Capital Campaign Update

April 13, 2020

We remain committed to the Capital Campaign. However, out of sensitivity to our members in these uncertain economic times, the Session has decided to pause our active fundraising efforts. 

Originally, we planned to build fundraising momentum toward a commitment Sunday on May 17. Those plans are delayed until we have a better sense of the economic landscape, perhaps until this fall.  

We also need to be good stewards of the church’s resources and are delaying the start of construction, to align with our adjusted fundraising calendar. Before the COVID disruption, we were scheduled to start construction on September 1, 2020. Now, if the way be clear, we anticipate starting construction in late May, 2021.  

None of us wanted or could have anticipated the challenges we face, but there has never been a more important moment for us to be the church. In these next weeks (or months) our focus as a church will be on caring for our members and our neighbors, and offering opportunities for prayer and worship.  

Because we have already received some payments from those who have pledged to the campaign, we can continue with the construction planning and work with the organ builder on a revised timeline. We also continue to plan for our two large missional outreach projects—expanding the Child Development Center with an endowment for tuition scholarships, and establishing a sliding-scale mental health practice in the heart of Charlotte.  

First Presbyterian Church has maintained its witness to Christ in the heart of Charlotte for 199 years because of God’s faithfulness and that of our members. That faithfulness will sustain us and provide for us in this season.

~The Reverend Pen Peery