What Is Branching Out?

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Over the last 8 years, members of St. John Fraser have been developing a building project that would improve and modernize existing parts of our aging church and school, as well as add new space and features to the church and additional classrooms to our school.   During that time, the project was named Future State.

In May of 2015, voters overwhelmingly approved the Master Plan.  After this vote, the Future State Committee was disbanded and a new building committee was formed in September 2015 with a focus on the next phase!   This new committee is now  working on a capital campaign to achieve the goals and mission of this project.  Branching Out is the campaign name that stemmed from the Bible verse, John 15: 5: "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." 

Our committee believes deeply that we as members of St John are the branches. We believe and stand steadfast in the mission and ministry of St. John.  We also believe that the Word is truth and is something we must continue to spread throughout our community. Hence, our building project is branching out, both physically and spiritually, within and outside of our congregation.   

The Branching Out Committee has been meeting nearly every week since its formation.  Typically, the committee meets Tuesday nights.  In addition, sub-committees will meet on their own to work on their tasks.

The committee currently consists of four sub-committees:

  • Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Events

We have advisors made up of our pastors and school principal.

 In the coming months and years, the Branching Out committee will be keeping you posted with financial plans and benchmarks, exciting events for you and your families to enjoy and opportunities to get involved with the committee and project! 

So, we have been asked...what can WE, as a congregation do to help?  We believe these important steps will help us tremendously:

1. Pray

  • "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain" (Psalm 127:1). Now that we as a congregation have decided to build new classrooms and refurbish our existing facility, we need prayers more than ever. Pray that:
    • We would not make decisions from sinful pride or seeking human rewards, but that every decision made is for the good of the ministry of Saint John
    • The leaders of this project would be given wisdom in their decision making
    • Each member of Saint John would remain steadfast in supporting this decision by making it a priority in our lives

2. Evaluate Your Priorites

  • It goes without saying that this project cannot succeed if the members of Saint John do not support it. There is definitely much vocal support for this project, but the only way this building will move from dream to reality is if people are willing to pay for it.
    • The Branching Out Committee will be organizing specific events and drives. Please take part in these fundraising efforts.
    • The members of Saint John must be willing to make sacrifices in their personal spending to ¬†support this project over and above normal giving.

3. Stay Informed

  • The Branching Out Committee will be providing regular updates to the congregation, non-member school families, alumni, and the church at large. Please take the time to read or watch these updates throughout the project so that each member is informed.
  • Check our website routinely
  • Check out our hallway bulletin board
  • Visit our Facebook Page
  • For more information on the details of Phase I, click here.

Over the last 150 years, our church and school has preached and teached the Gospel to generations of children, adults and families.  Based on our ever changing world and society, the value we see in a Chrisitan education and the growing need to hear the Word of Christ crucified, we believe the time is now to repair and refurbish St. John, as well as expand and modernize the church and school as we move forward into another 150 years of challenges and exciting opportunities. 

To God Be The Glory!

In His Service,

The Branching Out Committee

 

 

 

 

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