- Ephesians 1:11-12
The Old Testament talks a lot about inheritance, often as the lands God promised to his people the Israelites. And we know that the people themselves are often referred to as God’s inheritance—his riches and his legacy. We at Our Saviour’s Atonement think of our church in a similar way. As inheritors of the faith and good works of our forebears, we benefit from the fruitful ministry and mission that happen in and around our building—a building which exists thanks to the generations who put their hard work and money into constructing and maintaining it since 1928.
But those blessings come with the responsibility to maintain and steward our inheritance for the next generation. And furthermore, as the body of Christ, we are part of the inheritance of God: We respond to God’s promise in action and faithfulness. So it’s our responsibility and our joy to ensure that the place where we carry out his calling remains safe, secure, and welcoming for all who come searching.
If you were in church this past Sunday, you heard me announce that our capital campaign is kicking into high gear. We as a congregation approved in January to undertake this fundraising effort in order to address some critical work needed on our building—namely lead abatement and repointing of the façade. We can’t carry out these repairs through our Sunday tithes and contributions, which covers day-to-day operating expenses. This work will take extraordinary funds.
At the time of our annual meeting, OSA’s finance committee estimated the cost would be around $100,000. As we’ve gathered bids and assessed the scope of work over the last several months, we’ve revised that amount to around $110,000 to $120,000. This week, we’ll submit a grant request to the Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA and hope to receive at least $25,000 to $30,000. The gala taking place in November should raise another $5,000 or so. The rest of the money will come from us—the faithful of this church.
It may seem like a daunting amount, but I believe it’s one that we can achieve together. As we benefit from the foresight of OSA’s first members to build this space, let us together ensure that it remains viable and fruitful for our children and grandchildren—and all the future members of this congregation we haven’t yet met.
I ask you to join me in the coming weeks in prayer for this campaign, for our ministries here at OSA, and for our congregation. Pray and think about how you can help us meet these capital needs. Talk with your family and with other members of OSA, and please contact me, Pastor John, or another member of the church council if you have any questions. We will reach out to each of you to talk about the campaign.
This congregation has the opportunity to secure our legacy and fulfill God’s dream for us. Let’s endeavor to do that, together.
OSA Finance Committee
Susannah Skiver Barton
Pastor John Flack