Rector's Thank You

By Barry Parker, Rector (Senior Pastor)

Posted on June 15, 2017

What a Sunday we had last week! To celebrate our 175th anniversary, we had an amazing worship service (the first time in memory combining all three Sunday services), a great group photo, a photo booth, testimonials, brisk hospitality CLXXV lager sales, tours and more.

As you can imagine, it takes many people to ensure a day like Anniversary Sunday was such an incredible success. My heartfelt thanks to the dozens of volunteers, leaders and staff who poured themselves into making it happen.

It was also a great privilege to announce our ‘new’ financial status. We have spent approximately $35 million over the past 25 years to restore, renovate and refresh our physical space so we can hand an incredible ministry container to future generations. Our last capital campaign was Above and Beyond, starting 2 years ago, almost to the day. Above and Beyond was a campaign that responded to God’s call to first get our financial house in order and then to move forward in His wonderful missional plan for our church.

In May 2015, we had an interest-bearing debt of $2.29 million and St. Paul’s required funds so active ministry would not be curtailed or endangered. Our plan was to have all our debt paid off by early 2018 and we were on track to do that.

I was thrilled to announce, that as of June 1, St. Paul’s is debt free! In two short years, the people of St. Paul’s have gone above and beyond to ensure investment into future ministry!

I was also pleased to announce that we are moving into phases 2 & 3 of our Above and Beyond vision. The working title for phase 2 was Ministry Apprenticeship Program or MAP which is the formation of a new generation of leaders. This will be an incubator for Christian leaders—impacting our communities and the Church, equipping disciples to be disciples, and tapping into individual’s gifts of the spirit by providing a program of mentoring and discernment for future church leaders. Phase 3 is strategic capital investment in our worship space. We will improve our methods for delivering worship today and for years to come through updated lighting, sightlines, accessibility and sound. We seek to build engagement in worship for the next generation. You will hear more concrete planning news at our Annual Meeting in October.

What a remarkable time to be at St. Paul’s. Once again, thank you!