Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, CO

2023 Capital Campaign Introduction

March 3, 2023

God’s Beloved—

We’ve been celebrating our congregation’s 30-year anniversary in 2023, which has given us an opportunity to reflect on our past.

In late 1992, in a vision meeting held a few months before our very first worship service, Bob Cole drew a picture of the church’s property with two features in addition to a building for worship and education.  His sketch included a tree for kids to climb and the footprint of a second building that, in his words, “We can use in some way to serve the community.” 

The idea stuck: We’re a congregation that exists to love God through serving our community.

Over the past three decades, we have remained committed to, as the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the Judeans, “the welfare of the city…for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7). Through a recession, a revitalization, and a re-imagination, we’ve held onto the dream that God would use this congregation and our property to serve our community in life-giving, life-changing ways.

As we enter into the second capital campaign in our congregation’s history, we’re doing so with deep hope and faith in the future God has for us.

We’re excited about reconfiguring and upgrading our existing space in ways that will allow us not only to continue expanding our own ever-evolving ministries; it will also facilitate our wider welcome to mission partners who already use our space on an ongoing basis while creating new possibilities for partnership.

We’re holding on to our holy imagination for creating additional space for fellowship and classrooms – two priorities our congregation has named again and again over the years. You’ll learn more about the possibilities we’re considering in the enclosed narrative budget.

In addition to the financial goal we’ve set for this campaign—based on the guidance of Disciples Church Extension Fund and our recent feasibility study—I’m deeply grateful for our Capital Campaign Team’s commitment to clarity and transparency throughout the process of bringing this dream to fruition.

Want to know more about the goals and objectives of the campaign? Capital Campaign Team Members will be available after worship on March 12 and 19 for informal Q&A sessions in Room 1.   

Enclosed you will find a bookmark inviting you to pray for this campaign and the impact it will have on our congregation and community; a narrative budget that explains the possibilities for this project; and a pledge card for this three-year campaign for you to prayerfully consider and capture your commitment. You’re invited to bring your pledge card to worship on Sunday, March 26 (or complete one online).

Daily, I am amazed at how I see God at work in and through Heart of the Rockies Christian Church—as the body of Christ and individually members of it (1 Cor. 12:27). So yes, I’m thrilled to see how God will inspire us to Give Gather Grow!

Peace and possibilities,

Rev. Melissa St. Clair, Senior Minister