Building Tomorrow Today

VISION


for our future

 

Germantown Presbyterian Church is at a crossroads. One path leads to growth of ministries, expanded educational opportunities, increased opportunities for Christian fellowship, and full campus access for older church-goers and the physically handicapped. The other path embraces the status quo. In January the congregation voted to pursue the first path. With the Building Tomorrow Today capital stewardship campaign, our church hopes to fund major changes to our campus. We will tear down the aging Warren Hall—which currently has a stream of groundwater flowing beneath and many other structural problems—and replace it with a new building that will allow us to serve God more effectively for years to come. Moreover, we will return the historic Evans Chapel to a dominant place in the life of our church with long-awaited improvements.

Look around the sanctuary on Sunday morning. In addition to familiar friends with whom you have worshiped weekly, there are fresh faces, new families, and more children. GPC is growing. And with that growth comes a responsibility. Our church must ensure that we have the best facilities to further God’s mission and meet the needs of our Christ-seeking congregation and community. The Building Tomorrow Today capital stewardship campaign will make our historic facilities accessible to all and beautiful throughout. It will enhance opportunities for Christian education, evangelism, intergenerational fellowship, mentoring those with special needs, outreach to the community, and unique worship experiences. It will support families with better space for funerals and other receptions and an expanded Memorial Garden.

“…For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will give you many opportunities to do good, and He will produce a great harvest of generosity in you…” -2 Corinthians 9:10

 

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW

FAQs

is the theme of the current capital stewardship campaign. But, in truth, it is the philosophy of our church for nearly 18 decades. The founders of our beloved Germantown Presbyterian Church did not build the original chapel for themselves. They built it for their children and their children’s children and the scores of hard-working, God-loving people who would populate its rough-hewn pews in years to come.

This spring we embark on a similar endeavor. We are building a foundation for the future of Germantown Presbyterian Church, a future of expanded ministries, a growing congregation, a re-energized commitment to Christian education and new opportunities for intergenerational fellowship.
We are also embracing our historic heritage with the restoration and renovation of Evans Chapel. The Building Tomorrow Today capital stewardship campaign is the vehicle that will transport us to a better, brighter future in the near term and for generations to come.

This FAQ addresses questions you may have about our Phase II building project and the capital stewardship campaign. Please pray for God to be with our church as we go forward. And ask for His guidance as you prepare heart and mind for participating in this important effort.

Two back-to-back capital campaigns—Share the Vision (2007-2010) and Forward in Faith (2010-2013) —provided funding for GPC to build a welcome center, administrative offices, library, music suite and renovated classroom space for youth and children as well as a porte cochere off the narthex. We completed Phase I building in 2011. The previous two capital campaigns paid off all costs of Phase I building and additionally left a $400,000 nest egg toward the long-planned second phase of construction.
Construction: a new Warren Hall building with updated adult education classrooms, kitchen, fellowship space and exterior patio
Renovations: a handicapped-accessible and restored Evans Chapel with covered walkway linked to rest of campus
An expanded Memorial Garden.
  • To make our historic facilities accessible to all and beautiful throughout
  • To improve special event, fellowship and education opportunities
  • To enhance facilities that serve the community and promote our local mission of education and serving those with special needs
  • To serve families losing loved ones with better funeral reception space and an expanded Memorial Garden
Projected cost is $4.8 million. In January the congregation approved a capital stewardship campaign to fund it. The congregation is asked to consider prayerfully a three-year commitment over and above current annual giving.
Once the church receives pledges and determines the level of financial support, the congregation will vote on whether and how to proceed with construction. Actual construction should take 14 months.
Allow God to speak to you through prayer. Read scripture passages that address 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.
Each pledge matters. Our understanding of stewardship is based on the premise: “Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice.”
We will unite to submit our commitment cards on Commitment Sunday, May 7, 2017, although pledges will be accepted thereafter as well, especially as new members join. The church will receive donations toward those pledges from May, 2017 through 2020.
The church will accept cash and checks as well as the transfer of title to marketable stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.
You may update your commitment at any time. And anyone may contribute to God’s work in our church.

MAKE A COMMITMENT

You may also mail your check donation to:
Germantown Presbyterian Church
2363 Germantown Road South
Germantown, TN 38138

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