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Trinity Lutheran Church has been committed to serving God through ministry to and with its members and through outreach to the greater Grand Rapids community for the past 120 years. Our location, facilities and faces have changed over the past century, but our mission has remained the same; a commitment to Christ, to one another, and to the care of our community here in the metropolitan area and around the globe.
Our congregation today is an active community comprised of more than 600 households. Led by a diverse Congregation Council, a dedicated senior pastor and a new associate pastor, strong teams of lay leaders, dedicated staff and many volunteers, there is an ever increasing number of ways that people of all ages can participate in the spiritual, educational, fellowship and service ministries of our church.
Because of our strong heritage of service, outreach and benevolence, we look to chart a course forward that ensures we maintain the “strength to serve.” With God’s blessing, we look to overcome obstacles and provide for the long-term sustainability of our congregation and its mission.
Our Facility Needs
Fifty-six years ago, Trinity Lutheran moved to our current location on the east side of Grand Rapids. Much has changed in the past half-century, including substantial growth in our membership, staffing, and the ministries we extend in Christ’s name. We have made things work for many years by repurposing significant areas of our facility. However, we have come to a time for action. The facility has begun to hinder rather than enhance our ministries and the infrastructure of the facility needs significant maintenance, upgrade and/or replacement. Trinity’s facilities are “corridor-centric,” with significant square footage dedicated to hallways and confusion in wayfinding throughout our facility. The repurposing of space through the years has eliminated vital fellowship areas and taxed our multipurpose space. It is time we take a hard look at our building design to make it serve our needs, rather than fitting our needs into whatever space is available.Crumbling Cross Tower
The largest areas of concern are:
- The 21-year old flat roofs we have on much of our facility are in need of replacement. Leaks have developed and will continue to develop with these aging roof systems.
- The glass “lantern” above the altar has been the source of water condensation over the years and has caused damage to the ceiling of our sanctuary. This detracts from the beauty of our sanctuary and could lead to much larger issues if left unresolved.
- The HVAC system throughout much of our facilities is outdated and inefficient. It will require major maintenance and/or replacement. Additionally, many of the spaces in our building are not currently air-conditioned.
- The wiring in the building is original in most areas and our modern equipment often exceeds its capacity.
- The “lantern” above the altar will be properly sealed and any damage to the surrounding ceiling area will be repaired.
- The HVAC units will be replaced. This will provide more constant climate control to all areas of our facility and significantly improve energy efficiency.
- Old wiring throughout the building will be upgraded and brought up to code.
- Flat roofs and other exterior surfaces will be improved or replaced in both the renovation and new development of space and in the areas outside that development.
Repurposing the existing courtyard and adjacent to the new expanded Rejoice worship space, office core, youth space, and new hospitality area off the kitchen, the possibilities for its use are many. It will allow for larger meetings and gatherings, overflow from Rejoice service, fellowship before and after all traditional and contemporary worship services, excellent adjacencies, an open flow from one space to another, and a central gathering area for our many ministries.
Our current sanctuary will continue to be used exclusively for our traditional worship services. We will attend to overdue repairs and upkeep to ensure this traditional space continues to serve as a beautiful and inspirational place of worship for decades to come
To address our needs and plans we are initiating an intensive fundraising effort titled the “Strengthen to Serve” campaign. Our aim with this important effort is to raise the funds required to renovate our current facility, giving us a more open and inviting layout with specific development of spaces for fellowship, contemporary worship, and our youth.
Our minimum goal is $3,000,000, which will enable us to complete all deferred maintenance, including the cross tower, as well as transform Centennial Hall into a new, dedicated space for
Rejoice Worship. A Challenge goal of $4,000,000 has also been set which, if met, will enable us to create a new, multilevel gathering space to improve fellowship in our congregation. Finally, a
Miracle Goal of $5,800,000 encapsulates the entire project and would allow us to redesign and relocate the office areas which will free up space to create a new, central and exciting space for our vibrant youth ministry.
- Long-term subscriptions, or pledges payable over three years, are easier for most and essential to meeting our goal, since it would be impractical, if not impossible, to reach our objectives with one-time, out-of-pocket gifts. Gifts may be made in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual installments at the donor’s discretion. A 10% initial investment toward your total pledge is encouraged.
- Non-cash gifts are an additional or alternative way you can support our cause. You may wish, for example, to consider gifts “in kind” such as labor and materials; gifts of securities such as stocks and bonds; gifts of real estate such as land, homes, vacation and rental properties or even personal property such as artwork, automobiles, jewelry and antiques.
- And finally, you can also choose to support our efforts through deferred gifts. These are gifts that can be given or arranged for now, but will not be received until later, and include gifts through a person’s will by bequest, gifts of life insurance policies or annuities, and trust arrangements.
Cross Tower $ 600,000
Main Entrance $ 400,000
Special Sections and Selections
Fellowship Hall $ 800,000
Administration Wing $ 250,000
- Pastors’ Offices $ 100,000 ea
- Conference Room $ 75,000
- Main Office $ 75,000
- Offices (8) $ 50,000 ea.
Youth Room $ 200,000
- Youth Breakout Room $ 50,000
Children’s Wing $ 200,000
- Children’s Gathering $ 100,000
- Children’s Classroom (5) $ 50,000 ea.
Café $ 100,000
Music Ministry Wing $ 100,000
Adult Education Rooms (2) $ 75,000 ea.
Prices of the stated items are not necessarily reflective of the component’s cost. Rather they are based on the prominence of the item, our needs, and hopefully, the gift abilities of our community. Although payments for these gifts may be made over the entire pledge period, recognition will be given when the gift is paid in full and will extend for a minimum of twenty (20) years.
Donors of specific items or areas will have their names and/or the names of those they are honoring with their gifts inscribed directly on the item given or on special plaques or nameplates placed on or near the item where appropriate. These naming rights will extend for a minimum of twenty (20) years once payment for the item is fully received. Additionally, all donors, regardless of the size of their gift, will have their names listed in a special bulletin insert announcing campaign results as well as on a special “Donor Wall” or “Donor Book” that will be displayed in a prominent and visible place within our facilities.
But whatever the gift or method of making it may be, please be assured that your support is both urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated. Through the prayerful, volunteer and financial support of many, and the extraordinary support of a few, we will succeed in our task. Won’t you please join us in this exciting and essential effort to better our service to one another, to our community and to Christ?