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Capital Improvement Update - May 2021

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Capital Improvement (ROCK) Campaign. We have accomplished so many of the projects despite being closed for several months. Last spring, the lighting and sound systems were updated. The security camera system is very near to completion! In preparation of the parking lot replacement, two trees have been removed and the many stones that surrounded the trees were moved to new locations.

The parking lot and sidewalk will be replaced as soon as the weather becomes more suitable for the work. That means that the company needs at least four days of no rain, likely in June.  We’ll let you know the dates as soon as the time is scheduled. The good news is that they plan to start on a Monday and be done by that Thursday. We won’t have to relocate parking for Sunday morning!

We have also received an update on the HVAC system and we’re very excited - more information to follow.

Here’s an update about the financial end of the project:

Balance on hand – $201,337.54 as of April, 30th, 2021

Expected by December 31st, 2023 – $90,652.20

Remember that the parking lot is already funded, so the HVAC system is the last piece!

What is the R.O.C.K Campaign?

With the R.O.C.K. Campaign, we will Renew Our Church for the Kingdom. We are getting God’s building ready to continue to serve our community for many years to come.  What is included?

  • HVAC System - The heating, ventilation, and cooling system needs to be updated. By doing this, not only would we be able to control the environments throughout the building, but also address the humidity issues.

  • Parking Lot - The parking lot needs to be replaced. The drainage issue will be addressed as well.

  • Security Updates - Cameras will be added to protect those who use the church.

  • Lighting Updates - Lighting in the Sanctuary will enhance visibility and allow us to do new and creative things.

  • Sound Updates - Our sound equipment needs to be updated to improve the quality of all programs held in our sanctuary.

With the completion of these projects, we are being good stewards of God’s house. See more details below.

“...and on this ROCK I will build my  church...”

Matthew 16:18

A letter from Pastor Dan Colthorp ~

Many lives have been changed and many families helped through the worship, ministries, and missions offered at St. Joseph First UMC.  However, the building is 50 years old and it is time to address the problems of an aging facility.  With these updates, we will have many more years of effective ministry for God's Kingdom. 

Our goal is to raise $600,000 in 4 years to do several projects.  We will update the HVAC system, which will solve our humidity issues in the church building. The parking lot has been in need of repair for several years and needs to be fully replaced.  We also want people to feel safe at our church, so we will be updating to modern security standards by adding cameras.  We will be improving the lighting in the Sanctuary, so it will be easier to read the hymnals.  We will also improve the sound system so everyone will be able to better hear worship services and concerts in the Sanctuary.  

As we Renew Our Church for the Kingdom of God, you can help by donating to the campaign. Give on a weekly or monthly basis or make a one-time donation.  All gifts, big or small, are greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your help!

R.O.C.K. Campaign Projects (Jan. 2020-Dec. 2024)

Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning

Update HVAC for the whole church - $480,000
This would result in heating and cooling throughout the whole building, except for the Youth Center where the heating/AC has already been updated. The new system would allow healthy air to be sent to each room and include individual room thermostats, saving costs by heating/cooling rooms as needed. The four windows units will not be needed and removal would improve the security of the building.


Already needed and planned:

HVAC for Sanctuary - $130,000

Replace A/C Unit in Fellowship Hall - $35,700

Replace Air Handler for Fellowship Hall - $34,200


Cost to replace boilers (in near future) – $160,000


Not included: engineering costs (which maybe $23,000)

possible need to enlarge the boiler room

cost for asbestos removal

Parking Lot Repair - $110,000

This estimate included replacing a catch basin.

funded - THANK YOU!

Sanctuary Lighting - $21,700

Improve lighting for the main seating area, Chancel lighting, and control panel for the system.

funded - THANK YOU!

Sanctuary Sound - $16,260 

Replace loudspeaker system for the main seating area, sound coverage for those leading worship. 

funded - THANK YOU!

Building Security - $5,000

Install cameras both inside and outside the building to improve security. 

funded - THANK YOU!

Adjusted Total = $480,000   As of August 31, 2020 we have $161,788 in the Rock fund.  Projected pledge payments for Sept. 1, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2023 is $226,298.  That leaves us just shy of $92,000 to complete all projects.

*The total has been reduced by projects fully funded.