Jesus said, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant.” – The Gospel of John 15:5 (The Message)
Greetings to you in this season of Easter—a season when death and despair are banished to unmarked graves and the seeds of renewed hope break forth from well-tended soil.
After our reflective journey through Lent, this Easter season brings forth our joyful proclamation that we are rooted in Christ, while growing to serve the world around us. As Easter-people, reflective of Christ’s compassion and care, we are ever-reminded that he is our living Vine and we are his branches.
Over the past few years, even during the pandemic, we have seen a plentiful harvest from the One in whom we are deeply rooted. We have been blessed with:
- The courage to face changes and challenges without fear—knowing that the Spirit guides us as we adapt and evolve.
- The ability to offer nourishment to those who hunger through our Lettuce Feed Others Garden, monthly food distributions to the Pheasant Ridge community, the Free Lunch Program, and our newly formed relationship with HACAP which allows us to purchase food at pennies on the dollar.
- The resources to livestream our Sunday services, Memorial gatherings, and musical concerts—a gift that was critical during the pandemic and crucial to our sense of connectedness while we were separated.
- The opportunity to utilize our building as we create partnerships with local groups and social service organizations—deep and dedicated relationships that have helped us to be seen as a strong community partner in times of need.
- The generosity, through four successful Capital Campaigns, to purchase the land and pay down the mortgage on this beautiful location that houses our ministries.
Since 2008, sales proceeds from our former church property at 1300 Melrose and funding from Capital Campaigns has allowed us to buy land and develop our current location on Gathering Place Lane. Our all-in cost has been over 70% funded by God’s grace through generosity and good fortune, with our remaining mortgage debt reduced to slightly over $3,500,000. On the next page, please see the combined contributions of so many over the course of four capital campaigns. So much has been done; and yet there is more to do.
When we bought land as a place to grow our church community, we expected to sell property adjacent to the church to help pay the mortgage on a new building. Since then, in our journey with Christ, we see that Land Sales are on God’s time, not ours. As we fix our eyes on Christ, he strengthens and equips us for holy work in the community and beyond. Trusting God to connect hearts and renew lives, giving to the capital campaign represents our hope for the future.
Rooted in faith and growing to serve, we are beginning our Fifth Capital Campaign, and we appreciate your dedication to paying down our mortgage. But this campaign is about more than just “covering a bank note.” As we move closer to fully owning our space we are also moving outward to serve, in Christ-like ways, the communities that surround us—from educational opportunities to much needed justice work; from support for our children and youth to deeper care for those struggling with life-issues and dis-ease; and from the faithful proclamation of God’s Word to the proliferation of God’s relational Kin-dom through our work and witness.
Printed pledge cards are available in the church office, or you can pledge online at https://bit.ly/sapc-capital-campaign-pledge-2022-25.
Rooted in faith, we are grateful for progress! Growing in service, God offers the opportunity to be part of more Holy work!
Your Capital Campaign Team humbly invites you to join us on this journey—a path that leads toward the surprising and abundant harvest that lies ahead! We hope you'll join us at one of the many Small Group Gatherings will be holding in May and June.
Through Christ’s Love and Leading,
Lead Pastor and Head of Staff
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
140 Gathering Place Lane, Iowa City, IA 52246
St. Andrew Capital Campaign and Stewardship Team
- Pastors: Rob Martin and Kyle Otterbein
- Session: Tim Benson, Beth Anne Pigge, Bruce Walker, and Toni Van Voorhis
- Congregation: Christina Charis-Donelson