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Click HERE for a link to an informational video about the Renovation!


The Building Renovation Project — Next Steps

Here’s a quick synopsis of the information that was presented on Sunday October 27 regarding where we are in this process and what the next steps are.  

The survey conducted in May showed that 90% of respondents felt we needed to do something to remove barriers and improve access in our building. Based on that response, your Council interviewed two capital appeal consulting firms and is now recommending that we undertake a guided capital appeal. Your Council feels that this is the best way to determine how much renovation we can realistically afford at this time.

In the next week you will receive a formal notice of a special congregational meeting to be held on Sunday, November 17 at 9:15am. The only business to be conducted at this meeting will be consideration of Council’s recommendation to approve a guided capital appeal program for the purpose of funding our building renovation project. 

A yes vote on November 17,  will authorize the Council to:

    • sign a contract with the Rev. Kurt Nordby of Generosity Coaching for the amount of $4,500. 
    • convene a Capital Appeal Team to develop and carry out the capital appeal program under the guidance of the Rev. Kurt Nordby.
    • convene a Building Renovation Team to work with the architect, Capital Appeal Team, and the congregation to develop “The Plan” that we can realistically afford. 

The Council envisions a second congregational vote in mid-2020 to approve “The Plan,” with groundbreaking in early 2021 and consecration in mid-2022, ideally to coincide with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church. 

A second information session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 ay 7:15pm for those who were unable to attend last Sunday. 


Pastor Ritva

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