1. Immediate Needs for Sanctuary
- Lighting and Painting: $80,000
Our sanctuary turned 30 years old in 2021! We upgraded to an LED theatrical lighting system and completed long overdue painting. These upgrades will allow all of our worship opportunities to effectively move out of the gymnasium and into a more sacred environment.
The new lighting will improve our sanctuary cantatas, school programs, Christmas services, and special Children’s Ministry events. So far we have received rave reviews both from people attending worship in person and those tuning
2. Children’s Ministry Renovations
- Update and Modernize: $100,000
These funds will be used to finish out the dedicated Children’s Ministry space on the second floor of the addition. This would be the first dedicated (non-classroom) space for children on Sunday in our history!
Families will have a welcoming and secure check-in environment for their young disciples. Age appropriate breakout areas will be available to each unique grade level. These spaces will have furniture specially designed to be adaptable for the unique needs of this dynamic ministry.
A special large group space will provide a place for all the age groups to interact together. This space will also be utilized for multi-generational gatherings which are so important for the spiritual development of us all.
3. New School Construction Phase 1: Cold Storage Space
- First Floor Build-out: $3.9 Million
This will include a 70-foot addition to the west and the flooring for the second story of the current cold storage. We will build out eight classrooms and two large learning commons on the first floor. In addition, there will be a large motor space/dining area for our preschool.
- Kitchen/Cafeteria Build-out: $200,000
The space for the new kitchen and cafeteria will be on the first floor of the new school building but will not be completed until funds are secured. Until then we will continue to utilize the kitchen in the fellowship hall for lunches.
- Science/STEM Lab: $150,000
Current plans call for expansion and the addition of larger science and technology resources to an existing classroom. This will not occur until funds are available.
- School Entrance / Welcome Lobby: $60,000
The completed plans create renovated space in our current west lobby for additional security, a parents’ lounge, reception area, etc. This section would not be completed until the designated funds are raised along with the STEM lab.
4. New School Construction Phase 2: Second Floor
- Second Floor:$1.5 Million
The new facility will feature many “Learning Commons” areas. These Commons will have a diversity of furniture and spaces to accommodate individual and group learning. Theses spaces were the number one request of our teachers who currently extend the classroom environment into the halls, floors and any spaces they can find.
The second story will provide eight additional classrooms, dedicated Children’s Ministry space, restroom facilities, a fine arts room, and teacher resource space. We cannot delay this addition. The current preschool numbers indicate we will need this additional space immediately!
5. Additional Needs
- Vehicle Storage and Maintenance: $90,000
Our ministry has been blessed to be a blessing with vehicles to transport the young and old! We perform much of the maintenance on the vehicles right here at Cross year-round. In an effort to be good stewards of the life of these vehicles, to provide shelter for those who service them, and to move them away from their current location, we are looking to build a vehicle barn that will also have storage for ongoing ministry needs.
Our current organ is quickly nearing the end of its serviceable life. Every week, our organists are not certain which keys and ranks will be available to use. Excessive and expensive maintenance is needed to keep the old technology up and running. Newer technology allows better sound, cheaper maintenance and a longer life expectancy. (That is pretty rare these days!)
Our school functions, special events and holiday services demand space for larger crowds. With the gym no longer an option, we need to make some long overdue updates to accommodate these gatherings in the sanctuary. We plan to make the musicians’ platform more permanent and blend it in with the chancel area. We also wish to make additional sound improvements (including acoustical panels to reduce the harsh echoes) and to improve the worship experience in the overflow space.
Cross is a tithing congregation. This means we give away 10% of our offerings to support the work of the Church in the world. We will have approximately $600,000 to give away and bless others from this campaign! So far we have voted:
Construction/expansion of their “Haskill Light” student center. This will better accommodate their campus ministry to Native American students.
The believers in Israel have been gathering without a pastor for many years. This gift was part of a three-year plan to launch a full-time Lutheran pastoral ministry in Israel. It is still going in year four!
Our thrift shop is a blessing to the community. It allows us to bless those in need and pray with people who would never come “inside a church.” Currently, Caring Hands has over 3,000 square feet of storage in the current “cold storage” space at Cross, plus there is an outdoor “tent city” in the Caring Hands parking lot to receive and sort donations. New space is needed for storage, sorting and retail. God continues to bless this ministry!