This past Sunday at Coffee Hour, we announced to the parish two necessary building projects which have been thrust upon St. Paul's over the past month. The first is that the boiler that heats the Church and Parish Hall is worn out and need substantial repair. The second is that The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring us to install a water meter, and before the water meter installation can begin, an ancient valve connecting the water supply to the church must be replaced. St. Paul's, as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt institution, will not be charged for water usage, but the work must still be done.
Both of these projects are immediate and necessary. If we do not repair the boiler, we will not have heat for the winter; if we do not tackle the water meter situation, we will be fined by the city until we do. In other words, there is no choice. We must address both issues right now.
The total cost of both projects is $30,000. That includes all the parts, labor, permits, etc., plus a little padding for unexpected costs. If you have ever undertaken this type of work before, you know that there are nearly always unanticipated issues and additional costs, especially with an older building like ours.
We put our trust in God, and God indeed doth provide. Two St. Paul's families, who wish to remain anonymous, have stepped forward to offer a fund matching donation of $15,000, half of the total cost. The challenge is for the parish to raise the other $15,000. If we are able to raise more than $15,000, all the better, but $15,000 from the parish is the goal.
The deadline is September 30, giving us two months to collect donations, but we ask that you commit to this fundraiser as soon as you can so that we can track our progress toward our $15,000 goal. The work on the boiler has already started. Any amount, great or small, is acceptable. Your contribution to the Boiler/Water Meter project is above and beyond your 2018 pledge, but, like your pledge, is tax deductible. Also, spread the word and reach out to family and friends. Some employers, especially corporations, have not-for-profit donation matching programs for their employees. If you choose to pay by check, please note "Boiler/Water Meter Project" in the memo line. You may also donate through the St. Paul's website at: http://stpaulscarrollst.org/donate/.
Please consider your contribution with prayerful discernment, and may God continue to bless you as he has blessed, and will continue to bless, St. Paul's through you.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Clinton & Carroll Streets, Brooklyn.
718-625-4126 • email: email@example.com
Rector: The Reverend Peter Cullen | Music Director: Vince Peterson