Preserve Our Property Campaign
Dear Members, Friends and Neighbors of Pleasantville Presbyterian Church,
God has provided a multitude of blessings for us at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, and one of those special blessings has been our place and space. Our buildings are vital tools of our ministry. They give us a place to be the body of Christ together. Our church is visited by a thousand people each week – and in each of those visits, we have the opportunity to greet people with God’s love, meeting them right where they are.
We’re writing you because we believe it is time to make much-needed upgrades to our church buildings so that we might continue to thrive as a place for our community to find a welcoming presence. To that end, we’re kicking off a capital campaign to fund various renovations. We are counting on your thoughtful support.
Some of this work has already begun. Stained-glass windows and deteriorating window frames are being restored. The Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall, which can get stifling hot in the summer, now have air conditioning. With additional money, we hope to install energy-efficient windows and generally modernize the Christian Education wing, paint the church, fix our ongoing water problems, and more (see the attached list for details).
Our goal is 100% participation in this Preserve Our Property Campaign so together we can meet an ambitious, four-year goal of $500,000. Yes, that’s a lot of money. But up to now, our plan has largely involved fixing whatever happened to break. (Given that the church was built in 1880, that’s a lot of fixes.) We believe it is essential to get ahead of emergency maintenance repairs with a strategy that looks to the future.
The money raised will safeguard the integrity of our four buildings: the Church, the Christian Education Building, the Carriage House and the Manse. We have done our due diligence by commissioning a building conditions survey by the Architect Stephen Tilly, recommending a full list of repairs and upgrades. We’ve prioritized them with attention to safety and infrastructure improvements that will reduce overall energy consumption and make us environmentally green.
Over the years, God has been calling people to work together to make this a special place, where people can find acceptance and love modeled and offered to all. We want to continue to be a place where people can find the changes in life they are seeking. We are so thankful for all the people who have constructed and maintained these buildings over the years. Now it is our turn. Please join us in supporting the Preserve Our Property Campaign—and our continued and essential role in our community by completing and returning the enclosed pledge form.
About the Campaign
Pastor Debbie’s Kick-off Sermon for the Preserve Our Property Capital Campaign:
Peter Eschweiler presents an introductory overview to the Preserve Our Property Capital Campaign.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why initiate a Preservation of Property Campaign now?
We have deferred the maintenance of our buildings for a number of years, concentrating on immediate repairs and individual projects. Now is the time to address the larger projects before they become more costly. Our annual operating budget doesn’t cover major projects. Income from our Endowment Fund will help us begin to fund these projects but would not cover all costs.
For more information, see the full report created by Stephen Tilly, Architect.
How much money do you hope to raise?
Our goal is to raise $500,000 over four years from members, friends, and people who share our space. This will fund our five year capital improvement program.
Why raise money for our buildings when there’s such a great need to fund mission work?
Capital fundraising and mission outreach will exist side by side; we’re not stepping back from our commitment to mission work. Consider that our Church, Christian Education Building, Carriage House and the Manse are all tools of our ministry. We reach hundreds of people each week who are served right here in our buildings. As good stewards of the gifts God has provided to us, we must take care of the properties that are entrusted to us.
Should I redirect my regular giving to the campaign?
No. The needs and purpose of a capital campaign are different from those of an annual stewardship campaign. Stewardship pledges fund ministry, mission, programming and operations. Capital campaigns fund building projects.
How much should I give?
Capital campaigns are often supported through contributors’ savings or appreciated assets. (By contrast, annual stewardship pledges tend to be funded through people’s monthly income.) A good rule of thumb is to give 2 to 10 times your annual pledge, portioned out over 4 years. For example, if you give $5,000 annually, consider giving a donation of $10,000 to $50,000 ($2,500 - $12,500 per year for 4 years). Capital campaigns are most effective when there is a constant flow of cash. Spreading the contributions over 4 years enables that to happen.
Can I give assets other than cash?
Yes. We can help you transfer appreciated stock or other assets.
Are any of the planned projects designed to make our buildings more energy efficient?
Yes. A group called The Daylight Savings Company has toured our buildings and given us recommendations of various things we can do to save energy. We plan to implement the ones with the shortest return on investment period. Others, such as new gas fired boilers, will be considered when our current boilers require service or replacement.
What are the next steps?
The repairs and upgrades are prioritized and ready to begin. We ask that your pledge card indicating your level of support over four years be returned by June 25. We are grateful for your partnership and commitment to Preserve Our Property for us and the generations to come.
Our History of Capital Improvements
Christian Education Building
Sanctuary Reorientation and Rehabilitation
Organ Repair and Enhancement
Men’s Restroom Renovation
Women’s Restroom Renovation
It’s Up To Us!
The Project Matrix as a Five Year Plan
The matrix below gives a summary level indication of the type of projects we will be undertaking, prioritized and spread out over the next five years. We have itemized the projects for the Church, the other buildings are similar – water infiltration, interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades, green initiatives, and building specific repairs.
All of these items were generated by the surveys performed by Steve Tilley, Architect & The Daylight Savings Company.
Campaign Pledge Form
Download the Pledge Form or Submit your Pledge Online!
In support of our five-year capital program to preserve and enhance the beauty, livability and structural integrity of our Church, Christian Education Building, Carriage House and Manse, I/we pledge the following: