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Compton UpLift FAQ: Extending Our Ministry to More People

comptonuplift_logoCompton Heights Christian Church is embarking upon Compton UpLift, our capital campaign, to improve our church building and expand its ministry as a result of these improvements. Keep reading for answers to the most common questions people have about this campaign and project.

Have you submitted your Compton Uplift pledge form yet? If not, you can download Compton Uplift Pledge Form here, save it to your computer, fill it out, save it again, then either print it and send or bring it to church by February 10.

What will Compton UpLift do?

  • Make the fellowship hall and lower level accessible to people with physical limitations through the installation of a lift near the front door of the sanctuary and the basement.
  • Remodel the lower level bathrooms to make them more private and gender neutral. One will contain a shower.
  • Make repairs in the kitchen to make it easier to use for group meal functions.
  • Replace the fellowship hall flooring (a non-member has offered a gift of $10,000).

What would the lift, upgraded bathrooms and kitchen mean for Compton’s
ministry?

  • More people can attend fellowship dinners
  • More possibilities for meals we have for ourselves and the community
  • Better accessibility to Isaiah 58 Ministries functions: exercise, food distribution, assistance, celebrations
  • More availability to community groups who need meeting space, but need accessibility
  • Genuine welcome for transgender people to have accessible gender neutral bathrooms
  • Ability to host small youth groups or work groups overnight with the shower available
  • Shower facility a plus for Isaiah 58 clients seeking assistance, change of clothes, etc.
  • Accessiblity for:
    – Larger receptions, such as weddings, funerals, anniversaries, etc.
    – Easter morning breakfast and other meals
    – Soup and prayer evenings for Advent and Lent could be physically inclusive
    – In-house congregational retreats
    – Bazaar, craft sales, trivia night and all events

What is Compton UpLift going to cost?
The campaign total goal is $215,000. We may borrow up to $195,000 from Disciples Church Extension Fund (Visit www.disciplescef.org for more information).

How are we going to pay for Compton UpLift?

  • Advance Gifts ……………………………………………………………………………………. $45,000
    (including Bridgeton Grant, a bequest, memorials and advance donations)
  • Additional Grants ……………………………………………………………………………… $20,000
  • Fund Raising Activities (five-year span) ……………………………………………….. $15,000
  • Member/Friend Gifts and Pledges (five-year span) ……………………………… $135,000
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  • Total …………………………………………………………………………………………………. $215,000
  • Pledges averaging $27,000 yearly for five years are needed to reach the pledge goal. (Additional amounts will be needed, however, for interest on the amount we borrow from Church Extension. Also, additional pledges would be needed if we do not receive new grants or if fundraising falls short.)
  • Breakdown: $27,000 is $520 a week over and above our support of our basic ministry.
  • Perspective: If 26 people give an extra $20 a week, that would equal $520.

Suggested ways to save

  • Forego a $5 latte, a $10 movie ticket or a $10-15 lunch
  • Give a portion of a tax refund or an insurance settlement
  • Contribute in honor of a birthday or anniversary at $1-a-year observed
  • Sell unused personal items at a yard sale or some inherited treasure and donating the proceeds

Group fund raising activities and no-cost contributions

  • E-Scrip Dining
  • Save aluminum beverage cans
  • Trivia nights
  • Donate scrap copper or aluminum from repairs
  • Bazaars or craft sales
  • Monthly soup lunch with donation basket
  • Coin banks (including found coins)
  • Online fundraisers
  • Shop through Amazon Smile or GoodShop

How do I let you know how much I can contribute?

  • Ask a member of the Compton UpLift steering committee for a pledge card, fill it out, and return it to the church via mail or in person, or
  • Download, save, fill out, save, and return the Compton Uplift Pledge Form to the church via mail or in person

How do I contribute to Compton Uplift?

  • Mark your offering in the offering envelope in church
  • Send a check or money order via mail
  • donate online using
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