The St. John's Capital Campaign Update - May 2020

"Affirming our Welcome: Building in Faith" 

Thank you again to all who have donated to the Affirming our Welcome: Building in Faith Capital Campaign.
Your generosity and your ongoing support is enabling us to make many important upgrades to our facility,
which will help us live more fully into our call to serve God, each other, and our community. Even though
we are not currently coming together in physical space, we will return to our church home at some point,
so we are continuing to move forward with the important work of the campaign to ensure that we are able
to meet all our goals for these very important enhancements.

Financial Position/Grants and Loans
First, we have good news to report regarding campaign donations. Most importantly, thanks to many of
you who have made pledge payments, we have received approximately $ 70,000 during the first four
months of the year. Coming on the heels of the stellar response to the ‘first fruits’ offering in December,
and in the midst of a world-wide quarantine, that is an excellent pace for donations. In addition, we are
pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the diocese for $ 15,000 to support the project,
bringing our campaign total to approximately $ 900,000. We also have a second proposal in for a grant from
the trustees of the diocese (a separate fund) which may add to that total. The diocese has also approved a
low interest line of credit for up to $200,000 to help facilitate our cash flow as we move forward with the
implementation phase.

Roof Repairs Completed
Next, we are very happy to report that our first project is complete! After a slight interruption due to
quarantine, the JD Candler Roofing Company has completed the roofing repair project. With a building as
large and complex as ours, we will always have a need for some ongoing roofing work, but through your
generosity this important project has helped to secure the future of the entire facility and will extend the
life of many of the roof surfaces. This project included replacement of the roof above the chapel and
chapel entrance: 200 composite tiles were replaced by hand on the sanctuary roof; the A-frame trim boards
have been clad in aluminum; significant repairs have been done on the library roof; and many other minor
repairs throughout the building have addressed other areas of concern. This work was estimated to cost
$ 75,000, but fortunately the final cost came in at $63,420.

HVAC Coming this Summer
We are also proceeding with the heating and cooling upgrades including replacing the original boiler and
adding cooling to the Sanctuary, Chapel, and Jatho Hall. We have signed a contract with Fire and Ice
Mechanical Co. to complete this project based on our engineers plans and specifications. This project was
most recently estimated to cost approximately $ 425,000, but the contract for this work (not including a
contingency for unexpected conditions) is $ 326,000. We are waiting for approvals from the city of Royal
Oak, which has been delayed partially due to quarantine, but we hope that this project will be complete
sometime in early August.

Other Projects
We are also currently soliciting bids for repairs to the accessible ramp at the Woodward entrance, which is
an important component of our overall accessibility project, and reflective coatings for the sanctuary
windows to help reduce heat gain in conjunction with the new sanctuary cooling system. These two
smaller projects we also hope to complete by the fall.

Accessibility Project On Track
For the accessibility project (entry vestibule, elevator, etc.), we still plan to continue the design process
sometime in the fall, which will allow us to “put the project out to bid” late next winter. Our hope is that
this project will be complete by mid-fall in 2021. We are not planning any significant changes to this project
– the entry vestibule and elevator are still central to our ability to welcome all to our space – but rest
assured that in the next phase of design we will be incorporating measures to enhance safe and hygienic
access to the building in response to what we have learned recently about communicable diseases.

If you are new to the parish or have not made a pledge to the campaign and would like to make a pledge or
a contribution, please contact one of us or a member of the clergy, or you can make a donation here anytime.
The fundraising campaign continues through December 2022.


We are so grateful for this community, and for the prayers, financial support, and hard work we have
witnessed from all of you. Collectively we are demonstrating the love and resilience that has always been
at the core of this amazing faith community, but has been called upon in recent days in ways we could not
have imagined. We are grateful to all of you for your care for one another and your stewardship that will
help to ensure another century of service to God and our neighbors at the corner of 11 Mile and

Marie Donigan, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

Will Wittig, Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Senior Warden

Living Into Our Welcoming Statement

Though surveys and interviews, these are the projects that you selected to remove barriers, improve comfort and create a building that truly welcomes all:


Create a new accessible entrance because everyone is welcome here. An entrance sets a tone and an expectation. It conveys a message about who we are and what we value.


Welcome all who enter our building - no exceptions. In the changing Michigan weather, it is important to have the flexibility to adjust internal air temperature to create a comfortable and safe environment for all who enter the building, while also considering energy costs and efficiencies.

Structural Security

Provide a safe, secure, and structurally sound facility. This speaks to our desire to serve as a community resource for groups inside St. John’s as well as those in our wider community. The primary asset in need of attention is the roof. 

For Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Not Equal Gifts but Equal Sacrifice 


The concept of equal giving has never existed at St. John's. Instead, we believe that the sacrifice should be equal.  This ensures that there is a role in this capital campaign for every member of St. John's.  Everyone's participation is important if we are to be successful.


Your financial involvement is a decision between you and God. Giving is part of worship and it is giving from the heart that pleases God.  You will never be pressured or told what you should give.   We simply ask that you pray to discern God's will for your participation in this Capital Campaign. 

St. John's Episcopal Church

26998 Woodward Avenue

Royal Oak, MI 48067
Telephone: (248) 546-1255

Office Hours :Monday - Friday 10 -4

On the Woodward FAST Bus Route  

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