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Frequently Asked Questions

The Gifting Team knows that members of our Congregation have questions, so here are answers for several of the common ones. 
 
What will this money be used for?
All gifts will be designated toward the two prime objectives of the Immeasurably More Campaign:  construction of the new Sanctuary (90%) and expanding our Missions and Community Outreach Ministries (10%), unless we are directed otherwise on your Pledge Card.  The expense of the building and the many things needed for its completion will be the primary focus of the CrossRoads Journey -Immeasurably More Campaign. 
 
What is meant by a Sacrificial Gift?
Members of Trinity Lutheran Church have varying potential due to the nature of their financial resources.   Each family is challenged to give up something to make a special gift to the CrossRoads Journey - Immeasurably More Campaign.  This gift is over and above your customary tithes to Trinity. 
 
When will my commitment begin?
The Church is actively soliciting Lead Gifts in December of 2016.  Entire Congregational pledges and giving starts January of 2017, although you can give earlier.  Tax planning may affect your choice of when to contribute.
 
I’ve given to the Future Sanctuary for many, many years.   Is this really going to happen this time?
While nothing other than Salvation is absolute, the initial plans have been drawn, the Construction company selected, design review is complete, and the Congregation has voted to proceed with the Campaign.  The Campaign results are scheduled to be announced in late March.  What is needed now is your prayerful sacrificial commitment.
 
Will I be asked to make a commitment publicly?
No... Your individual commitment will not be announced or published, unless it is your intention to encourage other givers.
 
What is the cost of the project / financial goal of the Immeasurably More Campaign?
The financial goal of the Campaign is $1,000,000.   This goal has been set from council with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund and the approximate cost of the new Sanctuary.   Questions specifically regarding the Sanctuary can be directed to the Facilities and Expansion Committee.
 
How much money has already been given to the Construction of the Sanctuary?
At the date of publication, the Church has received approximately $170,000 of funding towards the future Sanctuary Construction, which has been contributed over the last several years. 
 
How can I contribute to the CrossRoads Journey - Immeasurably More Campaign?
Contributions are intended to be made throughout the course of the three-year Campaign.   Gifts can be made in full or over the course of three years.   The Church can accept gifts of cash, stock or other investments, property, highly appreciated assets, life insurance policies, or other capital offerings you may have.  The Church has access to a CPA, financial advisors, as well as an Estate Planning Attorney that can offer advice on how to achieve tax efficient giving.
 
Can I make a specific bequest to Trinity Lutheran Church in my Estate Planning / Will? 
Yes.   You can accomplish this with a simple addendum to your current Living Trust or Will.   This is a quick and easy process.   Consult your estate advisor, or a member of the Lead Gifts Team for direction.
 
What if I want to contribute to paying off the existing mortgage?
The CrossRoads Journey team has heard from members expressing this exact sentiment.  The Pledge Card may direct a portion or all your commitment to paying down / paying off the existing mortgage.  For reference, as of December, 2016 the mortgage balance is approximately $467,000 and the rate of interest is 3.875%. 
 
What if I want to contribute to Trinity’s Missions and Community Outreach Ministries?
The CrossRoads Journey team has heard from members expressing this exact sentiment.  The Pledge Card may direct a portion or all your commitment to Trinity’s Missions and Community Outreach Ministries.
 
What if I want to contribute only to the construction of the Sanctuary?
The CrossRoads Journey team has heard from members expressing this exact sentiment.  The Pledge Card may direct a portion or all your commitment to the construction of the Sanctuary.   
 
What if I am entering this campaign after the initial commitments have already been made?
We welcome all gifts, and for those who have joined our Congregation during the CrossRoads Journey - Immeasurably More Campaign, or for those in the community, we can provide you with a Pledge Card at any point in our campaign.