Campaign FAQ’s

Big Heart. Big Vision. Capital Campaign FAQs, April 2016

We have been hosting Enrichment gatherings for folks to ask questions in person of the campaign co-chairs, Carla Pelster and Leslie Craig, Pastor James, and Pastor Brad. These Enrichment gatherings have taken place with the Deacons, ROMEOs, PWC circle, after services, and in private homes. As a result of those meetings, many questions have been asked and answered and a few new questions have arisen. The FAQs below are meant to answer the additional questions and to share the key information from those meetings with everyone in the congregation.

1. What is our Big Heart. Big Vision. Campaign all about? Our campaign is about investing in the future of The Little Church on the Prairie. It is about building on our faith and the faith of people who came before us, to revitalize our building and ministry for years to come. It is about widening our welcome to people who don’t yet know Christ. It is about growing as a congregation through a deeper understanding of stewardship, community, and faith.

2. How did the projects of our campaign come about? The Session and our ministry teams have spent quite a bit of time evaluating our buildings and programs for ministry. The consulting group, AustinCina, was engaged to help us determine our facilities’ renovation needs and establish costs. The congregation was invited to fill out surveys to give feedback and help establish priorities. Utilizing all of this information, the Session worked to discern the vision to which God is calling us. The recommended projects of our campaign will allow us to be more welcoming, revitalize our building, and invest in future generations of ministry at LCOP.

3. When and how do I pay my pledge? Your three-year commitment to the Big Heart. Big Vision campaign may be paid in weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, or one time gift increments. The three-year gifting period will run from June 2016 through May 2019. You, as a donor, will decide how best to complete your pledge.

4. What if my financial circumstances change? Financial pledges are not legal obligations; however, it is anticipated that members will make their pledges in good faith, and will fulfill these fully. If circumstances change, you may revise your pledge by notifying the church.

5. What if I die expectantly in the next three years; will my heirs be required to fulfill my pledge? No, again you are making a pledge not a legal obligation. Heirs may choose whether or not to complete a pledge made by a family member who passes. However, pledges are not legal obligations to you or your family.

6. I am 70.5 years or older. What are the current rules for gifting from my IRA? Congress has recently voted to make permanent the exclusion from taxable income of up to $100,000 per person, per year, for gifting from an IRA distribution for those 70 1/2 years of age and up. (Previously, this provision was approved on a year-by-year basis – typically at the very last minute of the tax year – so it’s good news that this is now permanent.) The gift can count toward the individual’s required distribution, and, so long as it is gifted directly to the church, it does not count as taxable income to the donor. Anyone considering this gifting method should check with their financial advisor first.

7. Can I gift bonds? Yes. As there are many types of bonds, please check with your financial advisor.

8. What kind of work will take place in Prairie Hall? We will be making it roomier: taking out the stage and spaces on either side to expand length of PH (would still have space for fellowship, deacon, LC, and PS storage, see diagram); moving the non-window hallway wall out 4 feet ( still plenty of room for hallway) and adding windows, allowing natural light in from windows on other side of hall, (see diagram); relocating PH door to face door as you walk into main building between nursery and learning center room (see diagram); installing new floors; updating kitchen appliances.

9. What is being planned for Children’s/Youth ministry? Move the Childrens/Youth ministry to one part of church (right now all over) – We would like this area to be the Prairie Hall wing. At the end of the hallway, past Prairie Hall and the bathrooms (which will also be renovated) is a Learning Center (LC) classroom (49 /50). That classroom would move to between an already existing Learning Center classroom (52/53) and the quilting rooms (56/57). The new LC classroom would be 54/55 (see diagram). The security door would be moved (see diagram). The children/youth ministry would move into the vacated room ( 49 /50) ( see diagram). It is located right before the door to go outside to the playground. We would take advantage of the unused space in the storage closets (which are much bigger than “closets”) adjacent to the room. This room also allows for future expansion. The Children/Youth could also use the space where the stage was removed in the renovation process.

10. What is the Enrichment Group consultant, Marc Rieke doing, how much does he cost, where did the money come from? No one at our church had any idea how to run a capital campaign. A consulting group was used for the last capital campaign in 1995. Marc Rieke has set up the entire structure, schedule, and promotion materials for this campaign. He is well worth the $32,000. He is being paid in 10 month installments of $3,200. This money has come out of the investment fund and will be paid back as money comes into the capital campaign.

11. What about other costs of campaign? $10,000 set aside from campaign for expenses such as all church banquet on 21 May, prayer rock bags, and $3200 from endowment interest for communication materials.

12. Why a 3rd service? If you went to an Enrichment gathering, you saw the campaign video. The video really highlights the generous and loving spirit of LCOP. We want to share this with all of Lakewood and bring new people to the love of Jesus Christ. For many people, a traditional church is a barrier. The 3rd service would be held late afternoon/early evening at the new Harrison Prep. This location of Lakewood is very under served. Session read your surveys, and they clearly stated members wanted the sanctuary to remain unchanged. The cost of adding on to meet the needs of first time churchgoers would be well into the millions of dollars. For $25,000 a year, we can rent the auditorium at Harrison Prep to include to classrooms, chairs, and clean up. Presbytery is offering matching grants up to $25,000 for new ministries. General Assembly also has grants available. The 3 services would come together for Focus Groups, Make a Difference Days, and other all church activities. Imagine LCOP truly sharing the Christ throughout Lakewood!

13. I may not be around to experience LCOP in 2016. Why is it so important for me support this campaign? Quite honestly, none of us know when God will call us home. The capital campaign is an excellent way to leave your legacy at LCOP and the community! Your gifts over the next 3 years would mean that people in our community could continue to know Jesus Christ even after your time on Earth is done. Think of the story of Johnny Appleseed. Instead of planting apple trees for future generations, you will be planting new disciples to spread the love of Jesus Christ with new generations! Jesus left us with The Great Commission:

Matthew 28:16-20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

What will you do to live into The Great Commission?