The Case for Long-Term Investment "In This Place"

“Celebrating Christ and serving community at 6th and Lincoln and around the world.”

Since 1900 our campus at Sixth and Lincoln has been the focal point for FPC’s ministry and mission. It is here, in this place, in the heart of downtown Bloomington that we worship and study as a congregation, welcoming and encouraging others to join our ministry of service.

The Need: The Session has found five capital projects critical to sustaining and expanding FPC’s ministry each of which strengthens outreach and mission, fellowship, hospitality, worship, and the stewardship of our campus home.

Reaching Out Beyond This Place –Matt 25:40: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these … you did it to me.”—Mission Component: Reflecting our concern for others in God’s world, we will support capital projects addressing poverty in Bloomington – helping establish a new detox center and enhancing MCUM’s preschool facilities; in West Virginia – providing roofs for poor families; and in the impoverished village of Posoltega, Nicaragua – for projects to be selected in collaboration with our sister-church partner, the Jesus of Nazareth Parish: $100,000. Work has nearly been completed on the planned renovation project in Posoltega.

Fellowship, Hospitality, and Mission –Matthew 25:42 “I was hungry and you gave me food” —Kitchen Renovation: Our kitchen serves many constituencies but lacks sufficient electrical outlets, sanitization, preparation space and other basic amenities to make it function safely and efficiently. There are very few aspects of our ministry that do not rely on the kitchen in some way. Estimated cost: $100,000.

Hospitality and Accessibility – Psalm 133:1 “How very good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters come together in unity.” – Walker Hall Elevator: Whether a young family trying to navigate a stroller to Walker Hall, someone with a disability, or an older person in a wheelchair, using a walker or requiring south side accessibility to the sanctuary, it is presently impossible to move within parts of the building without negotiating stairs. To be more of an open and inclusive congregation, accessibility is paramount. Estimated cost of an architectural study: $25,000.

Our Church Home –1Kings 8:13 “I have built you an exalted house, a place for the Lord to dwell.”— Roof Replacement. The time has come for our 1990 roof. Estimated cost: $75,000.

Worship –Psalm 100:1 “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” – The Organ: As the Organ Task Force Report of 2014 states: “Our 1965 Austin pipe organ is failing.” FPC is blessed to have a resonant sanctuary and is uniquely located near one of the few organ music programs in the country. Contract value for a Paul Fritts mechanical-tracker organ, to begin August 2016: $1,075,000.

In sum, the total capital fund raising requirement is $1.375 million.