BENEFITING: North Eaton Christian Church
Building on a strong foundation, we seek to ensure a lasting presence of Christian love and service in the heart of this community and beyond.
We've been a long-time source of help and hope in this community, and beyond. Since 1842, we've been marrying young lovers, helping families heal after the loss of a loved one, and teaching children (of all ages) about a God who loves them unconditionally and as they are. We entertain questions about faith and life, and seek to help people improve their lives. We support a variety of local, national and global causes and missions. We host Scouting groups, serve as an election polling place, host a monthly health clinic and free community meal, and so much more, inspired by the example of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. And while our own need is not glamorous, it's important so we may continue to do the life-changing work that takes place through the ministry of North Eaton Christian Church:
1. We need to rebuild our roof (unifying the flat roofs from years of building additions into an integrated whole, with a metal roof which will last much longer than the failing asphalt shingles presently in place).
2. We need to upgrade failing heating and cooling systems to more energy-efficient units.
3. We need to replace our large parking lot which has suffered from years of drainage issues and deterioration.
4. We need to tackle some kitchen renovations to better and more safely meet the needs of those in the community who prepare and serve meals here.
5. We hope to add more useful space by covering and renovating our memorial garden and adding an additional storage area.
6. The interior will need painting and some cosmetic repair following the roofing changes.
Your help will allow us to honor the work and sacrifice of those saints who established this congregation, protect and preserve the structure which has grown through the many years of its existence, and allow us to continue to be here to serve this community for many years to come. You have our sincere thanks for whatever amount you are moved to give, for praying for this congregation and our Capital Campaign, and for sharing this page--and our needs--with your friends and family, person-to-person and via social media. Finally, if you have a need or a prayer request with which we might help, we invite you to contact us. Thank you. For those who like math, here's what we're looking at: $750,000 will cover the whole project. For now, we're looking at needing $462,000 for JUST the roof and kitchen portion. We're doing our part towards this large fundriasing need by using:
General Fund (on hand) $ 75,000.00
Building Fund $ 40,000.00
Kitchen Funds (on hand) $ 14,000.00
Funds from 2016 Fair proceeds $ 4,000.00
Disciples Church Extension loan $300,000.00 (2x anticipated congregational pledges)
Total cash / loan amount $433,000.00
Which still leaves us with $29,000 needed for this first phase of the reconstruction and renovation. So we've set our CrowdRise goal (for now) at $50,000--just a random round number which will address our current shortfall...and get us on the way towards the second phase of our needed repairs--the parking lot and interior improvements.
In addition, we'll be holding various other fundraisers like house concerts, art events, bake sales, etc. as we continue to fundraise within the congregation itself...but we're also now asking for help from our community, and beyond--because NECC's building serves our immediate community, and our outreach efforts reach locally and globally.
To thank you for reading this far--and for your gifts of support--we're offering a few incentive gifts--like a novelty matchbook (which ties into our history, which you'll discover after watching our music video; but you *may* have to pick this up in person, as we're not sure the USPS will let us put it in the mail); a 3" x 5" rough wooden cross made from the rafters of our soon-to-be-dismantled roof supports; a cd of original songs of faith, peace and justice by one of our local singer/songwriters (a bonus track containing our fundraising song, "Covered", has been added); a variety set of 6 notecards with blank insides, suitable for your words of encouragement to someone who needs to hear some Good News (we suggest things like, "I'm praying for you", "May the Holy Spirit comfort and empower you through this difficult time", "You are a shining light in my life"...stuff like that); and, a house concert, worship music or special event program by that earlier-referenced singer/songwriter. Click through our photo display at the top left of this page for a peek at these lovely "thank you" gifts! (Note: All notecard photos shown are included in the 6-pack. Also, you'll want to contact us with your address if you'd like us to send your gift: firstname.lastname@example.org . We promise *not* to share your contact information, nor add you to any mailing lists...unless you request that we do so!)
THANK YOU for believing in the work we do, by supporting this fundraiser! YOU will make possible our continuing outreach into our community...and beyond!