The $l.25 million project included expanding small group space, making the facility more accessible, making needed repairs and replacement of mechanical equipment and creating a welcoming main entrance and gathering space adjacent to the sanctuary.
Congregation Information Location: River Falls, Wisconsin Pastors: Janet Ellinger and Jenny Arneson Phone: (715) 425-6233 Email:email@example.com Annual Giving: $300,000 Households: 446
Fund Appeal Information Gifts and three-year commitments: $425,000
Comments from Pastor: "The James Company offered ministry to our community of faith as we set out to expand and remodel our church building. Past experiences with "fund raisers" made some folks skeptical. But, this was a rewarding and enriching experience. What I appreciated most was the approach of the James Company and consultant Phyllis Rodriguez. We weren't "raising money." We were on a spiritual journey that helped us see God's abundance in our lives. We began to find a deeper joy in generosity. Our focus was always on sharing out of the abundance in our own lives and letting God's spirit work among us." Rev.Janet Ellinger
Key Elements of the Appeal The appeal included a special gathering to celebrate the ministry of the church and to share information about the building project and the appeal. The gathering included a video to tell the story of how improving their facility would enhance their ability to serve their members and community. The appeal included both home visits and telephone calls.
"Updating our facility to be a space that is welcoming and safe has been a metaphor for us. We're on our way with new energy to becoming a more welcoming people. The transformation is amazing and the James Company helped us on our way." Rev. Janet Ellinger