Renewing Redeemer Capital Campaign Message

Did you know that the last time we renovated Redeemer it was 1988? How we gather and welcome church and community guests, federal requirements and safety guidelines and technology expectations have all advanced in the past 30 years ago!  

Thus, when the Renewing Redeemer Committee organized to evaluate Redeemer’s facilities they identified five priorities:

  • Create a welcoming gathering space
  • Make internal spaces more multi-purpose
  • Adhere to safety and accessibility requirements
  • Enhance technology where needed
  • Address general Maintenance needs

Over the next two Sundays, January 14 and 21, the committee will walk the congregation through recommended renovations to address these priorities. Please plan to attend these meetings at 9:45 am so that you can learn more about their proposal.

On January 28, the congregation will gather at 9:45 am to vote to explore a capital campaign to fund the renovations. If the campaign is successful and pledges are received to address the cost of the remodeling another vote will occur on May 20 to proceed with the renovations.  

Redeemer is at a very exciting and dynamic time in its ministry. MAP Survey, Listening Sessions and Community meeting this past November revealed that we are in a “Land of Possibilities”. This means that we are a healthy congregation and can take steps of boldness in advancing our mission and ministry. The proposed renovations will make Redeemer more accessible, inclusive, welcoming and inviting and will provide a visual foundation to communicate the inclusion and outreach we wish to show the community.  

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Kris Malkoski, Chairperson, Capital Campaign Committee (CCC)


Renewing Redeemer Capital Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions & Responses

Listed below are some questions that may be asked as our congregational members consider the appeal for a Capital Campaign in support of renovations to update and enhance accessibility and welcoming via our church facilities.  This is not an “all-inclusive” list.  If you have a question that is not on this list, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will secure and answer and update this post to include it.  Thank you!

  1. What will the project as a whole cost?  

We estimate that the renovations to Redeemer will cost approximately $1.4 million.  The Renewing Redeemer committee has been working with Serena Sturm Architects for the past 18 months.  This estimate has been carefully vetted, includes contingency (14% of total cost), our consultant Kairos and Capital Campaign materials, and has been reviewed by Council.

  1. How did we land on $1.4 million?

The Renewing Redeemer committee identified four priorities when considering project scope:  

  1. Creating an accessible & welcoming space for fellowship
  2. Making our internal spaces more multi-purpose
  3. Adhering to safety and compliance requirements
  4. Enhancing technology as needed

The budget addresses these priorities.  The campaign goal is roughly 2x our annual budget which, according to our consultant, is in-line with successful fund raising at other congregations.

  1. Tell me a bit more about the what is included in the renovations.

Please see attached drawings of the proposed changes.  Members of the Renewing Redeemer committee will be glad to review with individuals.

  1. How will the campaign be funded?  

It is our goal to raise the $1.4 million from pledges, which may span up to a 3-year payment schedule.  We will evaluate options like a bridge loan to ensure we can support build out work as pledge money comes in.  Our actual plan will be communicated to the congregation once the capital campaign is complete and we know what has been given and pledged but before we take a congregational vote to begin construction.

  1. Will we do all of the renovations no matter how much money we raise?  How will we handle different outcomes of the capital campaign (raising more or less than goals?)

We have identified the renovations we believe are most important to delivering the priorities of our church’s ministries.  If we raise less money we can discuss as a congregation how to prioritize initial renovation work.  If we raise more money we can discuss additional opportunities that we initially considered or other mission based ministry projects we could pursue.  No decisions will be made without congregational discussion and a vote to proceed.  We project the first of these votes will occur in May 2018.

  1. Is this more than just upgrading bathrooms and doing renovations?

Absolutely! It’s about mission and ministry and addressing the congregational priorities we voiced over the past two years and then reinforced in our MAP survey in November 2017!  Our campaign will reflect the priorities identified by Renewing Redeemer committee and our Listening Phase discoveries and will:

  • Create more flexible, welcoming and inviting Greeting, Meeting and Gathering Spaces
  • Remove facility barriers that hinder people’s involvement or sense of accessibility and inclusion
  • Provide a visual and functional foundation to communicate the inclusion and outreach Redeemer wishes to provide to the community
  1. How does this campaign impact my annual giving to Redeemer’s ongoing ministry?

It doesn’t!  This is a special request to support the renovation at Redeemer is in addition to your regular support of the churches programs, employees and ministry.  It has been over 30 years since a major renovation project has occurred at Redeemer so this requires generous support above and beyond regular giving.

  1. Is everyone being asked to donate?  How much will I be asked to give?

The entire Redeemer congregation will be invited to participate by making a generous gift that is above and beyond their regular giving to Redeemer.  What that looks like in dollar amounts will vary by family as our situations vary.   The Bible measures generosity not by a specific amount but by how the amount you give compares to what you have.  When we consider the impact of this project upon our ability to achieve our goals and priorities and to reach others with Christ’s love, we discover a new measure of generosity.

  1. Can gifts be given/pledged over time?  May I give gifts other than cash?

Yes.  We envision this campaign to be a pledge to be given over a 3-year period.  Gifts like stocks or estate giving may be made as a singular gift or over time.  More details will be coming when we officially launch the capital campaign in early April, 2018.

  1. 10. What if I give to this campaign but we don’t receive $1.4M in pledges?  Can I rescind my pledge?  

We are asking each family to give what they are able and to be faithful to their pledge regardless of where the project pledges net out.  This is not a competition of giving what you are able to give, only if others give.  This is about being thoughtful about the needs of the church, asking God to guide you and then pledging and giving what you are able to give.

  1. 11. Why are we doing this at this time?

Redeemer is at a very exciting and dynamic time in its ministry.  MAP Survey, Listening Sessions and our Community Leader Gathering this past November revealed that we are in a ministry category described as a “Land of Possibilities.” This means that we are a healthy congregation and can take steps of boldness in advancing our mission and ministry.  We have recently updated our Mission, Vision and intended Outcomes to grow as a congregation.  The Capital Campaign to renovate Redeemer will make our church more accessible, functional, welcoming and inviting and will provide a visual foundation to communicate the inclusion and outreach we wish to accomplish in serving the community.  Did you know it has been over 30 years since any major renovations have been made at Redeemer?

  1. 12. Why do we need a ramp when we have an elevator?

A ramp is a way to provide safe access into the east entrance of our church.  It keeps us accessible to all when the elevator needs repairs.  Finally, a ramp allows us to easily get larger items (e.g. caskets, carts) into the church.

  1. 13. Why not simply update fixtures, furniture, flooring and re-paint?  Wouldn’t this make our facility more welcoming and cost less?

Redeemer needs enhanced gathering space for fellowship and socialization.  The utility, flow, aesthetics and accessibility should reflect Redeemer’s mission, ministries and outreach to the community as a Welcoming Church to all.  The entire physical and visual environment should work together to project our values and purpose.  We also want our spaces to be multi-purpose use as offices, classrooms, meeting rooms for internal and external groups or storage.  This utility will extend to fixtures, utility and design of furniture.  More than simply painting and new carpeting is needed to address these needs.

  1. 14. What technology changes will be included?

Technology changes will address appropriate security for the entrances, lower level and exterior and will include equipment to enhance communication and learning tools.

  1. 15. Is there a Phase 2 and what would that include?

No, there isn’t.  Serena Sturm, the architectural company that helped us develop our plans, looked at the entire building when they developed initial plans.  The Renewing Redeemer committee chose the most pressing needs to include in this campaign.  

  1. 16. How does the renovation serve the surrounding community?

Redeemer is proud that we are able to provide support for the community through PADS, HCS Family Services Events, and provide a venue for programs like AA and Al-Anon, NAMI and others.  These renovations will allow us to enpand our outreach to others in the community and will provide even higher quality engagement for our parishioners and community participants.  For example, a family bathroom will allow family caregivers of the opposite sex support their wheelchair bound relative to utilize the restroom.  It will also allow flexibility for PADS bathroom needs.

  1. 17. Will construction impact Redeemer’s ability to host PADs?

Right now, the construction timeline assumes that our work is completed by the end of April 2019, prior to the summer hosting of PADs at Redeemer.  If construction lasts longer or changes timing we are confident we can “trade” months of hosting PAD’s with other local area churches who participate in the program.  This has happened in the past when a church is not in a good position to host the program.

  1. 18. Will we lose PADs beds as a result of the renovations?

The renovations will actually allow us to increase the number of PAD’s beds that we can provide from 52 beds today to 56 beds after the renovations are complete.

  1. 19. What is the timing of the campaign and renovation work and when will the congregation be involved in decision making?

We will not move forward until there is active support and endorsement of the congregation.  Here is our planned timeline:

  • January 28, 2018 – Congregational vote to proceed with the Capital Campaign
  • April 8, 2018 – Capital Campaign publicly launches and continues for four weeks, with an April 29th Celebration Sunday
  • May 20, 2018 – Based on the results of the Capital Campaign congregation votes on scope of Redeemer renovations and to proceed with construction
  • June – August, 2018 – Preparation of construction documents and bidding
  • September – October, 2018 – Construction bids reviewed and selected.  Presentation made to congregation on contract selection and cost.
  • November 2018 – April 2019 – Construction Underway
  • Summer 2019 – Dedication
  1. 20. What is the history of Capital Campaigns at Redeemer?

In the mid-1950’s the land at First and Park (our current location) was purchased and our sanctuary and fellowship hall were built.  Financial details are not available.  In 1988 the congregation approved a $1.3 million addition to Redeemer, including classrooms, meeting places, offices and an elevator, utilizing pledges and a generous loan from a congregational member.  The loan was repaid within 2 years.  We have not had a major capital campaign in the past 30 years.

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