Family, Faith, and Future
We at Church of the Holy Comforter are blessed to have one of the most beautiful church campuses in the diocese. Our parishioners built this campus generations ago. Their sacrifices built our heritage. Now it is our turn to grow our faith, family, and future for generations to come.
Based on the Feasibility Study results, which included parishioner feedback through surveys and interviews, we have determined that the Growing Our Faith, Family, Future campaign scope will focus on four main components: debt retirement, solarization of the campus, relocation and enhancement of the choir room, and stewardship of the physical plant.
1. Debt Retirement
Anticipated Cost: $800,000
The Phase III campaign (completed in 2012) raised $3.38 million, with total project costs of $4.18 million. This resulted in a current parish debt of $800,000. The overall goal is to be a debt free congregation and free up our debt payments so funds may be used for ministry. Once the current mortgage is paid off, Holy Comforter will have approximately $54,000 in freed up funds annually. This savings is essential in planning for faith, family, and future.
$54,000 ANNUAL SAVINGS X 20 YEARS = $1,080,000 TOTAL SAVINGS
2. Solarize the Campus
Anticipated Cost: $550,000
Installing solar panels on the Holy Comforter campus will ensure that our parish uses clean energy, aiding in taking care of God’s creation. This initiative will also help in achieving the diocese’s goal, which was adopted by our Vestry, of reducing Holy Comforter’s carbon footprint 50% by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2045. In addition, solarization will cut our electric bill up to 80% for an approximate savings of $500,000 or more over 25 years. A lead gift of $400,000 to $425,000 has been committed for the dedicated purpose of solarization.
A lead gift of $400,000 to $425,000 has been committed for the dedicated purpose of solarization.
3. Relocate and Enhance the Choir Room
Anticipated Cost: $100,000
Music at Holy Comforter is offered to the glory of God. We understand that music has the power to reach people on an emotional and visceral level that goes beyond the spoken word. Our choir room has been outgrown and more space is required for current and future needs. We envision relocating the choir room to the third floor, which would double the choir area as well as allow for improved acoustics and add appropriate robing and music storage. A dedicated office for the Minister of Music would also be created
4. Stewardship of the Campus
Anticipated Cost: $200,000
Holy Comforter envisions refreshing and increasing funding for our campus maintenance plan to preserve and maintain the parish campus for its current and future use and operation. This portion of the campaign would provide the foundation that Holy Comforter needs to fund various improvements, restorations, and maintenance on the physical space that God has provided to our parish through our generous parishioners
Projects and Goal:
The goal of the Growing Our Faith, Family, Future campaign is to raise $1,250,000 in honor of our 125th anniversary. Priority components of this endeavor will focus on debt retirement, solarization, relocation and enhancement of the choir room, and stewardship of the physical plant.
Updated information on the campaign will continue to be added in the coming weeks. Please continue to check back!
At Holy Comforter, our mission is to help our community and world know the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ.