March Update 2021
As of the end of the day Friday, we have cash in hand donations of $889,350.87, plus another $138,126.88 pledged, for a grand total of $1,027,477.75! That’s 1 million dollars in just 2 months! That’s amazing generosity! Now, I’m not big at clapping in Church, but… can we please pause right now and thank and praise God for what He has just done here?......
Such gratitude. You know, I was dreading this campaign. I don’t like talking about money, and I know we’ve had financial struggles. So I feel that, with the bid coming in as low as it did, AND – such a huge outpouring of generosity God is just telling us: - He’s taking care of us AND – He’s boosting our confidence knowing what we can do together. This is TRULY YOUR ROOF, THIS IS OUR HOME, and you responded. Thank you, thank you for your great generosity to the Lord. I am grateful and humbled.
Okay – Fr, so what’s next. Do we get the roof this year or not? So I brought all this to Msgr. Grams and the Diocesan Council, and because we have done so well in just 2 months, they have given us the permission to continue raising the funds while we go ahead and accept our bid and SIGN THE CONTRACT FOR THE WHOLE ROOF TO GET DONE THIS SUMMER! So the contract is signed, and over there by the candles, I’ve put a statue of St. Joseph (a little hard to see him) with a picture of our roof at his feet, because this summer St. Joseph is giving us a NEW ROOF! Perhaps you would like to light a candle and say a prayer for this project there.
The project will start the day after school is done. We’d like to do a special kick-off at that time. The school roof will be finished before school starts, and the whole roof will be finished sometime this fall.
So – what about the remaining $372,522.25 we still need? Sounds small now, doesn’t it? Well, we still need to raise it. The Diocese gave us an extension so we can keep fundraising while we go ahead with the project. We will go ahead in 2 ways:
1) We will keep calling and asking : there are still 100’s of parishioners we have not called to invite to give a donation. We would like to do this first. Would you, or someone you know who is not here today, be willing to help us call parishioners just to check in, to see how they are doing and simply ask them to consider giving to our roof campaign? – and if you get a call, again, please be kind. We will be sending another letter to all parishioners to update you on this progress.
2) Secondly, the Diocese gave us permission to accept 2-3 year pledges for the remainder of the funds. So for those who gave already, would you be able to consider a 2 or 3 year pledge? This might make it possible for some to give more by spreading it out.
I am confident we will reach our full goal, even sooner than we think! So let’s close by praying the Memorare to St. Joseph again. Let us pray:
Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted.
Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection. Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.
Letter that was mailed on March 8, 2021
I am writing to you today, on behalf of your Church of St. Peter community. I write with an update and additional invitation.
As you know, we are in the middle of a capital campaign for our roof. We have been humbled by the outpouring of gifts from our community. As I said in the initial announcement at Mass, this is your roof. This is our roof. The church is our home and we are all responding to the need. Thank you for your generosity and prayers. We are excited about moving forward and know that our church and school will benefit from it for many years to come.
When we spoke about the campaign in January, we talked about a March deadline. The Diocese has a policy that states we must raise 75% of the cash needed and the remaining 25% in pledges, prior to signing a contract for the work to be done. Our bid of $1.4 million will expire on March 17, 2021.
We are happy to announce that because of the generosity of our community, the Diocese has granted us an extension on our timeline. This is only due to the amazing gifts that have been given in the last two months. We are so very hopeful that our roof project will begin as soon as school is done for the academic year.
To date, we have raised $889,350.87 in cash and have another $138,126.88 in pledges. This means we have raised $1,027,477.75 towards our $1,400,000 goal. This is outstanding! We have raised 73% of our goal. Because of the tremendous support shown by our community, the Diocese will allow us to continue raising funds for the project.
I am writing today to ask you to join our community and me in giving. We appreciate your consideration.
I invite you to pray about what you are being led to contribute to this very important need. Since being assigned here, I have really tried to focus on Jesus. So far, He has blessed us and I look forward to witnessing how He will continue these blessings. I entrust this who project to St. Joseph, in this Year of St. Joseph. What better patron than him for a roof! I look forward to speaking with you soon.
In Christ, Fr. Craig Timmerman
February 2021 Update
We are officially in a new capital campaign for our roof. The current roof is 20 years old and is at a point where the safety of our parishioners and students is becoming more of a concern. The roof leaks in many places, which creates mold and weakens the structure. Several patches have been installed on the roof over the past years, the most recent one being last year.
We are in a unique position right now. The initial estimate we were given came in at $2.4 million to replace the entire roof with a steel roof. We prayed about this and then requested multiple bids. Our prayers were answered with a bid of $1.4 million. Our roof committee was unanimous in the decision to go with a steel roof as steel has a longer life attached to it and will not overheat and cause leaking as the shingles did with our large roof. We are excited about moving forward with this option and know that our church and school will benefit from it for many years to come.
We have set an aggressive timeline for the funding of this campaign. The Diocese has a policy that states a church may only sign a contract for capital improvements when 75% of the cash needed is in hand and 100% is accounted for in pledges. Our bid will expire on March 17, 2021.
We are happy to announce we have already made great progress on our goal. The church is happy to contribute $130,000 towards the goal. We have also received $90,000 in gifts throughout the year. I am also pleased to announce we have received $148,500 in total pledges from 14 donors, since January 1. This represents a total of $368,500 in gifts and pledges from our parish as of January 9, 2021. We are blessed to have such generous parishioners, who have decided to be leaders in the effort.
I am writing today to ask you to join them and join me in giving. Please review the pledge form on the attached page. We appreciate your consideration. We know this is an aggressive goal, but we believe we can do this together.
I invite you to pray about what you are being led to contribute to this very important need. Since being assigned here, I have really tried to just focus on Jesus. So far, He has blessed us and I look forward to witnessing how He will continue these blessings. I entrust this whole project to St. Joseph, in this Year of St. Joseph. What better patron than him for a roof! I look forward to speaking with you soon. A blessed New Year!
Fr. Craig Timmerman