Hixson UMC Launches Capital Campaign

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hixson United Methodist Church, 5301 Old Hixson Pike, will launch  a Capital Campaign this Sunday, entitled "Growing in Mission, Forward in Faith".  During the Sunday School hour, members of the congregation will be sharing a special Capital Campaign presentation in each class as they discern God's future for  ministry together. This time will include a campaign Bible lesson, video presentation, and time for discussion and prayer.  A general session will also take place in the Sanctuary beginning at 10 a.m. for anyone who is not currently connected to a Sunday School class.

Additionally, each worship services will include a "Ministry Moment" offered by one of the campaign leaders, sharing about the excitement of God's mission at Hixson United Methodist Church, and how the church is seeking to move forward in faith.

The project includes  28,000 square feet of new construction; Renovation to the Children's Ministry area; New classroom space for Adult Classes; Renovation to the sanctuary narthex and chancel area; Improved handicap accessibility; Dedicated River Worship area; Additional kitchen space; and Bringing the entire facility up to current fire code.

The plan will help the church  continue to fulfill its mission as a congregation through expanded facilities for the addition of more people and programs as part of the ministry of Jesus Christ.  The estimated cost of the project is $6.9 million. A three year capital campaign is an effort to secure pledges to underwrite the project as well as explore additional avenues of funding. All of this will be in accordance with the 2012 Discipline of The United Methodist Church, which stipulates that no contract will be signed until the church has cash on hand, pledges payable during construction and/or a loan to cover all contractual obligations.


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