Capital Campaign for Phase II
Spreading Radical Hospitality
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. —Hebrews 13:1-2
A Message from Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Dear Foundry Family,
Last September, we at Foundry started a new chapter in our life together as a congregation. That’s when we opened newly remodeled spaces that made our church building more welcoming, more sustainable and more effective in carrying out the work that God calls us to do.
All of those improvements came as a result of a years-long capital campaign by the Foundry community called Mission Possible. Hundreds of people donated to the effort — many of them sacrificially — but the results will pay dividends for generations to come. Once again, we were reminded of how God works through Foundry to change lives.
But God’s work for us is not over yet.
That is why we are now launching the next phase of our Mission Possible campaign, which will build on the success of our previous efforts, to show radical hospitality to more of our neighbors.
What is radical hospitality? One bishop puts it like this: “All churches offer some form of hospitality, but radical hospitality describes churches that strive without ceasing to exceed expectations to accommodate and include others.”
In short, that’s the Foundry way. That’s why the next phase of Mission Possible will create more opportunities to welcome our neighbors in fellowship, community and worship. God speaks to people in different ways. Some people experience God when they hear a hymn played on a pipe organ. Others prefer an intimate moment alone, the beauty of nature or a shared experience with a friend. We want to open our doors to all of them.
Our three-year, $3.6 million plan for Phase II includes three primary components, and each advances this congregation’s commitment to radical hospitality:
- The opening of a new coffeehouse ministry in partnership with a neighborhood business, in the space that is now the Davenport Center. The venture will help us reach more of our neighbors, while also giving Foundry the ability to use more intimate spaces for art, music, discussions, Bible study and alternative worship experiences.
- The fulfillment of the financial commitments we made when building the first phase of Mission Possible, which transformed much of our century-old building into a more inviting, accessible and adaptable space.
- The modernization of our sanctuary’s pipe organ which was completed in 1984, but is now showing its age. Refurbishing the organ will allow Foundry to maintain the excellence of its rich and diverse music program. Related improvements to air handlers will increase the comfort of people in the sanctuary, as well.
The next phase will also include aesthetic improvements to Foundry’s exterior, which will make the building, and thus the church, more inviting for our neighbors.
Together, these improvements can once again transform our community and open us to even more to opportunities fulfill our commitments to Love God, Love Each Other and Change the World. But we can only do it with the support of people like you. Please join us in this next step of our journey together. Pledge now either online or download this Pledge form.
Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet. —Matthew 22:9