Every Generation Faithful Together is the VISION to enhance and expand our campus, extending our mission for the church, school, and community. St. Paul Lutheran Church and School brings us together in Christ’s love. Together, we can impact future generations.

Through every chapter of our long journey together, St. Paul members have been faithful stewards by equipping every generation to live rooted in Jesus. We are committed to building on that past as we look ahead to an exciting future.

Give Today, Change Tomorrow

The vision for this project is to enhance and expand our campus to extend our mission for the church, school, and community. Toward that vision, Every Generation Faithful Together is working to secure gifts and pledges to address two critical needs:

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To create an expanded learning environment to meet increasing demand for excellent Christ-centered education.

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To provide dedicated space for vibrant church ministries and fellowship.

We invite you to browse through this information. As the campaign progresses, updates will be posted to this site. You are encouraged to check back for additional information.

What we enjoy today was faithfully provided by previous generations. We, in turn, graciously add our gifts to theirs, providing for the future of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 Ephesians 3:20-21

Prayer

Almighty God, together as the faithful community of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, we give thanks to You for calling us to worship, study, and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We thank You for the gifts of faith and fellowship; especially for those who through Your guidance prepared the way for us – for their vision, commitment, worship, devotion, and service to our Church and School.

Holy Spirit, guide us to boldly meet this ministry opportunity with courage, love, and steadfastness to enhance Your Kingdom now and for future generations.

We ask this in the Name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Mission

What is the overall mission of St. Paul? How does this ministry expansion fit?

The mission of St. Paul is to equip every generation to live rooted in Jesus. The means to accomplish this are through God’s word, staff, lay people, and physical resources. Moving forward with sufficient and well-organized facilities will enable us to continue to serve our members, school families and community.

What are the specific key goals of this project?

The goals of this project are to create an expanded learning environment to meet increasing demand and to create dedicated space for church ministries and fellowship.

What is the School perspective on class size?

St. Paul is committed to keeping class size reasonable for both student and staff benefit. The strong sense of intimacy is important to maintain along with keeping high standards for learning. As we grow/maintain enrollment, we need to hold true to our vision of being Focused on Excellence…Centered on Christ.

How will the church ministry benefit from this project?

The ability to dedicate space back to church ministries will allow Bible studies, group meetings, and fellowship to thrive. St. Paul enrollment has grown significantly given the high demand for christian education. In order to accommodate additional students and classes, many spaces on our campus are doubling as classrooms (eg. the youth room, library, undercroft). Further, the conceptual plans would consolidate all pre-K classes to the new building, freeing up the current pre-K rooms off the Family Life Center for other ministry purposes.

Timeline

When did we start to evaluate options for the campus?

In 2019, the St. Paul Church Council approved the creation of a Building Committee and gave permission to start looking at our need for additional space due to an increase in student enrollment, as well as increasing ministry opportunities in the church. The Committee includes the principal (Michael Yurk), assistant principal (Dauna Werner), chairperson of the Board of Parish Properties (James Lindsay), Director of Finance (Jason Hasenstein) and three congregational members (Dave Scherzer, Wayne Wiertzema, David Schmidt – all present or former Board/Council members). This Committee began meeting in late 2019. Throughout the past four years, this Committee has met with Groth Design Group and Catalyst Construction to create conceptual drawings and to estimate price points for an expansion project that would meet the needs of the congregation and school, while also examining what improvements would be required for the south wing if no build took place.

When is the campaign to raise funds for this project?

In April of 2023, the Voters Assembly approved moving ahead with a capital campaign to fund the ministry expansion project. The campaign theme is Every Generation Faithful Together. This vision statement grows from our mission of “Equipping Every Generation to Live Rooted in Jesus.” It calls us to be faithful stewards of our campus, enabling St. Paul to continue serving future generations. The campaign inspiration Bible verse is “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

When did we do the last capital campaign?

In 2011, St. Paul did a capital campaign to refurbish the gymasium and renovate the sanctuary (Extending the Kingdom).

Why did we hire a consultant?

In April 2023, the Voters Assembly approved hiring a consultant to provide the expertise and guidance of an experienced fund-raising consultant to assist St. Paul in conducting a successful capital campaign. We have used consultants in our previous campaigns as well.

When will construction begin? How long will this take?

The construction timetable will depend in part upon the generosity of donors and how quickly the funds are raised. The architectural and construction timeframe is estimated at 18-24 months. Construction work would ideally commence following the conclusion of the school year in June 2024 to minimize the impact on school operations.

Costs

Did we consider renovation and repair of the South wing vs. a new building?

Yes, the building committee explored a building renovation option. If no expansion takes place, the south wing has necessary improvements including updated heating and air conditioning, roof replacement, new windows in classrooms, and refurbishing of bathrooms to make them ADA compliant. The cost estimate for these renovations was $2.1M.

How much will a new building cost?

Building plans and costs have not been finalized. We have conceptual drawings with price estimates of what an expansion project might cost. Final plans would be created after the congregation determines the level of financial commitment that can be raised through a capital campaign and the extent of longterm financing that may be necessary. Our working estimated project cost is $9M including design, construction, furnishings, technology and security.

How are we financing the project?

The primary source of funding for this project will come from within  the St. Paul community. Our hope is to raise the necessary funds in gifts and pledges, but we may need to ask the Voters Assembly to approve a level of debt financing.

Who is the architect, construction contractor, etc?

To this point, St. Paul has not contracted or compensated an architect or construction contractor for this potential expansion. The Building Committee worked with Groth Design Group architects and Catalyst Construction to develop conceptual designs and estimated project costs that were shared in informational meetings and at the Voters Assembly prior to voting to proceed with this capital campaign.

Ongoing Operations

What is the anticipated disruption to operations of school, services, and groups?

We expect to be able to fully use our current facility while the new building is being constructed. To keep disruption to a minimum, only when the new wing is completed will the current South Wing be razed. As work progresses, we will keep members and school families informed if there are any temporary adjustments to our operations.

How will parking and traffic flow be impacted before, during and after construction?

We will work closely with the design and build teams to define our parking and traffic flow through the project and beyond to be as efficient and safe as possible. Resurfacing of the upper parking lot will help eliminate a significant impact on parking and traffic.

How will safety and security be addressed both during and after construction?

We will work closely with the design and build teams to define our safety and security needs and protocols through the project and beyond to be as safe and mindful as possible.

What staffing will be needed to cover additional classrooms and square footage?

St. Paul is already operating two classrooms at almost all grade levels, CARE (resource room) and extended care in creatively “borrowed” space throughout the building. As we proceed, we will need to further evaluate if there may be additional staffing needs.

Giving

How much should I plan to give or pledge?

St. Paul asks that you consider making a gift, recognizing that our current Church and School has benefited from the generous gifts made by generations past. Your gift or pledge should be based on your ability to give and your belief in the mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School Equipping Every Generation to Live Rooted in Jesus. Campaign leaders are happy to answer your questions and personally discuss the size and structure of your gift or pledge. Please reach our campaign leaders at susan.buettner@splgrafton.org or contact the St. Paul Finance Office. Gifts and pledges to the campaign should be over and above your ongoing contributions supporting the Church and School operations.

Are my contributions to the campaign tax deductible?

Yes! Your contributions to the campaign are tax deductible. St. Paul Lutheran Church and School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Please speak with your financial advisor or tax professional about any specific questions you may have regarding tax deductibility.

What is the length of the campaign pledge?

The architectural and construction costs for the new two-story building would be primarily incurred during the initial two-year period of the campaign. To minimize the financial impact of any bridge financing that may be necessary for St. Paul, we would ask you to consider selecting as short of a period of time for your pledge commitment as your financial means and budget allow. You have any option to designate the length of your pledge commitment. The following are the options on the pledge card for the length of your pledge: one-time, one year, two years, three years, and five years.

What payment frequencies will be available to make your pledge contributions during the campaign?

The following options will be available to select as the frequency of your pledge contributions: weekly, every two weeks, twice a month (1st and 15th), monthly, quarterly, and annual.

We anticipate the pledge period will begin in the Fall 2023, with pledge contributions beginning December 2023 or early 2024. At the commencement of the campaign, we will ask you to energize the campaign by contributing an initial 10% of your total pledge.

What electronic options are available to make contributions to the campaign?

In addition to cash and personal check, St. Paul has a number of electronic options available to contribute to the campaign with ease and efficiency.

  • St. Paul website – a one-time or recurring donation can be established and an account can be created for you to personally manage. Donations are made via a checking or savings account, credit or debit card. If you already have a Vanco account established, you can easily set up additional contributions for Every Generation Faithful Together through the website.
  • Mobile App – please search Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement on your mobile device in the App Store to download the app for free. Additionally, you may elect to cover the processing fees (1.00% for checking or savings accounts, 2.75% for credit or debit cards), so that 100% percent of your contribution is directed to St. Paul.
  • Automatic withdrawal from a checking or savings account – please contact the St. Paul Finance Office to complete an authorization form to set up an automatic withdrawal from a checking or savings account.

The St. Paul Finance Office is available to assist you in setting up any of the electronic options above.

Will contributions from matching gift programs be accepted?

Yes. Many corporations and foundations offer matching gift programs. Such programs allow donors to double or even triple the amount of your contribution. If you are aware of a matching gift program available to you, please consider naming St. Paul Lutheran Church and School as a beneficiary. Matching gift forms are often available from personnel or human resource offices at corporations and foundations.

Will the campaign seek to finance a portion of the costs from promissory notes with members?

Every Generation Faithful Together will not be offering promissory notes with members. The ministry expansion campaign will initially focus on financing through gifts and pledges. At a later time, and only if necessary to achieve the remaining financial goal of the campaign, campaign leadership may request approval from the Voters Assembly to enter into promissory notes with anyone that may be interested.

Your Generosity, Our Foundation

Your generous gift today will pave the way for a vital expansion at our church and school, fostering enriched learning environments for generations to come. Please prayerfully consider becoming part of this pivotal moment in our history.