Join Pastor Stuart Williams on a behind the scenes tour of construction progress of our new Skyview Home.
Join Pastor Stuart Williams on a behind the scenes tour of construction progress of our new Skyview Home.
On December 10, Skyview Home Building Campaign Chair, Dr. Riley Coulter, shared this encouraging update with the Skyview congregation:
This morning I want to bring an update on our Skyview Home Building Campaign, a 5 year / 60 month initiative to raise $750,000 for our new church building. With the building well on its way – foundation laid, water/sewer/drainage installed, outer walls built, roof on, both basement and main floors poured, windows installed, front doors in, main floor walls framed, main floor plumbing complete, HVAC installed, electrical installed, some exterior siding up, platform being built, and the majority of the site grading has been completed – including the storm water management swale[!] – with all this work completed, it is time to take stock of our progress on this project.
Let me remind you of what God has provided for this building program:
When we initiated SKYVIEW HOME in May of 2014, we established a theme for the Campaign, Not Equal Gifts, But Equal Sacrifice. We set our goal – the difference between what we had in hand from all the sources just noted, and what we needed to complete the project and carry a manageable mortgage – at $750,000. Over five years, this would mean donations of $12,500 per month over-and-above our regular support of Skyview; we invited each other to consider sacrificial gifts to address this need.
At the end of November, month 43, we should be at $537,500 – and we have received $528,460… OH, SO CLOSE!!! Two things I would like to say today:
Again, the congregation who make Skyview our church home thank you for your continued generous support of Skyview Church. Have a blessed and joyful Christmas, and a prosperous and healthy new year. God bless you.
On Sunday, October 15, members and friends of Skyview Community Church had the opportunity to tour the building site to see the progress that's been made since construction began. It was an exciting opportunity to create new visions for what God would have us do in ministry in our new Skyview Home!
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As shared with the Skyview Community Church congregation Sunday, May 7:
Good morning. Nice to be with you this morning. I have been busy this winter and spring with travel on behalf of my work with the National Board of the Church of the Nazarene Canada. It’s always good to be home with you - and my family…especially my grandson and namesake…the very handsome and exceptionally intelligent, Riley William Cunningham. If you haven’t met him yet, you must. He’s pretty special.
As a grandfather…and father to Sharlene and her husband, Bret… it brings me great joy to know that we have such a wonderful congregation in which my family can gather on Sunday mornings to worship and grow in our faith. I look around this morning and I’m grateful for the rich relationships that Karen and I have with many of you…and even more grateful that my kids and grandson have such a church family around them. We are a blessed people to be led in meaningful worship every Sunday and I can tell you, in my opinion – and I’ve had the opportunity to be in most Nazarene churches in our country – Pastor Stuart is one of the finest preachers in our denomination. Anywhere. Perhaps sometimes we take this for granted…but this morning, I want to challenge you to think a little about the gift we have here in our church – Skyview Community Church.
As you know, over the last three years, many in our congregation have been giving sacrificially to raise money to help us build our new church home in the Northern Hills area. Three years ago we began the Skyview Home Building Campaign and received pledge commitments of $467,510. Of those pledges, $329,687 has been received along with $118,252 of unpledged gifts bringing us to a total of $447,939. It’s all very remarkable – and nothing short of miraculous – for a congregation of our size and constituency to accomplish. Clearly God was in this to make this possible!
Our property committee has been working diligently…and I mean diligently…to find a way to stick to a budget that was established almost four years ago and yet, still build a facility that is suitable for worship and ministry and meet the needs of our congregation.
As you heard from Jay last week at the year end celebration, the property and finance teams are working hard to find a way to fund the building of our new church home. Jay is working his magic to make this all manageable from a cash flow perspective, but the reality is, we are still about $300,000 short of the $750,000 fundraising commitment we made as a congregation. In order to fulfill that commitment, the church approved the Skyview Home Building Campaign committee’s recommendation to extend our campaign another two years in order to raise the necessary capital.
Over the last three years, we’ve raised about $150,000 a year…so by my math, if we all keep doing what we’ve been doing - digging deep and giving sacrificially - we can definitely raise the $300,000 in two years.
For those of you who are finishing your three year pledge, thank you for your faithfulness. Many of you have given weekly or monthly to fulfill your commitment. From $25 weekly donations to $1000 a month…all over and above your regular tithe…each gift has made a big difference and has added up to get us to this place.
For those of you who made a pledge to the first phase and have not been able to fulfill it, I suggest we close the chapter on that pledge – and I encourage you to consider a new commitment for the next two years. God is a God of new beginnings; when we admit we have come up short, He is there to forgive and forget. But I encourage you not to forget the commitment you made three years ago! You might find it helpful to give on a regular basis – weekly or monthly – through our online giving option. Many of us have found it very helpful and has ensured that we stay on track. And as an added bonus, we’ve been collecting travel points!
But I suspect there may be some of you who have yet to enter into this sacrificial journey. To you I say, now is the time. We are going to need some added help. I encourage you and your family to consider a gift to the Skyview Home Building Campaign that will help us reach our goal together. Everyone – young and old, singles and families – all of us can play a part in making our new church home a reality.
If you take a look at this chart, you will see that we need people of all levels of commitment for us to achieve our $300,000 goal. I’m encouraging you to pray about where you see yourself in this final phase of the campaign…and ask God to help you stretch a bit and make the necessary sacrifice to fulfill this vision.
I think many of you are like me…after years of setting up and tearing down and “renting” we’re ready to have our own home for worship and teaching…and place we can bring our neighbors and minister more effectively to our community. It warms my heart to think about little Riley William having a church home he can grow up in…a place he can learn about God and how Jesus loves him even more than his Grandpa.
On Sunday, June 11, we will gather as a church family to celebrate the beginning of the home stretch of our Skyview Home Building Campaign. We will worship together, receive pledge commitments, and have a light lunch together – this year’s take on our yearly celebration banquet. Over the next couple of weeks, a mailing will be going out to everyone in the congregation with a pledge card. I encourage you to pray about the commitment you are going to be making. As you do, I want you to know that a gift to Skyview Home will create a legacy for years to come in the form of stretched faith, moved hearts and changed lives.
Thank you for your attention this morning and I look forward to gathering with you again on June 11.
On behalf of the Skyview Home Building Committee, I bring you a report on the progress of our new building and also an update on our Skyview Home Building Campaign. You may remember that I brought an update in late November; this is a continuation of that report.
I understand that the chair of the Building Committee, Hubert Howe, shared with you that we finally received our building permit from the City of Calgary a couple weeks ago. This is long-awaited - and very wonderful - news.
Our building contractor, Ironwood is working on the final pricing based on the revised “Issued for Construction” drawings. Once that is received, the property committee will be meeting with Ironwood to discuss the contract which will include the work and payment scheduling. Once they have the contract at the point where they are comfortable signing it they will submit it to the Board for final approval.
So now that we we are almost ready to give the green light to start the building project, we need to ensure we have the necessary funding in place to make it happen.
If you have followed along over these past few years, you know that our land is paid for – a tribute to the faithful giving of previous congregations - but the building project will cost approximately $3.65M. The $3.65M is coming from a variety of sources: initial savings and building campaigns, a donation from our district church office, sale of an acre of land, and $750,000 from the SKYVIEW HOME BUILDING campaign. Allow me to bring an update on that campaign.
When we initiated SKYVIEW HOME in May of 2014, we set our goal at $750,000 – the amount we needed to complete the project. And we set a goal to raise those funds three years – about the time we thought it would take us to have completed our building. Was it ambitious for a congregation of our size and demographic? For sure. Let me say parenthetically that I have believed – and continue to believe – that God may honour our commitment to reach our goal, by April 30 of this year. He is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. But we are wise to make contingency plans in the meantime.
Here’s the thing about church capital campaigns. When a not-for-profit institution embarks on a campaign to raise monies for building, they are able to draw on a variety of sources. I chair the board of a Nazarene Compassionate Mission in downtown Winnipeg (similar to Calgary’s Mustard Seed), with an $8M yearly budget, where we recently began a $17M capital campaign, and received cash and pledges of $7.4M in the first month! Support for these institutions comes from a variety of sources, including people with very deep pockets!
However, in a church capital campaign, especially when the church is smaller, rather than mega-size [like First Alliance or Center Street], the campaign is fulfilled typically by the congregants, most of whom are like you and me – great hearts and commitment, but not necessarily deep pockets. So time is a friend – as are regular weekly or monthly donations. And “industry standard” for these campaigns is that you can expect to raise 50% of your current income – over and above - in the capital campaign. Three years ago our annual income was approximately $280K; we should have expected to raise $140K per year for the SKYVIEW HOME campaign.
So… my report to you is very positive: over the past three years we have raised $450K [by April 30] – even better than the expectation for a congregation our size! Praise the Lord!! This is great news, and a tribute to the sacrificial commitment of you, the congregation of Skyview Church! As I say to our grandson, GOOD JOB!! There will come a day, in the not-too-distant future, when we will look back to these days with righteous pride for the generosity of God’s people during these days.
However, we have not met our goal of $750K, needed to complete the financing for the building project. As a result, the SKYVIEW HOME committee recommended to the church board that we extend the SKYVIEW HOME campaign for two more years, to provide opportunity for us all to participate – perhaps to continue the pledge we made three years ago, or to make a new pledge, or fulfil the pledge we have already made in the next 24 months. The board unanimously supported this initiative.
On April 2 I will bring another update, and show you what this campaign will look like for the next two years. We need to raise the additional $300K within the next two years. And in early April we may be close to digging the foundation for our new church building. In the meantime, could I ask you to begin to pray – and consider – what your part in this extension might be? For Karen and me, because of my retirement in June, this is a different challenge than it was three years ago. At that time we made a three-year pledge that we fulfilled in two, because of “cash flow” issues. But we will do our part in this new challenge. It is time to bring this to completion.
I love great challenges, and I enjoy working with dedicated and committed followers of God who are willing to sacrifice to provide a place for worship, fellowship, the declaration of truth.