In September of 2017, St. Paul-Reformation will embark on a Capital Campaign that has been...a century in the making. Our home, constructed in 1913, is in need of updates, repairs, and improvements to make sure that it is available to generations of faith yet to come. On this page, you can learn about our goals, our hopes, and how you can join together in these efforts, which will get underway in earnest in September of 2017, to be completed on the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in October.
A Prayer for SPR's Capital Campaign:
Lord, you blessed our founding generation for its faithfulness and stewardship and for one hundred and thirty-four years have inspired and sustained our ministry. For this, we praise and thank you. Now, in this time, new generations are called to support the ministries of our congregation and the renewal of our building, through prayers and financial gifts. Guide us in our decisions, so that generations to come may continue To Pray, To Serve, To Give, Together with Christ in this place.
Built in 1913, St. Paul-Reformation began as Reformation Lutheran Church. After the merger of Reformation Church and St. Paul's Church in the 1970's, the building was renovated. Now, forty-five years after its last major work, SPR's building is in need of new repairs. Balancing the results of a Feasibility Study, internal surveys, and safety requirements, we have identified the follow major areas for improvement in our Capital Campaign:
Phase I of SPR's Capital Campaign will address stonework on the exterior of the building. Built of Kasota stone, SPR's century-old stonework is in need of tuck pointing and the replacement of steel transoms that hold the stone in place. Rusted window frames and lose stones are the result of harsh Minnesota winters and the expansion of ice and snow.
In a survey of the congregation, SPR members identified accessibility as a key issue in building renovations. Living deeply into our commitment to be a welcoming community for all, restrooms, access to the altar and reading desk, and elevator replacement all need to be addressed so that each person can find their place at St. Paul-Reformation.
SPR's sanctuary is in need of repairs, including improved lighting and sound, wall covering, floor refinishing to improve acoustics, and handicapped accessibility. As one of our mission (MET) goals, SPR has identified excellent liturgy and music as essential to the life of faith. To do this, we need a space that allows all to participate, provides adequate space for musicians and liturgical participants, and fully allows the assembly to participate in worship.
Spaces for spiritual formation - particularly of children - need updates to be inviting for those who are ready to learn. Many of these spaces, which are on the basement level of SPR, have experienced water damage and corrosion, a result of the age of the building. Improved ventilation, lighting, and multimedia resources are on the docket to help children and youth learn in a welcoming and safe environment.
At St. Paul-Reformation, we believe that Holy Baptism makes everyone a part of the Body of Jesus Christ. To that end, we are committed to welcoming all into our building. Improved restroom facilities, entrances, signage, and hospitality spaces will allow the congregation to welcome all, to celebrate, and to join together in fellowship.
As our Capital Campaign progresses, you can find more information here, including architectural drawings, questions and answers related to the campaign, correspondence from members who are leading this effort, and ways that you can give.
Please check out the following:
- A letter from our Pastor and Campaign Chair introducing the Campaign
- Frequently Asked Questions about our Capital Campaign
- Capital Campaign Prayer and Committee Members
We are thrilled to have gifted members of SPR leading our efforts! Please reach out to them with questions, suggestions, and how together we can do our work together:
Campaign Chair: Deanna Sande
Campaign Consultants: Mark Davy & Associates (Michael & Whitney Davy)
Architect: Cunningham Group, Ltd.
Honorary Chairs: Gwen Jackson, Doug and Barb Merchant, Cynthia Peyton, Pam Peyton, Betty Schmidt, Jon and Kris Stevens
Campaign Committee: Randy Beard, Matt Entenza, Scott Hanson, Kris Matenaer, Rev. Patrick H. Shebeck, Alice Swan