Our Capital Campaign: Building for the Next 50 Years!
Our goal: To expand our space to facilitate engagement and intimacy.
Twenty years ago Covenant embarked on an exciting and challenging adventure - to build a permanent church home, a welcoming place to engage each other and the broader Houston community. A congregation of fewer than 100 people made a leap of faith and raised over $900,000 to build our current church home. Today - even with the addition of the Meeks House - we have outgrown our facilities and need to undertake another challenging adventure.
For the past two years we have been discussing our need to expand our facilities, expressing our wishes, dreams and desires. We elected a Building Committee to plan and oversee the process. We hired Glassman, Shoemake Maldonado Architects to refine our ideas and develop a master plan. We will hear their recommendations later this fall.
In July Covenant Council endorsed a capital campaign for this fall. This capital campaign, to be held concurrently with our annual operating pledge campaign, has a goal of $1,500,000 to be paid over a three year period. We will all have to stretch toward a common goal. We will have information about alternative types of donation other than writing a check.
What do we hope to accomplish by expanding our building? We want a gracious, welcoming space for visitors, a place that facilitates quiet conversation and education engagement. We want to adequately provide for the children and you who have enriched our congregational life. We want to further our goal of being a progressive voice in Houston and to share our message of openness and inclusiveness with the surrounding neighborhood and non-profit groups who would like to use our facilities.
On September 13 the education hour will be devoted to discussing the capital campaign and the plan for funding our goal. In the following weeks there will be small group gatherings for us to discuss the details of the campaign and what expanded facilities would mean for us. (Various meeting opportunities for these discussions are listed on the Capital Campaign page under the Member Area.) On September 27 the congregation will be asked to affirm the capital campaign goals.
Twenty years ago a small group of liberal Baptists dreamed big dreams and worked to make them a reality. We have benefitted from their commitment and vision. We believe the needs for community, engagement, and inclusion that they identified then are just as great today. Let us add our dreams and commitment to build our church home for the next 50 years!
- The Stewardship Committee
- The Building Committee