Latest News about Capital Improvements and Renovations
(December 31, 2017) Towards the end of 2012, at the request of the Vestry, a group of St. Michael's parishioners began exploring ways to improve the church's physical plant to support the growth of St. Michael's. In the 2014 Moving Forward in Faith St. Michael's Capital Campaign kick-off brochure Mother Leslie wrote: "When we enter the doors of St. Michael's, we find it to be a vital, caring place. We want those who come after us to continue to find it to be beautiful and nurturing of souls. It is as grateful stewards that we now seek to move forward in faith by intentionally and joyfully honoring the physical plant that serves us so well." With a goal of raising $500,000 and a long list of improvements to be made at the rectory and at the church, our capital campaign began with a kick-off dinner in the Parish Hall on 18 May 2014. Now three years later in 2017 we wrap up that campaign. That long to-do list has become the following list of accomplishments: Rectory - New roof, Insulated attic, New windows, Kitchen improvements, Renovated bathroom, Asbestos remediation, New basement flooring, Removal of garage, Cleared drain line Church - Installation of LED lights throughout the building, New exterior path lights, Replace 5 Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) units, Refurbished bathrooms (with low flow toilets) in the Education Wing and Parish Hall, Asbestos removal, New flooring in the Parish Hall and Upper Classrooms, Replace all non-stained glass windows, New room dividers in classrooms and Nursey relocation, Sacristy upgrades, New front steps (and a separate but concurrent addition of a natural rock garden), Replacement of the kitchen refrigerator, freezer, and stove, Repainting of the Sanctuary, passageways, and classrooms. Financially we did not reach our original goal of $500,000 in contributions, but we still accomplished the lion's share of the work we set out to do. Seeding the stained glass window repair fund was a goal of the campaign that was not met; however, the Vestry has taken $16,000 from surplus operating funds to establish that fund (with work to begin in 2018) as well as an additional $16,000 from those operating funds applied to a roof repair fund. Our final closeout numbers (combining the initial campaign and the final phase campaign) as of 31 December 2017 follow: Pledges - 97, Pledges Completed - 94 (Includes a Small Church Revitalization Grant from the Diocese of Virginia), 97% Pledge Completion Rate, Total Pledged - $400,490, Total Received - $403,689, 101% Completion Rate. The financial bottom line for the entire effort is that we ended with a deficit of $2,003. While maintenance of buildings is never done, the work done with your MFIF capital funds have changed the paradigm from crsis - to pro-active repairs. For the labors of those who funded these efforts with capital, prayer, and movement, St. Michael's exists now more whole in body and soul. Thank you.
(October 15, 2017) We have now passed the last remaining Arlington County inspection for work done as part of our Capital Campaign. This marks the completion of work portion of the Capital Campaign! Many thanks to everyone that participated in this activity. The time, talent and treasure you provided during Moving Forward in Faith are evident throughout the Church and the Rectory.
Financially we’ve met almost 100% of our pledged total as additional contributions have countered some cancelled pledges. At this point we are only $1300 short of meeting our original pledged and grant amount of $400,490. During the course of the Capital Campaign the Vestry agreed to spend somewhat more than the pledged amount to cover some items that arose during the course of the contracted work; therefore, we currently have a deficit of approximately $6500 for the full campaign. We still have some parishioners continuing to contribute to the campaign and we have strong hopes of breaking even by the end of the year when the books on the campaign will be closed.
Stained glass window repair was a key interest of the parish as we started this Moving Forward in Faith effort and the Vestry has ensured that the stained glass window fund has been established and funded, and they are working to initiate those repair efforts. Praise God from whom so many blessings flow, and carry that grace in our troubled world.
(April 2, 2017) We are heartened and yet should not be surprised by the wonderful financial response as these two campaigns draw to a close. As of April 2, the originally pledged amount ($362,000) is 96% paid; the 2016 challenge by the Diocese pledged at $30,250 is 89% paid. Given total expenditures of $416,000, St. Michael’s is $33,780 away from perfect financial balance on its use of this capital. Click here to view the report including photos that we delivered to the Diocese required by its $7,950 grant. There is also a paper copy on the bulletin board outside the storage room in the long carpeted hallway on the lower level. We’ll provide a final financial update this summer when the official pledge periods end. Thank you, again.
(March 29, 2017) In 2016, St. Michael's was awarded a Peter James Lee Small Church Revitalization grant from the Diocese of Virginia, in the amount of $7,950, to assist in the completion of the Final Phase of MFIF. We applied that grant money to the new flooring in the Parish Hall, replacement of "accordian walls" in our classrooms, installation of a hard wall and pocket doors in the new Nursery, and updates to the Sacristy. As part of the acceptance of the grant we were obligated to provide a final report of the work supported by the grant to the Diocese of Virginia. We are pleased to report that we released that report.The Final Report for Grant from Peter Lee Endowment can be read here.
(Februry 5, 2017) The St. Michael's 2017 Annual Report provides, on pages 8-10, a comprehensive summary of all the accomplishments of the MFIF program during the past year. Click here to download the report.
MFIF News Archive for 2014 - 2016 News items for the past two years can now be found here.