St Barnabas’ Sanctuary Capital Campaign 2018-2020
After a successful Capital Campaign pledge drive in 2017/2018, we received original pledge commitments totaling about $222k or 85% of the $260k campaign goal. In addition, we have received about $8k of non-pledged donations to the Capital Campaign. We also expect to draw about $30k from the church Memorial Fund to help pay for a new organ. The Capital Campaign was done with no impact to our normal annual pledge commitments, demonstrating the strong financial support the parish has for the church. Through December 2019, we have received a total of $201k ($193k pledged and $8k non-pledged) and fully expect to receive the $29k remaining pledged amount by year-end 2020, per the original target completion date.
There were 4 primary goals of the Capital Campaign: to improve the overall sanctuary experience including floor upgrades, a new sound system, a new organ and general sanctuary upgrades. Some funds were also raised for prior debt reduction.
Capital Campaign Goals:
- Sanctuary Floor Upgrade: The old red carpet and asbestos tiles in the sanctuary needed to be replaced. The carpet was faded and worn and the old asbestos tiles under the pews needed to be removed. The altar communion rail was also modified as part of this project, to improve the appearance of the altar space. The pews were removed and new vinyl plank flooring (VPF) with a pleasing blue carpet runner for the main aisle was installed. The work was completed in September 2019.
- Sanctuary Sound System Upgrade: The old sound system was not meeting the needs of the parish, causing difficulty in hearing the sermon or the choir. It was made up of older technology and standard audio speakers. A new audio system with updated technologies and wide band column speakers was installed by a professional sound company, JD Sound from Vorhees, NJ. We now have new wireless mics, choir mics with carbon fiber booms, and a new digital sound board where we can store preset settings to be used for our various services. The new sound system was installed in February 2020.
- New Replacement Organ: Our current 1986 Allen electronic organ has reached the end of its life and can no longer be repaired. Several components of the organ are no longer functioning, creating odd sounds or lack of sounds during the service. An Organ Committee was formed, and we retained the services of an organ consultant, Keith Shafer of Church Music Services, to help guide us in selecting a replacement organ. We received bids from 3 different organ companies for a new digital organ, with 2 manuals, 45 stops and new audio system. The final evaluation phase has been completed and our recommendation to the Vestry was accepted. The new organ is expected to be installed this summer.
New Zimmer organ will look like this with a custom stain color that we have not yet chosen
- General Sanctuary Upgrades: Any remaining funds from the Capital Campaign after we complete the 3 main objectives (new flooring, a new sound system and a new organ) will be used for general upgrades to the sanctuary space. The budget is expected to be about $15-25k for these items, depending upon the final cost of the new organ and sound system. The targeted upgrades include new sanctuary doors, window replacement, interior painting, narthex renovation, and seat cushions. These upgrades are expected to be completed over a period of time as appropriate and as funding allows.
- Debt Reduction: Some parishioners contributed to the Capital Campaign but wanted to designate some of their contribution to reduce the remaining debt load from the previous 2006-2008 Capital Campaign that expanded the church offices and lounge area. That Capital Campaign raised about $400k and required $200k of loans to complete the addition. There is about $147k of remaining loan outstanding. Parishioners contributed $13k during this recent campaign to reduce the principal on these outstanding loans.