*VPC is our home. A place to rest and renew. A place to reflect and recharge. A place of beauty and mystery that inspires and renews. An inviting place for those who long for more.
*VPC is a strong healthy Christian community that is giving seekers the tools and support needed to risk the Spirit led journey.
*VPC is the steward of good gifts. We are caretakers of our campus. Hosts to those souls who come to us. Servants to those we serve in the world with our resources. We are stewards of all that has been entrusted to us. We have been given the work to use these abundant gifts freely, care-fully, generously, and creatively to work out the vision.
*VPC is a family of faith. Because God first loved us, by grace, we long to love and respect each other along the journey as family members, and stand with each other in the risk of living in the faith Christ gave us.
*VPC is a place to risk the Spirit led journey. With the experience of God’s love as our foundation, we boldly risk living the full gracious generous lives God’s created for us, and we make a difference!
The opportunities to position VPC for the next 50 years:
As we discern our future, the church leadership invites the congregation to participate in this challenge to raise $1.5 million over the next four years. Raising these capital funds will position VPC to begin the next 50 years of ministry with our campus upgraded, debt free, and continuing to become the innovative, creative, welcoming community that has nurtured our faith, given us a home, and called us to risk more for the Kingdom of God.
1. Campus Upgrade and Repair -- $600,000
Built almost 50 years ago, the VPC Sanctuary and Fireside Room has been home for the congregation and community, providing a center of worship and hospitality located in the beauty of God’s creation. Our ‘new’ buildings are 20 years old. They been used for countless experiences in the creative arts, faith formation and education, The buildings are showing all that love and use! A conservative estimate is that over 35,000 people a year are on campus for everything from worship to weddings, theater events and classes, to music concerts and classes. We have been good stewards of this unique asset, and now is the time to upgrade the campus for the next 50 years of ministry.
Roof work -- $365,000 (Sanctuary shingles/Flat roof re-slope/TPO/Skylights $270,000, Fireside shingles/TPO/ $35,000, Lane Hall shingles/TPO $30,000, Office $30,000.)
Landscape work -- $25,000 (Retaining wall replacement on the Holly Court & Creek erosion repair)
Remodel Kitchen -- $20,000
Other Campus Upgrades -- $30,000 (Re-carpet and repaint interiors and some exteriors. Seal and repaint parking lot.)
Replenish Repair Fund -- $20,000 (taken out of 2012/13 budget)
Other Projects in the Pipeline -- $100,000 (Replace boiler and radiant heat repair, organ replacement)
2. Elimination of Debt -- $650,000
In 1987, when the church was searching for the next pastor(s), the decision was made to provide housing in Portola Valley, so the new pastor and his/her family would be a part of the community. The church and the Goodman-Morris’ purchased and co-own the church manse at 202 Wyndham Dr. The need is to eliminate the debt which includes the existing mortgage, and the Goodman-Morris’ portion of the ownership in the house. The church will own the house free and clear for ministry in the future. The elimination of the debt will free over $22,000 for the annual operating budget.
Goodman-Morris ownership $320,000 (approx.)
Repairs to the Manse $60,00
3. Initiatives Fund -- $130,000
To fund the “risk” part of the vision (“called to risk the Spirit-led journey”) with innovative initiatives that will create new opportunities for faith formation/Christian education for children, youth, and families. Develop projects in music, theater, and the arts that will extend our unique and bold reputation as a cutting edge community of faith. To initiate and fund a succession plan that will celebrate our current pastoral leadership and prepare us for the next best thing God has in store.
The Story: Several years ago Jen Oxley chose to give a gift of $100,000 to VPC. She chose to give the gift before she died so she could enjoy the fruits of the gift, and she did! The gift was to be used to fund projects that were creative, visionary, and furthered the ministry. Some of the most exciting and creative things we’ve done in the past 5 years were initiated by Jen’s generous gift. The list included:
The first year of funding to jump start our Youth Ministry under the leadership of Ashley Pogue.
Production of the new musicalPuah’s Midwife Crisis (written by Cheryl Goodman-Morris and Karen Russell) both locally and for a national audience in Louisville, KY
The Initiative Fund needs to be refunded to develop the next wave of innovative ministries.
Some Proposed Projects:
Pastoral Transition Plan -- $70,000
Develop a new Biblically based musical in partnership with PVTC. The working title is “Abraham!” -- $20,000
Develop programs to integrate hospitality into our outreach. One of our most important missions in the next 5 years is to grow our church community. -- $20,000
Theologian in Residence (4 guest leaders over 4 years)-- $20,000
4. Mission Partnerships -- $120,000
For the VPC family, a significant part of risking the journey of faith is in service to others. We are called to extend the Kingdom of God beyond our campus. Aware of the needs of our mission partners we will provide capital to enhance their work.
Nearly10 % of the Capital Campaign donations, $120,000, is targeted for mission capital projects: $70,000 will be for
international projects, and $50,000 for local mission projects.
Local Capital Mission Projects
·The $50,000 for local projects will be divided equally among four
local agencies whom we support that currently have capital projects of their
own. These are: 1) a home in San Mateo County by Habitat for
Humanity 2) Food refrigeration facilities for St Anthony’s Padua Dining
Room 3) renovation of building for St Francis Center and 4) New Dining
Room at St Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco.
·Of the $70,000 for international projects, $60,000 will be for
installing water systems in Haiti and $10,000 for installing electricity for
school in Zang Tabi, Cameroon.
Valley Presbyterian Church is a blessed community -- a family of faith, a breath-taking campus, gifted leadership, life giving relationships, experiences of grace and forgiveness, financial strength, and creative partnerships that allow us to make a difference in the world. God calls us to be good stewards of it all. Freedom and grace comes when we live into the reality that all we have is a gift from the God who loves us unconditionally. Freedom and grace comes as we are transformed into generous people, stewards of our God given gifts.