Raise to Renew - Our Schedule and Our Progress

 

THE RAISE TO RENEW CAMPAIGN - the Nitty Gritty!

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is embarking on a major fundraising campaign to raise funds to repair water damage to the plaster in the sanctuary, nave (the church proper), and stairwell, to improve lighting, sound and Zoom, to upgrade wiring, and to enhance the welcome we extend to our congregation, visitors, and neighbors.

Great news to share! We have 73 pledges and are well on our way to having cash in hand to begin Phase One and portions of Phase Two. 

These numbers reflect remarkable momentum. At this pace—at this pace of pledging and pledge fulfillment, we very well could have the necessary cash in hand this summer to get our subcontractors lined up. Brent Graves—who managed the roof repair in 2021–will manage this project with the help of the Property Team. We hope to move worship downstairs into Parish Hall in the Fall and begin the work on the sanctuary and nave. If everything goes smoothly—no supply delays, no cost overruns, no surprises—we could be back upstairs in our renewed sanctuary to celebrate Easter. When we have the cash in hand for the work in the Boulevard entrance and the crumbling front stairwell, work will commence on that final phase.

The key words are “at this pace.” The campaign team has unshakeable faith in you. We believe we have the momentum to grow the number of gifts, to turn pledges into realized cash, to attract new members and new gifts with our tradition of love.

Every pledge counts no matter the amount!

Phase 1

$360,000 - 51% of total

Procure architectural services for entire project 

Remove pews - eases access for needed work on walls and ceilings

Upgrade electrical wiring, lighting, sound system, and Zoom in the church 

Repair damaged plaster 

Repaint the interior of the church and chancel (what we all see and sit in on Sunday morning)

 

Phase 2 

$175,000 - 25% of total

Upgrade lighting and electrical in narthex (Boulevard entrance)

Remove dropped ceiling in narthex (Boulevard entrance)

Repair and repaint damaged plaster in narthex and stairwell (boulevard entrance and stairwell to Parish Hall)

Replace front exterior doors for improved safety, accessibility, and light (add safety bars for emergency exit)

 

Phase 3 

$165,000 - 24% of total

Repair flooring in sanctuary (wooden flooring)

Replace worn carpeting in sanctuary and nave 

Replace fluorescent lights behind two stained glass windows with LEDs 

Clean stained glass (Ascension Window)

Install and reconfigure pews to provide greater ease of access (minimal adjustments to the current configuration)

 

How to Give to the Campaign