At Florence United Methodist, we have been called by God to “Touching lives…Making a difference”. Through the work of our congregation in our existing ministries, we take this call very seriously. In 2012, the Visioning team was formed. The Visioning team conducted a demographic survey of our zip code and surrounding communities to identify opportunities of future ministries. In 2014, the Building team was formed. The Building team worked to identify the type of facility that was needed to house the ministries recommended by the Visioning team. FUMC has been in three different locations within Florence, Kentucky, over the years. With each change FUMC has undertaken, our focus has remained the same in the many challenges of the ever changing community – sharing the love of Christ.
Our existing building no longer meets the needs of our existing and future ministries here at FUMC. The congregation voted and approved the plans recommended by the Building team. The following pages answer some possible questions you may have.
We are asking all people of the congregation to consider sacrificially giving to the campaign so that FUMC can remain “Grounded in Faith…Growing to Serve” in order to continue sharing the love of Christ.
What are we building?
We are building a new building that will be connected to our existing building, and redesigning the spaces of our existing building.
Why are we building it?
The existing building of FUMC is no longer able to meet the needs of our current and future ministries that were identified as needs in our ever changing community. In order for FUMC to continue “Touching lives…Making a difference”, we need to expand our spaces to allow for growth of existing and future ministries of our church.
How much will the new facility cost?
The projected price for the construction of the new building and redesign of FUMC’s existing spaces is $2.8 million.
How will we pay for it?
There is already money set aside for the Visioning and Ministry project in the building fund. We hope to raise the rest of the money through this Capital Stewardship Campaign. After all commitments and donations are gathered, we will provide an update to the congregation.
What is a Capital Stewardship Campaign?
A Capital Stewardship Campaign is a church project that seeks pledged donations from people in the congregation to be used in paying for a major construction project; in our case, a new building and redesign of existing spaces.
How much money are we hoping to raise through the Capital Stewardship Campaign?
We are hoping to raise $1.5 million, to be added to the money already in the building fund. This amount is in addition to the regular tithes and offerings that are currently given to meet the needs of our annual budget.
Will I be pressured to make a pledge?
No. Participation in the campaign and how much you give will be entirely up to you. All members and guests will be given the opportunity to contribute if they wish to do so.
How may I prepare to participate?
Allow God to speak to your heart through prayer. Read Scripture passages that speak about stewardship and giving, such as 1 Corinthians 16:2, Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 3:5-9, 2 Corinthians 8:7, Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38, and Psalm 116:12.
How long will my commitment be?
You are asked to make a 3-year commitment.
If I can’t give a large amount, does my pledge really matter?
Absolutely! All pledges matter, regardless of amount, because as we all participate according to our ability, God multiplies our giving.
When are we expected to give the amount pledged?
Pledge cards will be turned in on Commitment Sunday in October, and pledges will begin to be received shortly thereafter.
What forms of contributions will be accepted?
Contributions can be made by cash or check. Other forms of contribution are possible as well.
May I update my commitment after Celebration Sunday?
Yes. You may update your commitment at any time.
Do you have to be a church member to participate in the campaign?
No. Participating in the campaign is a personal decision for each of us, and anyone may contribute to God’s work in our church. We are asking all people of our congregation to be “Grounded in Faith…Growing to Serve”.