Embracing a New Century:
The Campaign for St. Stephen's Church
A prayer for St. Stephen's Capital Campaign
Lord Jesus Christ, more than a century ago our forebears at St. Stephen’s Church founded this community as your Body in the world, kindling hearts, giving hope to the weary, and bringing forth ministries of compassion in Richmond and beyond. As we build on that foundation, call us to their energy and commitment, and remind us that our eyes are the eyes through which you look at the world; our feet are the feet by which you go about doing good; our hands are the hands with which you feed, bless, and welcome all. May this campaign strengthen our love of you and our neighbors, in the assurance that it is our honor to serve, our privilege to give and our turn to inspire. Amen.
If you participated in our capital campaign, thank you! Much of the work we've undertaken is now complete, though the outreach component is in the planning stages.
Where we are now
At the May 2017 vestry meeting, campaign leaders delivered a final report, formally transitioning oversight of the campaign budget and remaining priorities to the vestry.
In reviewing the project timeline, leaders traced the parish’s journey from an early vision exceeding $15 million to a construction and outreach project approved by the vestry of $9.7 million, with the goal of tending to aging systems, restoring sacred spaces, improving accessibility, and increasing outreach. Major components were completed on time and under budget, followed by the completion of the memorial garden expansion in early 2017.
Thanks to the generosity of St. Stephen’s parishioners, pledges to the campaign through June 2017 totaled $9.9 million, of which $8.7 million had already been received. With construction and other project-related expenses largely behind us, the executive committee and vestry are committed to ensuring sufficient remaining pledge income is set aside to meet the campaign outreach commitment.
Campaign leaders also presented to the vestry a prioritized list of other items around campus that still need tending. Developed with input from representatives of the executive committee, vestry, and buildings and grounds committee, the list reflects, in most cases, deliberate choices made well before construction began as campaign leaders pared back the budget to be in line with projected income. Most items identified are small and can be remedied for little or no cost. Except for any that are no cost/low cost or which are safety-related (e.g., courtyard pavers, lighting), items will not be considered until the vestry sees meaningful progress towards fulfilling the outreach component of the campaign.
As we mark the completion of the campaign, we are reminded again of the faithfulness and generosity of this parish.