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BUILDING ON OUR FIRM FOUNDATION
GROSSE POINTE MEMORIAL CHURCH
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Dear Members and Friends:
On April 28 we kicked off our 150th Anniversary Capital Campaign, Building on our firm foundation, with a combined service of worship, a ceremonial groundbreaking on our first project, and an all-church brunch. It was a fantastic celebration of our congregation and we are thankful for everyone who helped with the event, whether by planning or attending. It was clearly a banner day for our congregation.
Each and every one of us stands in the position of receiving a legacy from those who came before us. Our spiritual inheritance, through Christ and the faith of the church, is already substantial. At Grosse Pointe Memorial Church we also possess a considerable physical inheritance in our building and property. Such legacies prompt all of us to ask, “How do I honor what I have received and build upon it for those who come after me?” This capital campaign is our answer to that question as we seek to honor the past, celebrate the present, and secure the future of our light by the lakeshore. It came about after years of conversation and study about a variety of capital projects around the church, and after encouragement by the Trustees and approval by the Session. We have an ambitious and hopeful list of projects that we want to tackle in the coming years. Thankfully we come to this day with an excitement about our community of faith and renewed strength for the work ahead.
While capital campaigns are directed at the goal of raising financial capital, they are ultimately about more than that. In the case of congregational campaigns, they are nothing without the spiritual capital whose interest is built upon the principal laid down by Jesus Christ. Our campaign theme, Building on our firm foundation, explicitly highlights this basis we have in Jesus Christ. This means that we look to do more than just raise money. We are seeking to build up the “dwelling place for God” about which Paul writes in Ephesians 2: 13-22. In other words, our capital campaign should strengthen us spiritually, as a church and as individuals. Therefore the success of a campaign is gauged not just by a record of financial gifts to the campaign but by the extent to which it serves as an expression of our faith and a positive contribution to all facets of the life of the church.
As is often the case with capital campaigns, our current effort is geared toward physical projects related to our building and property. This, too, is part of our spiritual life. For the buildings in which we worship and serve are part of our worship of God. The condition they are in, the welcome they provide, the use for which they are shaped and purposed are all a witness to our faith and God's glory as seek to be a place of peace, a space for grace, and to welcome to all those who join us along the pilgrim way so that we might all grow together into a dwelling place for God.
To help answer questions and teach one another about the foundation we seek to strengthen and build upon at GPMC, we have three capital-campaign related offerings during the Middle Hour on April 28 and May 5. Starting at 10:10, docents will be available at the entrance to the Carillon tower (3rd Floor), in the Sanctuary, and in the Second Floor Lounge. They will be there to give tours of our Carillon, education about our stained glass windows and more information about the campaign, respectively.
No matter how you prefer to get your communications, we will do our best to share with you regarding our needs, hopes, and plans for the future. From email, to the website, bulletin, Carillon, mailings, and more, you should not want for lack of information. I am thankful that the Capital Campaign Steering and Advisory Committees have been able to underwrite and offset many of our pre–campaign costs. Thanks to their spirit and services, the budget for our campaign promotion is less than one percent of our campaign goal.
Every member of our congregation should have received a mailing this week with a brochure about the campaign, a list of frequently asked questions, and a pledge card. If you are a member of GPMC who did not receive a letter or if you are a friend of GPMC who would like to support this important campaign, you can make your pledge online by using the link at the toward the top of this page. We look forward to receiving all pledges by June 1. As you consider your gift, do remember that the significance of an offering lies not in its size but in the faith that lies behind it. Members and friends are asked to give according to their means and not in comparison to others. Every gift will be different because each giver has unique personal circumstances. What matters is that every member supports this effort.
I pray that all of you will make prayerful consideration of your offering for the 150th Anniversary Capital Campaign: Building on our firm foundation. What we are led to do in this moment will directly impact not just future generations of our congregation but also our congregational life for the next few years. I firmly believe that the spiritual and personal capital with which we are blessed, combined with this infusion of financial capital, will position us to embrace our present and future with increased vigor and vitality. With Christ as our cornerstone and the foundation laid for us by previous saints I trust that what we will build together will be a wonderful witness to God’s grace and of welcome to others.
Grace and peace,
Peter J. M. Henry
The 150th Anniversary Capital Projects
Stained Glass Windows
• Remove, Repair, Reinforce, Reinstall
• Repair steel frame that holds bells
• Rewire connections to console
• Rehang existing bells
• Add new and final bell (the largest)
‘BACK 40’ Expansion and Enhancement
• Expand Space for Worship
• Level Ground
• Add Playscape
• Improve Children’s Garden
• Develop the Lakeside Promenade
Outreach: Habitat for Humanity
• 3 Habitat Houses in 3 Years
• Expand capacity by approx 250 niches
• Wiring for lights
• Bathroom in narthex
Crib and Toddler Wing
• Update & renovate
• More secure and welcoming
Fellowship Hall and Youth Recreation Space
Capital Endowment Funds
The 150th Anniversary
Capital Campaign Committee
Campaign Co-chairs: Don Ditmars and Lisa Mower Gandelot, Pastor Peter Henry
Capital Campaign Committee: Tim Butler, Mary Kay Crain, Cynthia Ford, David Hempstead, Kathy Kurap, Scott Rice and Lynn Wood
Advisory Committee: Peter Dow, Joe Kaiser and Dick Strowger
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