Shaping our Future

PROJECT UPDATES

Talk on How a Pipe Organ is Made (10/10/2018) - This past Sunday our organ builder, Dan Garland, came to visit and give St. Peter's insight into how a pipe organ is made. In his talk, he described what the pipes are made of, how they are voiced, and even the parts of the pipe. We learned pipes have body parts - a toe, a foot, and a mouth.  Our organ will be the 53rd new instrument that Garland has designed and installed. It will have 26 ranks, that is 7 more than our current organ. Every rank has 61 pipes which correspond to the 61 keys on the console. ... read more →
Another Design Meeting (9/14/2018) - The Facilities and Oversight Committees met again with BBA-A on September 4th to finalize paint and flooring options and review preliminary cost estimates. We are excited that the process is moving along. There will be more tough decisions to come as we work through budget constraints, but we are confident that the end result will be a rich enhancement to the beauty and functionality of our spaces.       
Second Design Meeting with BBA-A (8/21/2018) - The Facility and Oversight Committees took a field trip to Preston Hollow United Methodist Church for the second design meeting with BBA-A last Wednesday evening. We were able to view paint color, lighting, and flooring options in a real world setting. The tour began in the kitchen where there were stainless steel finishes much like what we are planning to do. They had a small stained glass window featured behind the counter that was back-lit showing off all it's beautiful colors. We hope to relocate some of our stained glass window panels that are at the back of the sanctuary ... read more →

CAMPAIGN PURPOSE

Shaping Our Future will help strengthen our community at St. Peter’s, enable us to welcome new members, enhance our worship and Christian formation, and give us new possibilities for outreach efforts.

Organ

This key element of our worship attracts choir members of all ages, prospective members, and Music & Arts events. It is time to build a capable organ that will enhance our worship and last into the future.

Facilities

Our goal is to brighten up the parish hall, update the bathrooms, paint, add new flooring throughout, renovate the kitchen, and expose our stained glass panels out in the narthex. These projects will give us new possibilities for Christian formation, fellowship, and outreach.

Columbarium

In addition to creating enhanced landscaping around a beautiful, private meditative garden, this area can also provide an outdoor chapel for celebrating many stages of life. It is the first phase in a columbarium project being considered for our future.

Stability

 To prepare for future needs and unexpected repairs, we must set aside funds, thus ensuring capital is available when it is eventually needed. The stability portion of the campaign addresses the requirement for financial preparedness.

CREATIVE GIVING

Want to be involved but not sure how? Are you enthusiastic about giving to this vision, but not sure where to start? Here are some creative ways to help allocate or free up resources so you can be a part of Shaping Our Future:

DECREASE

Want to be involved but not sure how? Are you enthusiastic about giving to this vision, but not sure where to start? Here are some creative ways to help allocate or free up resources so you can be a part of Shaping Our Future:

DELAY

Are there plans you might be making that involve a financial commitment? If so, prayerfully ask God about delaying those plans and using the extra income to contribute.

DO MORE

Often, there are creative ways to save money. Maybe it has been a while since you got a quote for an existing service (i.e., cell phone or cable service). Perhaps you could do some extra comparison or bargain shopping to save funds. For your kids, it could be as easy as saving extra change to give.

DONATE

A great way to contribute is to give existing assets. Giving your assets to the church and letting us sell them eliminates potential capital gains taxes and may increase after-tax proceeds. Please contact the church for more guidance before committing an asset gift in order to determine its viability for liquidation.

RESPONDING WITH GENEROSITY

Not equal giving, but equal sacrifice.

God has blessed each of us in different ways, both spiritually and materially. We recognize that every member cannot and should not give the same dollar amount. It is not equal giving, but equal sacrifice, that matters. Because the Shaping Our Future campaign runs for three years, consistent giving will compound into a dramatic impact. This chart shows how your gift can help make the impact we believe God is expecting of us.

Typical commitments you can make
over a three-year period:

PLEDGE NOW

In celebration of God’s vision for our future, and as an expression of faith,
I/we joyfully commit to the Shaping Our Future campaign over and above our annual pledge.

SHAPING OUR FUTURE PLEDGE
My/Our Total 3-Year Commitment Is:
Given:
ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP 2018
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