Capital Campaign 2013
Christmas came early to SsAM! The week before Christmas, we received noticifcation of two grants being awared to our Sharing Our Blessings Campaign: Crystal Trust and the Chichester duPont Foundation have both awarded us $25,000, bringing our total in grants to $165,000. Thanks be to God.
NEW: Kitchen Renovation Plans. See below.
“Sharing Our Blessings” is the theme of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew's Capital Campaign.
Our Goal: $1,300,000
Pledged as of February 7: $895,118
Scroll down or click here to see campaign updates.
Your bank account or credit card can be set up to support SsAM with a single transaction or a regular periodic debit. Please contact the church office at (302) 656-6628 for details. If you prefer to use the U.S. Mail, here is a link to a PDF document you can print out and mail in for automatic debiting from your bank account. Details of automatic debiting are explained in some detail. You can also visit the church office in person to set this up.
In the next several weeks you will be hearing more about this exciting adventure of faith that we as a parish are about to embark on together. As the Rector of this amazing faith community, let me say that I am supportive of the campaign and I have committed my own resources to help the parish reach the goal that we have set. I invite you as well to prayerfully consider what you might be able to give to help us reach our goal. I am a firm believer that all of us working and praying together can and will do great things for the glory of God.
Our steering committee consists of Pat Saunders, Geoff and Alice Sawyer, Ben Kiel, Joyce Bembry, Lucia Robinson, Kitty Esterly, Josh Martin, Joe and Karen Johnson, Wanda Smith and Dot Dorsey who have been meeting and working with our consultants from Bloom-Metz. Now we are about to begin the public phase of the campaign. Kay Keenan and Susan Sherk, along with the steering committee, have been immensely helpful and supportive in our desire to improve our kitchen and to restore our organ.
These are exciting times at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew as we are preparing to welcome the Cathedral Choir School and members of the Cathedral congregation to SsAM later this summer and early fall. There are signs all around us that SsAM is growing in spirit and mission as more and more people are coming to be our guests on Sunday morning either for breakfast or to attend our transformative Liturgy. The Holy Spirit is at work in all of us who feel blessed to call this parish home.
Sharing our Blessings is a dynamic theme for a campaign as we continue to strive to be place of welcome and nurture for members and the city of Wilmington. The campaign's goal to renovate the kitchen and the organ will ensure that people will continue to come to SsAM to be fed food for their bodies and their souls for years to come. This will happen if all of us help in whatever way we can to see that we succeed.
I therefore invite each of us to pray for one another, ask God in your prayer how you can help by giving of your time, and your resources to help. I wish to conclude with the campaign prayer:
Gracious Creator, The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew
is composed of people like me; I help make it what it is.
It will be welcoming, if I am welcoming.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if I am a generous giver.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith
with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with
those same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task
of being all the things that I want SsAM to be.
I look forward to sharing with you more as we begin this exciting phase of our life together and I hope you will join me and members of the steering committee as we walk in faith into an exciting, promising future.
The Lord Has Risen, He Has Risen Indeed, Alleluia,
The Rev. David T. Andrews, Jr.,
April 25, 2012
SsAM CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATES
22 FEBRUARY 2013
DRAWINGS OF PLANNED KITCHEN RENOVATION
7 FEBRUARY 2013
Our capital campaign continues to move forward, and we now have $895,118 pledged toward our goal of $1.35 million. You may make campaign payments by check, or for your convenience, you may pay by credit card using the link on the SsAM website. Many thanks to all. A complete list of contributors is in Sunday's Weekly Vision.
Work will begin on the kitchen phase of our two projects on Monday, April 1st. Look for information coming soon about ways you can help prepare for the kitchen renovation. We will be looking for volunteers to help pack up the kitchen so that we don't have to spend parish resources as we prepare for this exciting upgrade to our facilities.
In a recent edition of The News Journal, an article was published telling of the census that is being undertaken to count the number of homeless in the State of Delaware. It noted that Code Purple, which is housed at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, providing hot food and respite from the cold to this population in Wilmington on frigid afternoons and evenings. Because of your contribution to the Sharing Our Blessings campaign, we will be able to provide even more reliable services next year, once the renovation to our kitchen has been completed. You may find a copy of this article on the bulletin board at SsAM, just past the offices.
26 AUGUST 2012
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here to see our answers to frequently asked questions about our capital campaign.
22 JULY 2012
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN SERMON: 7/22/2012 by the Rev. David Andrews. If you want to get more done, speak from the heart, act from the heart. That's one reason we are asking for pledges now for the kitchen and the organ.
11 MAY 2012
Earlier this week, we received good news from the Advance & Development Fund of the Diocese of Delaware. This fund was established for the sole purpose of helping churches of the diocese receive financial assistance though grants and loans tohelp pay for structural repairs to church buildings in need of that repair. We applied for a combination of grant and loan money, knowing that our plea was different than those of many churches with small congregations, little or no endowment and a leaky roof or crumbling walls. Still we pressed on, as we believed that our kitchen and organ, both structural in nature, are vital to the mission and outreach of SsAM.
On May 3, representatives of SsAM, including the Rector, Senior Warden, Kitty Esterly, Tina Betz, Dana Robertson, and our consultants from Bloom Metz made a presentation to the Advance and Development Fund committee in support of our application for funding. The news was positive. The A&D Committee awarded us a grant of $75,000 dollars, and approved a loan/line of credit of $125,000, at low interest, to be paid back over the course of five years. This is not the full amount that we had requested, but it means that the diocese believes that our campaign is important because it supports the mission of our church, which is the heart of who we are. They, too, have limited funds. Many requests for funding are received and the committee must be responsible in seeing that the money they disperse is done so judiciously.
This is one more step in our effort to achieve our campaign goal. With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ and the faith of everyone who believes in the mission of The Episcopal Church of Sts Andrew and Matthew, we will achieve our goal, so that we can continue to be a beacon of hope and of spiritual hospitality for the people in downtown Wilmington.