”
When are we expected to give the amount pledged?
We will unite to submit our commitment cards on Commitment Sunday, May 7, 2017, although pledges will be accepted thereafter as well, especially as new members join. The church will receive donations toward those pledges from May, 2017 through 2020.
What forms of contributions will be accepted?
The church will accept cash and checks as well as the transfer of title to marketable stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.
May I update my commitment after Commitment Sunday?
Yes, you may update your commitment at any time.
Does one have to be a church member to participate?
No. Anyone may contribute to God’s work in our church.