From Our Pastors
Sisters and brothers in Christ,
As you know, our congregation made a bold decision in April to undertake long-delayed repairs to our church building and to borrow up to $3 million to do that. We are excited to report that the project is gathering pace and here is the latest.
Repairs to heating/cooling, lighting, signage and miscellaneous
- A construction contractor was engaged in October and work is expected to start in January on replacing our old and inefficient heating/cooling system with a more efficient one; replacing inefficient lighting with a more efficient type; upgrading outside signage; and replacing floor coverings and paint in the hallways and office areas. Roof repairs also may be needed.
- Plans have been submitted to the City of Austin for review and permit approvals are expected by the end of the year.
- Utility cost savings alone will pay for the new lighting in just over two years.
Renew, Restore and Rejoice
- In October we launched a capital fund-raising campaign called “Renew, Restore and Rejoice” to pay off our loan for the repairs in 3 years. At the April congregational meeting, members indicated an interest in limiting our debt.
- Kirby-Smith Associates has been retained to partner with us in the campaign. Kirby- Smith will provide a spiritually-based capital campaign that strengthens our relationship with Jesus Christ while helping us work towards our financial goals.
- The campaign kicked off with Town Hall meetings in October and will continue with individual and group meetings with church members in November – February.
- In March we will have a commitment Sunday.
We invite you to join with us and the rest of the congregation by doing three things:
- Pray for God’s continued blessing on St. Martin’s and our ministry. Enclosed is a prayer card to inspire and guide us in our fundraising.
- Stay informed as we discern how God intends for us to revitalize St. Martin’s.
- Pledge to give generously, both your dollars and yourself, as God has generously given to you.
God’s grace is the new opportunity that is in front of us.
In Christ’s name,
Rev. Peder N. Sandager
Rev. Andrew Dietzel
Purpose of the Campaign
In 2018 our congregation launched a capital fund-raising campaign called “Renew, Restore and Rejoice” to pay off our $2.8 million loan for long-delayed repairs to our church building. Debt retirement cited as a high priority by the congregation when it approved the repairs earlier in 2018.
The following repairs will be done in 2019:
- Replacement of our old and inefficient heating/cooling system with a more efficient one
- Replacement of our chronically leaking roof
- Replacement of inefficient lighting with a more efficient type
- Upgrading outside signage
- Replacement of floor coverings and paint in the hallways and office areas
The fund-raising will take place from 2019-2022.
BENEFITS OF CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
- Pays down debt for funding long-delayed repairs
- Cuts costs of utilities, repairs and maintenance
- Frees up resources for St. Martin’s to carry out its mission in the community – Love, Share and Serve Boldly
- Enables us to be good stewards - of our church, our finances, our resources
WHAT IS BEING ASKED
You are being asked to prayerfully consider giving to the capital campaign to lower or pay off our debt for making long-deferred repairs to our church home. As a steward of God’s gifts, please give as God has given to you, according to your faith and means.
WAYS TO GIVE
You may give in several ways:
• Cash • Assets • IRA’s • Securities
Please fill out a pledge card that is available in several ways:
- Small group meetings during January – February 2019
- Commitment Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Mailout to congregational members in March 2019
- Church office
The 2019-2022 capital campaign is a separate fund-raising effort from our annual stewardship drive to support our operational budget Approximately two years ago the property was marketed for sale. No viable offers were received.
FEBRUARY 24, 2019 - KICK-OFF SUNDAY
Stewardship As Giving
Pledge cards are distributed and a special gathering with food and fellowship is held.
March 3, 2019 - IMPACT SUNDAY
Stewardship As Living
St. Martin’s members give personal testimonies about the impact God has had in their lives through the ministry of our congregation.
March 10, 2019 - COMMITMENT SUNDAY
Stewardship As Commitment
Members are asked to make a financial commitment to the “Renew, Restore, Rejoice” campaign. A festive worship will include special music.
May 1, 2019 - COMMITMENT PERIOD BEGINS
The “Renew, Restore, Rejoice” commitment period begins and runs through April 30, 2022.
We thank you for the past 135 years of ministry that St. Martin’s has provided.
And we ask your continued blessing as we seek to restore our church home. Grant us glad and generous hearts to give that which you have first given us - ourselves, our time, and our possessions.
May your Holy Spirit renew our faith as St. Martin’s discerns how to use our church home to minister to this and future generations.
And help us to rejoice in our mission to love, share, and serve boldly.
All this we pray in Jesus’s name. Amen.