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 the 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 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 and lack of fresh air 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)
March 2020 update click here

Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning

Update HVAC for the whole church - $480,000
This would result in heating, cooling and fresh air throughout the whole building, except for the Youth Center where the heating/AC have 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 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 may be $23,000)

possible need to enlarge the boiler room

cost for asbestos removal

Parking Lot Repair - $110,000

This estimate included replacing two catch basins.
May be reduced because we had to replace one of the catch basins in 2019.

Sanctuary Lighting - $21,700

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

funded - THANK YOU!

Sanctuary Sound - $16,260 

Replace loudspeaker system for 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 = $600,000    Total raised as of 12-21-19 = $238,565

*The total has been adjusted by funds already available.



United Methodist Church

2950 Lakeview Avenue

St. Joseph, MI  49085

Hours: M-F 9:00 to 1:00

Office: 269.983.3929

Email:  office@sjfirstumc.org












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