St. Martha’s Catholic Church is ready to enter into the final phase of building. We are removing the modular buildings that currently serve as office space and two large meeting rooms. These buildings were purchased used by Fr. Schultz in 1992 and are in very poor condition. Last summer we spent over $15,000 just to get working air conditioning in the buildings. Two modular buildings had to be removed due to the presence of mold. Although these modular buildings have been the source of many blessings and celebrations over the years, their usefulness has run its course. Each week at least two ministries are turned away from meeting due to limited space. The staff has outgrown the current space due to the reduction in modular buildings. It is time to move forward and build for the future with additional meeting and office space that will continue to serve future generations.
The $440,000 debt from our Family Life Center Phase 2 construction was paid in full in June of 2016. The cost for the Family Life Center which opened in June of 2013 was $3.1 million. The cost for the church building which opened in 2005 was close to $9 million at its completion. The early projected cost for this next and final phase is $3.4 million for 17,000 square feet of meeting and pastoral office space (estimating $200 per sq. ft.). We CAN reach our targeted goal of the needed $3.5 million. The last capital campaign begun in 2008 received $3 million in pledges and an actual outcome of $2.6 million. Since then our income has increased as has our attendance. We currently have $500,000 in savings already dedicated to Phase 3.
Our hope would be to gain a minimum of $1 million from the capital campaign each year over and above our weekly collection and DDF pledges. If we realize this amount over three years we will be debt free. NOW is the time to begin a capital campaign. Our Clergy, Finance Council, Pastoral Council, Hispanic Council, and Ministry Staff have all been consulted throughout these early stages and are ready to move forward. God has blessed us tremendously. We look forward to continuing His work with our new space and completing “Our Legacy of Faith: Building Hope - Transforming Lives”.