Frequently Asked Questions
When will actual renovations begin?
How long will it take to complete all of the work?
At least six months.
Where will worship/my class be held during renovations?
We continue to fine-tune our schedule for the spring during the renovations. What we know at this point is that we will have three services in the Chapel and one Sunday School hour on Sunday mornings.
How can I stay informed about the progress?
Check back in on the Generations Campaign website. Additionally, updates will be provided in South Main Today and at quarterly business meetings. Status updates will be sent out during the campaign.
How can I support the campaign or get involved?
You can give and you can pray. We ask that you prayerfully consider your financial pledge to support the campaign and to bless South Main for all the generations to come. In addition, one of the most important ways you can help is to pray for the church, for the building committee, and for the work that will be done.
What are the different ways I could give to meet my pledge goals?
- Place a Generations donation in the offering plate.
- Set up a recurring, automatic bank draft online.
- Make a lump sum contribution.
- Transfer stocks or securities to South Main
For more information, please contact Jill Faragher in the Finance office.
How long do I have to fulfill my pledge?
Pledges to the campaign should be fulfilled within three years beginning January 2016.
I already tithe. Why should I give to a capital campaign?
First, thank you for tithing! Your tithe sustains the missions and ministries of the church’s annual budget, which includes great things like children’s Sunday School, Youth Choir, MainStreamers programming, support for our missions partners, and facility maintenance. Costs for this campaign are above and beyond the annual budget. In order to both fund this campaign and continue the ongoing ministry of South Main, additional funding is needed. It is vital that members not lower their giving towards the budget in order to give to the capital campaign.
I gave to the last capital campaign. Why should I give to this one?
Over the years, our congregation has had several capital campaigns to improve our facilities, including building the initial sanctuary, and later adding the Chafin building, Westmoreland Chapel, stained glass, pipe organ, and the Activities building. We’ve also renovated the Loessner building, and our education spaces and youth/children’s facilities. Our thriving congregation is a testament to the need for and success of past campaigns, and we feel this one is no different.
Our Sanctuary building is nearly 90 years old, and the organ is 80 years old. These beautiful but aging facilities require renovation to keep them functioning. In addition, we need to make our beautiful space more functional and more accessible. Our space is in outdated technologically and functionally in ways that we can fix. We can make the restrooms accessible to anyone who comes to the church, we can improve the sound system so that the spoken word is clear throughout the sanctuary, and we can improve the safety of the kitchen and the speed at which we can serve a Sunday lunch. Finally, we want to invest in our church’s future with a new organ that will last for the next 100 years. Generations of South Main members have honored the tradition of investing in the future by having faith that God will work through that investment for the glory of His kingdom.
How long will the capital campaign last?
The Generations Campaign emphasis will run from October 18th through November 22nd with the pledge fulfillment running from January 2016 through December 2018.
Who gets to make the decisions on how all of the money pledged is spent?
The church has voted on a basic plan to install a new organ, renovate the Sanctuary, and renovate the Fellowship Hall and kitchen. Along with that vote, the church approved a Building Committee that serves to collaborate with the architects and engineers to formulate plans and designs for this project. We are fortunate to have some extremely knowledgeable and experienced members serving in that capacity.
How long will we be displaced from the Sanctuary?
At least six months.
What happens if I make a pledge and then something happens to reduce my income and I’m unable to complete my pledge?
Simply contact Jill Faragher in the Finance Office if you need to adjust your pledge amount. Jill is the only person on staff that will be able to see and change your pledge, and she is not a member of our congregation.
I don't even tithe. How can I be expected to give to the capital campaign?
If you have not found a way to establish a regular giving pattern, this is a great opportunity for you to do so. Start by giving a small monthly amount to the Generations campaign – $5-10 per month, for example. You will be surprised at how quickly you become accustomed to a regular pattern of giving, and how fulfilling it will be to continue regular giving to the church once the campaign is complete. This may seem difficult at first, but we encourage you to pray about it and consider how you can support this worthy effort. For more information on how to give, visit the Generations giving page.
Should we really be spending so much on an organ when there are other things (i.e. missions, people in need, old facilities) that the money could go to?
South Main allocates 10% of its annual budget for missions giving. In 2015 alone, that’s $366,780. Over the next 8 years, we will spend more on missions than the total cost of the organ. Over the life of the new organ – 100 years – if we were to give that same amount each year, we would send $36,678,000, and that does not account for either inflation or church growth.
That said, $2.8 million dollars is a lot of money to spend on an organ. (It’s a lot of money to spend on anything, frankly.) At South Main, the organ is a vital component of our sanctuary, and it serves as the foundation of our worship. This new organ from Nichols & Simpson is a hand-crafted instrument, completely customized to our space. When you couple that with the fact that we anticipate the life of the organ to be 100 years, it is a worthy investment. The new organ and other improvements to the sanctuary will evoke the awe and majesty of God for generations to come. And it is our experience with each other and before God in worship that inspires all of our giving. So in a very real sense, an investment in the future of worship is a sound investment in future giving to all our missions and ministry.
Should I really give anything if I don't have much to give?
Absolutely. No gift is too small, and God honors each and every one. Jesus held up the widow’s mite as the most extravagant gift he had ever seen. And, when we pool all of our resources – small and large – we can accomplish far more collectively than we could individually. Consider starting with a small amount (ex. $5/month), and then increase it as you are able. If you are not able to give as much as you would like, consider offering your time or talents to our prayer team or other ministry at the church. We want the entire congregation to participate in this once-in-a-generation opportunity. For more information on ways to give to the campaign, visit the Generations giving page.