“Let your light shine before
others, so that they may see your good works and give glory
to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
What is the Let Your Light Shine campaign?
The second campaign, Let Your Light Shine
(2011-2014), is an opportunity to keep the spirit of
St. Luke’s building project going even as we serve the
current and growing community that our congregation touches.
To achieve the goals outlined below will require
raising $2 million. Over the next 39 months, $728,715 is
required to make mortgage payments of $18,685 per month.
Beyond that, these funds will be used to:
• Pay down the mortgage balance. A reduction in the
current mortgage balance of $2.9 million will ease the
burden on the monthly budget and free up funds to support
ministry. When the mortgage adjusts to current market rates
on September 1, 2014, St. Luke’s aims to have the mortgage
balance reduced significantly so that the monthly payment
would fall to $9,000/month. The mortgage is scheduled to be
paid in full in 2031.
• Expand current ministries and accommodate new
ministries to better serve our congregation and the
community. St. Luke’s invites members of all ages into
fellowship and service opportunities. As a thriving
congregation, our light shines so that people can see God’s
work and give glory to God.
How can we expect the new building to grow the ministry at
This new space will expand St. Luke’s outreach in the
following ways: (1) allow additional use of our facility by
the community, (2) develop new ministries that help grow
membership, (3) permit more adult educational opportunities,
(4) increase atrium use for hospitality and invitation, and
(5) encourage more congregational fellowship events.
Where have we been? How did we get here today?
In 2008, St. Luke’s launched its first capital
campaign, Growing in Faith (2008-2011), with a
goal of determining the capacity for a redeveloped building
site. In 2009, the congregation authorized the construction
of the addition at a cost not to exceed $3.8 million with a
record 178 members affirming the plan, 56 voting no and nine
abstaining. The vote on whether St. Luke’s should borrow up
to $2.9 million to fund construction was overwhelmingly
approved with 201 members voting yes, 14 no and 13
abstaining. During the first campaign, Growing in Faith,
nearly $1.2 million was raised.
With the new addition and renovation of the 1929
structure, the construction goals of our first capital
campaign were met. We (1) improved accessibility within the
building for all who come to St. Luke’s; (2) updated the
existing structure and addressed several previously deferred
maintenance issues; and (3) increased usable space within
the building for expanded ministry to the congregation and
community. In fact, more was accomplished in the building of
the first phase than initially anticipated. But there is
work yet to be done.
There is mission and ministry to be done.
When will I be asked to give?
Every St. Luke’s confirmed member will be asked for a
commitment. It will take faith, sacrifice and plenty of
personal resolve. This is our church family’s home, and we
all have a stake in it.
You will be asked to stretch your giving over a
three-year period (July 2011 to June 2014). We will bring
our pledge cards to worship on Commitment Sunday April 10,
In order to make our goal, we are dependent on
commitments from at least 250 individuals and families, up
from 200 in the last campaign.
What about the economy?
Ongoing concerns about the job market and national
economy are unsettling. Instead of surrendering to anxiety,
let this be a time of faith and resourceful giving. Talk
with friends, consult a financial planner, tap savings,
consider an unusual asset, examine your priorities.
Can a part of my pledge support “Beyond Our Walls” like in
the last campaign?
Yes, once again you may designate a portion of the
funds offered to support a global-local ministry
opportunity. The ministry suggested for support is Refugee
One (formerly Interfaith Refugee and Immigration
Ministries). This organization creates opportunities for
refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new
lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance in Chicago.
What if we raise more than the target goal?
You may designate how your gift will be used. The first
$728,715 raised will be used to pay the mortgage. Beyond
that, you may designate how your gift should be employed:
• 100% to debt reduction
• 85% to debt reduction, 15% to ministry development
What can we expect at the end of the three-year campaign?
At the conclusion of Let Your Light Shine in November
2014, St. Luke’s will mark 100 years of ministry in Park
Ridge. As we dedicate ourselves to future generations, we
want to launch our second century of ministry with a
multi-functional space, minimal debt and enhanced mission
and ministry – all to the glory of God.
While there is more to be done to finish the new addition,
much more was accomplished in the first phase of the project
than initially anticipated.
• The gym/fellowship hall has been air conditioned.
• Skylights have been installed in the atrium to
provide additional natural light to the atrium/ gathering
place and to two sanctuary stained glass windows.
• Plumbing, electrical connections, sprinkler and air
conditioning for the second floor kitchen have been
installed in anticipation of the kitchen completion.
• Several lower level classrooms in the 1929 building
were upgraded with new ceilings, lights and fresh paint and
also improved the lower level hallway.
• Completed some “behind the scenes” steps that will
ultimately make the completion of the unfinished spaces in
the new addition easier and less expensive.
Jesus understood the importance
of light to people. In John 8:12 he said, “I am the light of
the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.” As Jesus’ followers we
seek to be a light, a beacon of hope, and a congregation in
service within our community and to those in need around the
world. We invite all members of St. Luke’s to help light the
As we dedicate ourselves to
future generations, we want to launch our second century of
ministry with a multi-functional space, minimal debt and
enhanced mission and ministry – all to the glory of God.