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Doors Wide Open: Renewing for the Future

Doors wide open: Renewing for the future
Our sanctuary was dedicated at Hamilton and Leigh in early 1967. It represented a new beginning for a congregation that had moved from downtown to this residential area. Now, 54 years later, we have concluded as a congregation that it is time to renew our Sanctuary. As we emerge from an unprecedented pandemic, our faith community at FCCSJ stands, as strong as ever, as the beneficiary of the generations who preceded us. We are the stewards and caretakers of our church campus for current and future generations.

Our Doors Wide Open: Renewing for the Future campaign is the opportunity for you to be a part of our present and our future. Please help us make an investment in our extravagant welcome that will enable everyone to participate fully in worship, help our worship space match our theology, and invite our community into our sanctuary. This page includes information about the renewal project and the ways to make your commitment or donation, leading up to Celebration Sunday on November 21!

Weekly Updates

  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    Now is the time! If you haven’t heard, we’re very close to meeting our goal of $1 million in pledges to renew our Sanctuary! Thank you to EVERYONE who has made their commitment! If you are still considering your level of commitment, know that every pledge counts, no matter the size. And now is the time. Need a Letter of Intent? Find one at  Letter of Intent [PDF]. Return your Letter of Intent no later than November 19 to be counted as part of our Celebration Sunday on November 21! “Our Sanctuary is like the home of the church, and like a second home to me. You want your home to be safe, accessible, and welcoming. And if it’s not, you make whatever corrections are needed. It’s time to make the sanctuary a safer, accessible, and more flexible space for all to enjoy now and into the future.” — Mark Domnauer
  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    Here’s what’s next for our Doors Wide Open Capital Campaign, which is quickly coming to a close. November 7 & 14: Commitment Sundays where you will receive and return your Letter of Intent indicating your financial commitment to the project. Not planning to be in church either of these Sundays? Not to worry—we’ll get your Letter of Intent to you. November 21: Celebration Sunday where we’ll all come together to celebrate achieving our goal of raising $1 million to renew our sanctuary! If you have any questions, contact [email protected] for more information. Our Capital Campaign Co-Administrator, Brian Link, shares why he is passionate about this project: “We can accomplish more in the world as a congregation than as individuals. Our sanctuary is the physical space where we gather and energize our community, building ties. It’s where newcomers make their first impressions of our community. I want us to be a vibrant community that takes care of our needs so that we are energized to go out and support our wider community’s needs.” Prayerfully consider making a generous contribution to the Doors Wide Open Capital Campaign, and join us on Commitment and Celebration Sundays!
  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    “As a long-standing church member and lawyer involved in advocating for disability rights, not to mention a mom to someone who lives with physical limitations,” says Lorraine Casto, “it has never sat well with me that the front of our church sanctuary is not easily accessible to individuals with mobility challenges.  I am grateful that we are focused as a congregation on changing this, and I look forward to welcoming all into our renewed sanctuary.  I am also excited for the opportunity to make our sanctuary space more inviting and usable for diverse groups we hope will use it to grow community in and beyond our congregation for years to come.” Please prayerfully consider your commitment to the Sanctuary Renewal project and our Doors Wide Open Capital Campaign.  Commitment Sundays are coming up November 7 and 14!  Don’t hesitate to reach out to the campaign committee with any questions at [email protected].
  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    Deanne Everton supports our Doors Wide Open Capital Campaign because “Investing our resources in our worship space makes me hopeful!  It shows that FCCSJ is willing to step out in faith, we are willing to put our money where our values are, and we are willing to join together to be the church today and tomorrow. Let us be the church and trust in God to lead us forward.” See a message of support for Doors Wide Open from Rev. Nate:
  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    Our Capital Campaign has already generated much positive energy and given us a common focus to work toward. Jennifer Busam, Capital Campaign Ministry Team member, shares her thoughts about the “Doors Wide Open” Campaign: “I want to make our sanctuary more accessible to all. I’d like our sanctuary to be more adaptable for community events, such as concerts. The campaign will be a re-energizing focus for our congregation.” The safety and accessibility of our worship space is one of the important priorities of our renewed space. Our denomination calls us to include people with disabilities in all aspects of the Church’s life and ministry. Check out the Access Sunday Worship Service videos from the UCC Disabilities Ministries to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY7e8yDXV1bFchcsxaVyy0w