What is the "Today, Tomorrow, Future" plan?
God continues to bless our congregation, church and school in so many ways. Along with these blessings come many opportunities and responsibilities. The Today, Tomorrow, Future (TTF) plan is an ongoing effort strategically to plan and implement repairs and enhancements to our building and property based on the needs of the congregation in carrying out our congregation's mission.
How did St. Paul congregation develop our concept of updating and repairing our building and property?
The Today, Tomorrow, Future (TTF) program started with a congregational workshop in May, 2012. The original goal of that workshop was to discuss and develop a strategy that would see our congregation wisely use our resources to look after our building and property, while fulfilling the mission of our congregation. After many more congregation forums, meetings and discussion, the TTF Master Plan was developed. It was adopted by the congregation on November 11, 2014.
From the TTF Master Plan:
- The TTF plan is an ongoing effort strategically to plan and implement repairs and enhancements of our building and property based on the needs of the congregation for carrying out the congregation's mission.
- The TTF Plan is to be an open ended plan, subject to change and grow with the congregation starting Today, thinking about Tomorrow and looking to the Future. Copies of the TTF Master Plan are available online and at church.
Where do we begin?
The TTF Master Plan is divided into two phases. Phase 1 deals with our current facilities, and consists of four projects:
- Project A - update and enhance the chancel and nave of our church
- Project B - update and enhance our fellowship hall
- Project C - repair and maintain our building
- Project D - replace our church roof
The congregation has since approved moving into the Design Stage for Phase 1.
Each project is currently being developed and will be presented to the congregation for final approval. We began Project A construction in the fall of 2015 and finished it in January of 2016. Project B could begin in the summer of 2016. Project C will be an ongoing effort as needs arise and funds are available. Project D is to be determined based on current condition.
What is the TTF Support Plan?
Our members are being asked to make a financial commitment of love which is over and above their regular weekly offerings to reach our fund goal. Our gratitude to God will lead us to give a generous portion of his blessings for this purpose.
What goals do we have for the TTF Support Fund?
Our goal is to raise $700,000 for the beginning work of the TTF program. The cost estimate for Phase 1 of the TTF Plan is between $400,000 and $500,000. The remaining $200,000 will enable us to begin work on Phase 2 (expansion of current facilities). We don't presume to know exactly how God will bless our plans, but we do know that the Lord will bless our efforts in a way that is best for us and for his kingdom. Jesus is the vine, and we are his branches. Apart from him and his saving love, we can do nothing. In him and connected to him, we will bear abundant fruit, fruit that will last (John 15).
How do I make a gift to the TTF Support Fund?
Gifts may be given monthly, annually, or in any time frame that fits your budget. Special gift envelopes are available for your use. You may also donate through our web site.
May I contribute gifts other than cash?
Yes, you may contribute gifts of property, stocks, life insurance and other securities, including IRAs for 70 ½ and older members. In fact, in many situations these types of gifts also offer some additional tax advantages. If you have questions about the tax implications of your gift, please consult with your tax advisor. All monetary gifts to the TTF Support Fund are tax deductible if itemized when filing your tax return. You may also consider making an in kind contribution through the donation of materials or time.
What does the Lord say about stewardship?
God created the earth, everything and everyone in it. He saved us from our sin by the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior. All that we have and all that we are come from Him. We are the managers of the earthly blessings he has given us. The following passage gives believers a promise and guideline for giving:
2 Corinthians 9:6,7 - Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
How can I help to make this appeal a success?
- Prayerfully respond to God's gift of a Savior with your generous gifts to the TTF plan, while continuing your generous support for our current ministry plan.
- Pray for God's blessings on our congregation and our TTF Plan.