What does St. Paul mean to you?

In considering if we should move forward with a capital campaign at St. Paul United Methodist Church, we asked this question during our brainstorming session “why should we commit to a capital campaign for an HVAC system and maintenance of the grounds and building? In order to answer this question it seems important to know….What does St. Paul mean to each of us? “

Obviously, St. Paul is first and foremost where we come to connect with God, to seek His word and to grow in Christ. But St. Paul is so much more…. for some, it’s been their church home for years, for others that are newer to the church it is a place where they come to hear God’s word in the fellowship of others and have felt accepted and welcomed. It is a place where some grew up in the MYF youth group and made memories and developed the foundation of their faith today. It is a place where mission and outreach are priorities, where care bears are handmade by the Women of Worship, luncheons and fundraisers are held to support numerous missions. It’s a place for the St. Paul choir to rejoice with their songs of praise. It is a place where the young adults in the church want to raise their children and grandchildren. It’s a place where Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts learn to serve God, Family, Community and their Country. Weddings, baptisms, funerals, confirmations, epiphanies, friendships, laughter, tears, all of these amazing events happen right here under the roof of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

So what does this have to do with heating and cooling, maintenance, and keeping up the appearance of the church buildings and grounds? It has everything to do with it. These are exactly the reasons why we must commit to a successful capital campaign.

Imagine attending service with no air in the summer or no heat in the winter. We are running on an HVAC system that is over 50 years old. The average life of an HVAC system is 20 years old. Every time our system goes down, there is a risk that it won’t be revived. If that happens, we would not be able to offer services in the heat of the summer or the bitter cold of winter. Without services, there is no St. Paul. Historically churches have closed for failing to have a working HVAC system.

Why is it important to maintain and update the church buildings and grounds? Keeping the buildings and grounds working and inviting are imperative to the future of St. Paul. This area has lots of churches, many of them are perhaps newer buildings, but none of them have the beauty and majesty that St. Paul has. It’s a gorgeous jewel tucked in the middle of a community full of potential followers.

Now we all know that the church is not the building, nor the land that it sits on, but the church lies in the hearts and spirits of its members. Yet, if we do not have a place for community worship, gatherings, celebrations, fundraising events, funeral dinners, baptisms, vacation Bible School, how do we serve the Lord? How do we fulfill our mission, how do we succeed at sharing God’s word and bringing those who do not yet know Christ or those who desire a more intimate relationship with Christ into His light? We need St. Paul and St. Paul needs us. It’s time for us to understand that without the physical presence of the buildings and grounds, our mission work would not be successful, there would be no Vacation Bible School or Christmas Cantatta, there would be no luncheons, or craft days, no funerals, weddings or baptisms. If we wish to continue to “Be the Church, Grow in Christ and Spread the Word” then each and everyone of us must commit to participating in a capital campaign that will keep this property a viable and flourishing part of this community, a place where our children and generations to come can worship and continue to carry on the mission and legacy of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

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St. Paul United Methodist Church Capital Campaign

Preserving the physical integrity of St. Paul United Methodist Church as a
foundation of faith and missions in our community
United Methodist Children’s Home • UMM • Sweet Sounds • Angel Tree
SPUMC Helping Hands • UMCOR • The Heifer Project • Women Of Worship
COR Youth Group • Salvation Army Toy Collection • Cap ‘n Mitten Tree
Hickerson Scholarship • Operation Blessing • SPUMC Worship Choir • Lessie
Bates Davis Neighborhood House • Gideon Sunday • Living The Adventure Ministry Bounty Sunday
• Easter Baskets • CRAVE • More Jesus Time • St. Paul Hand Bell Choir • Children’s, Youth & Adult
Sunday School • Oasis Women’s Center • Small Group Bible Study • Community Hope Center •
Worship in the Park • Oasis Blankets Roxana @ Risk Toy Collection • Tuesday Crafts & Cards •
Traditional Worship Awakening • March To The Manger • St. Paul Annual Senior Luncheon • Home
to Boy Scout Troop 777 & Cub Scout Pack 3030 • Funeral Dinners Weddings • BaptismsHappy
Bears • St. Paul Christmas Cantata • TWIGS • Vacation Bible School • Fall Festival • Rummage Sale
• School Supply Collection • Prayer Walk • Delta Theta Tau Cheeseballs • Community Helpings
Produce Co-op • Resource for local homeless • Human Relations Day • Scout Sunday • Coat &
Shoe Collection for Children • Mid-West Mission Distribution Center • Blue & Gold Banquet • Eagle
Scout Ceremony • Community Thanksgiving Worship Service • Meals on Wheels