Davidson, NC

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

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The Campaign for a Parish Hall at St. Alban's

 

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From the Clergy

For more than two decades now, the congregation of St. Alban’s has gathered in the name of Jesus on Caldwell Lane in Davidson, thanks to the dedicated work of those who long ago saw the potential for growth. Because of their vision, today we pray together, sing together, learn together, serve together, and share one another’s joys and burdens in a beautiful setting.  


During the pandemic, we found new ways to do all of these ministries. As we longed for the day when we could safely come together again, we felt deep down in our souls how important it would be in the future to gather in person for solidifying friendships, deepening formation, and serving our community. Even as we have grown our capacity to offer quality online worship going forward, we also have a new appreciation for the incarnational nature of our faith. There is something essential and life-giving about being together “in the flesh” in the same space, for worship, formation, and fellowship activities.

For the first time in more than twenty years, we are embarking on a campaign to expand our facilities and, by extension, our ministries. We are proud to announce:

Grow, Gather, Serve: 

The Campaign for a 

Parish Hall at St. Alban’s

As you read through the accompanying campaign materials, notice all the possibilities. We believe God has big plans for us!

We invite you to help us transform this hope for our future into a tangible reality. Will you please consider making a gift that is genuinely sacrificial, and a strong sign of commitment to this parish family? We very much need your participation and cannot fully succeed without it.


We know in our hearts that both the process and the outcome of this campaign will result in a stronger St. Alban’s. When this vision is realized, we will enjoy the fruit of our labor right away, and those who come after us will someday look back in gratitude that we had the courage and the faith to grow, to gather, and to serve.


Yours in Christ,

Carmen+
The Rev. Carmen Germino
Rector

Kevin+

The Rev. Kevin Lloyd

Associate Rector

 
 
From the Committee

We want to provide you with some background, to help answer the question, “Why now?”


Our Committee was initially formed in 2019 as the “Parish Hall Exploratory Committee” The vestry tasked us with exploring the viability of finally building the expansion that was part of the original vision for our facility. Good progress was being made and momentum was being built, but the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 forced us to temporarily pause our work.


The Committee resumed meeting in 2021 and has proceeded prayerfully and thoughtfully, keeping in mind current economic realities and congregational dynamics. In the fall of 2021 members of the Committee began having conversations with some of St. Alban’s most generous pledgers to gauge the level of support for building a new parish hall. Those conversations revealed a high level of excitement and a clear willingness to offer generous financial support for the project.


Given the renewed appreciation for the importance of gathering in person, and the enthusiastic response to the proposal, the Committee has recommended to the vestry that we move forward with this project. We are excited about what God has in store for St. Alban’s, and about the various ways that a new parish hall will enliven and strengthen our common life.

Gratefully,

the Grow, Gather, Serve Committee:

Richard Colven, Eileen Keeley, Allison Kratt, Rhett Mabry, 

Hank Patch, David Pylipow, Alex Slawson, Leslie Urban, 

James Wally, Danny Wiles

 
 

Why a Parish Hall?

St. Alban’s is a vibrant congregation that is well-situated for continued growth into the future. Amid that growth, one of our challenges has been a lack of space for large communal gatherings. The narthex (entry hall) has been the primary indoor gathering space for fellowship events for the past 22 years. As our membership has grown, this space has become increasingly insufficient for many events. A new parish hall would provide us with a space much more conducive to receptions, forums, and allowing for ministries and fellowship opportunities that have not really been possible up until this point.


We are blessed with a relatively flexible worship space that we can adapt for some events, but there are real limits to what we can do there. This, along with a small and less-than-adequate kitchen, restricts our capacity for more frequent gatherings of this type. A new parish hall will provide us with a more flexible and user-friendly space, which will have multiple benefits going forward:

A Place for Table Fellowship

Whenever we want to gather for meals as a parish community, we have had to make do with the nave/narthex and our small kitchen; or move the meals outside. As a result, communal meals have been notably infrequent in our life together. A new parish hall with a larger, commercial-sized kitchen will greatly enhance our ability to break bread together, something that has been essential part of the Christian experience since Jesus himself prioritized it in his own life and ministry.

A Space for Formation

We have done some significant work in recent years to renew our programming for Youth & Family Ministry. In the process we have regularly been challenged by space limitations, with multiple groups competing for overcrowded meeting spaces. A new parish hall would allow St. Alban’s to provide more robust religious education for all ages.

A Homebase for Outreach

Outreach is not just an ecclesiological buzzword at St. Alban’s. We take seriously Jesus’ call to love and serve our neighbors, and we do so near and far. One of the important ways that we do outreach is by generously sharing our space with those who need it. Our buildings are used by various community groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Music @ St. Alban’s, La Escuelita Bilingual Preschool, neighborhood groups, book clubs, and exercise classes, just to name a few. A new parish hall would increase our capacity for this kind of outreach.

A Symbol of Welcome

Building a new parish hall will clearly signal to the wider community that we are a growing and thriving congregation. As such, it would be a tremendous asset for our evangelism efforts. In a time when people are much more likely to “church shop” across denominational lines, they look for signs of congregational vitality. A new parish hall, and the activities it would allow, would become an essential part of attracting new people to St. Alban’s.

 
 

Imagine...

  • a weekly brunch served on Sunday mornings between worship services so that individuals and families can break bread together, building and nurturing lifelong friendships


  • a Lenten Supper series with educational offerings for all ages


  • monthly Red Cross blood drives


  • quarterly Newcomer brunch meetings after church


  • rotating art exhibits featuring local artists


  • a space for youth scavenger hunts, lock-ins, and more


  • increased space for tai chi and yoga classes, 12-step recovery groups, continuing education classes for seniors, and more

partnering with local nonprofit groups to host meetings and events


  • more space for beloved current ministries such as Vacation Bible School, Las Posadas, Cards for Kids, Oktoberfest, and the Shrove Tuesday Supper

These are but a handful of the many ministries that will be possible through

Grow, Gather, Serve.

 
 

While we have not yet begun the design process, there are some things we can share now. After extensive review, we determined that the best location for the Parish Hall is the spot where our playground currently sits. Because our building’s Master Plan envisioned a future expansion there, building in this location will make the process much simpler and more affordable. The playground will be moved to the other side of the lawn, still leaving plenty of green space for parish and preschool activities.


The exterior renderings found in this document are preliminary, but as you can see, the intention is to build a Parish Hall that matches the architectural style of our current building. When it is completed, the Parish Hall should look as if it has always been there. The Parish Hall will be connected to the rear entrance of the main building by a short covered walkway.

The interior will include a large, open space of approximately 3,550 square feet, as well as a commercial-sized kitchen (roughly 965 square feet) plus restrooms and storage. Specific features will be determined by the funds available. The Committee envisions a very attractive and useful space inside and out, but we also must be judicious about the project budget.

 
 

How Can This Campaign Succeed?

The time has come to enlarge our physical space, so that we might also enlarge our mission and ministries. This vision is achievable now and will be funded through a combination of savings, additional mortgage, and your generous contributions to the Grow, Gather, Serve campaign.


The overall estimate for the project is $2,400,000. In consultation with our Finance Committee and Vestry, we have determined that we can prudently put $400,000 of our current savings toward the project and still have a healthy cushion. We have also determined that we can responsibly take on up to $800,000 in additional mortgage. Thanks to careful stewardship and a recent large gift toward our current mortgage, we are confident that this is a conscientious way to help fund the project.


That leaves $1,200,000 left to raise from the congregation and friends of St. Alban’s. We are thrilled to share that in early conversations with some of our parishioners, we have so far received over $900,000 in commitments to the project. We are already well on our way to meeting our goal, and we will get there with your help!

 
 
 

Here's what we are asking of you.

Here’s what we are asking of you. Look through this document. Talk with members of the Campaign Committee. Ask your questions. No professional fundraisers will be calling on you, but the Committee and the Vestry are excited to discuss the project with you. 


If you would like to set up a meeting for further conversation, contact Committee member Richard Colven at richard@colven.org.

 
 

We are asking each household to 

make a pledge that will be paid 

over three years. 

 
 


What is a capital campaign, and how is it different from our annual pledge commitment? 

Our annual pledges fund the daily operations of the church through staff salaries, utilities, maintenance, parish life, etc. We make pledges every year so we can establish our annual operating budget and run the ministries of the church. A capital campaign is a special event in the life of a parish which seeks to address specific large financial expenses outside of the annual operating budget. A commitment to the Grow, Gather, Serve campaign is in addition to your annual pledge, not in place of it.


What amount should I give? What if I am not able to make a major gift? 

To reach our goal, we will need many gifts of all sizes. For example, we have already received pledges ranging in size from $150,000 to $1,500 with most falling somewhere in between. Those who are capable of a larger gift should give a larger gift. Those who are capable of a smaller gift should give a smaller gift. Your gift will make a difference, no matter the size.


What is the timeframe for paying my pledge? 

Pledges are payable over three years. While some may opt to pay their pledge in full now, any variation over three years is acceptable.


Can I give stock? 

Yes, you can give stock for your Grow, Gather, Serve pledge. The process is arranged with the Finance Director, Erin Garrett: erin@saintalbansdavidson.org.


Can I make a pledge after the campaign is over? 

 The Grow, Gather, Serve campaign will culminate on The Feast Day of Saint Alban: June 22, 2022. At that point, the vestry will determine if our goal was met, allowing us to move forward with the next phase of the project. If we fall short of our goal, we will not be able to continue, so we need your pledge by June 22. However, if the project moves forward, new pledges will continue to be accepted at any time.


Will any of the money raised through the Campaign be subject to diocesan assessment? 

No, only operating income is factored into our annual contribution to the Diocese.


Can I change my pledge? 

While we understand if extenuating circumstances arise, keep in mind that our project plans are based on the pledges we receive.


Are gifts to the Grow, Gather, Serve Campaign tax deductible? 

Yes!


May I make a gift in honor or memory of someone? 

Absolutely! Please indicate this on your Grow, Gather, Serve pledge form. The Grow, Gather, Serve Committee will decide how gifts made in someone’s honor or memory will be publicly acknowledged.


What is the status of the Church’s current mortgage? 

Thanks to an excellent interest rate, diligence in making our payments, and a very generous gift that was recently received toward the principal, we have reduced our mortgage substantially compared to several years ago. Our current mortgage balance stands at around $540,000. The Finance Committee is comfortable taking on a responsible amount of additional debt, to further our mission.

 

                                                                                                  Renderings are preliminary

 
 

You can make your pledge to Grow, Gather, Serve: the Campaign for a Parish Hall at St. Alban's, by filling out an online pledge form. Simply click the green button and follow the prompts. There are also paper pledge cards available in the narthex.