Standing and Serving for Generations
In February 2015, Morningside Presbyterian Church launched Standing and Serving for Generations, MPC's second captial campaign. The goal to raise $1.5 million, payable over three years, has been fulfilled to further improve and enhance the facilities and ministries of the church. The campaign was designed after extensive planning and listening to our members and friends of MPC, who overwhelmingly expressed support for removing the debt burden remaining from the previous A Time of Promise campaign, rather than undertaking a major building program.
In addition to paying off approximately $700,000 in debt and freeing up the funds used to service that debt for church operations—and most especially strengthening our Christian education program for our burgeoning group of children and youth—Standing and Serving for Generations will make needed repairs throughout the building, enhance the church grounds (including parking), update the pipe organ and hand bells, upgrade eletrical and safety systems, and replace or repair heating and air conditioning units. The Fellowship Hall will also receive attention to create a better setting for receptions and formal events.
Because a balloon payment of about $147,000 was due at the end of December, campaign leaders reached out to church officers and other major supporters to raise that money by the deadline. We were able to 'burn the mortgage' at a congregational lunch to launch the new campaign. As of September 18, the campaign chairs declared we had recived 140 pledges of cash, bequests and in-kind donations for a total of $1,421,850 and the campaign was turned over to a new committee to oversee execution of the work.
A Time of Promise
In 2006, MPC undertook its first capital campaign since the church was built—called A Time of Promise—to increase accessibility of the building to all levels, create a new entrance and Welcome Center and correct defects that had developed over time.
The $2.1 million project to restore and upgrade our handsome Georgian-style church building was financed through $1.6 million in pledges, as well as low-interest loans from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program. As part of that first-ever capital campaign, 31 areas of water intrusion were rectified, our historic Wicks-Coulter pipe organ was restored and renewed, our Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall were beautified and enhanced, and we contributed to Presbyterian mission work in the Sudan. We now have a new entrance that is accessible to everyone, an elevator that reaches all four levels of the south wing, new offices and new lavatories.