19 March 2020
Dear All Soulsians,
As you all know, these have quickly become trying times with implications for how we sustain ourselves individually, as families, and as a church community. Our first priority now is to care for one another and in this moment “business as usual” is no longer possible or appropriate.
After prayer and conversation, the members of the Living Waters capital campaign leadership team have recommended to the vestry that we pause our efforts to raise funds for capital improvements. We believe that a new normal will be apparent in a few months and that we can then draw on the reservoir of interest and good will that the congregation has shown when we resume the Living Waters: Renewal for Our Second Century campaign. Our commitment to the program of renewal is not diminished. In fact, it is our conviction that waiting for a time of greater stability will enable all of us to commit more whole heartedly to building for All Souls’ future.
We hope to return to the active work of the campaign this fall but will continue to assess where we are as a parish and as a community as we discern how to move forward. Our consultant, Marc Rieke is experienced in supporting tandem stewardship campaigns for annual budgets and capital improvements and assures us this can be fruitful.
We are beyond grateful for the efforts of so many of you who have helped bring the campaign this far. With the help of planners and campaign team leaders (Tonantzin Martinez Borgfeldt, Renae Breitenstein, David Cooke, Emily Hansen Curran, Jim Feeley, Erin Horne, Kieran King, Jeannie Koops-Elson, Malcolm Plant, Patrick Tahara, Cathy Thompson, Rebecca Whitney, Kim Wong) we have articulated a clear set of priorities for the work to be done. We have gathered teams to bring this campaign to the entire parish through communication, prayer, fellowship, and planned celebration. As we pause the campaign, we offer to everyone who volunteered to help in some way with the campaign this spring, “thank you!” We pray that you will be prepared to offer your service when the campaign resumes.
We, as a community of God, are connected now, as ever. Differently connected, but deeply connected. We are grateful to be a part of the community of All Souls that has shown resilience for more than 100 years. We will continue to worship and serve.
If you have any questions or concerns about our capital campaign, please contact any one of us.
Peace, blessings, and health to you all!
The Rev. Phil Brochard, Rector
Nancy Austin, Campaign Co-Chair
Marilyn Flood, Campaign Co-Chair