Important Announcement from Pastor Keith
February 17, 2017
It is with a grateful heart that I share more good news related to the IMPACT campaign. Hales Corners Lutheran has received an offer to purchase the Grange Campus (Elementary School) from Lutheran Special School and Education Services (LSSES)!
Please join us for an important congregational meeting on Sunday, March 12th at 12:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. This meeting will provide more information and give members the opportunity to vote on the acceptance of this offer. It is imperative that every voting member attend this meeting so that we are both able to address your questions and concerns and meet quorum according to our constitution in order to vote definitively and move forward.
Upon acceptance of the offer to purchase, LSSES would take ownership of the Grange campus in early summer 2017. Then, in order to meet the needs of both LSSES and HCL our ministries would share the space for the 2017-2018 school year and HCLS 4th and 5th grades would move to the Janesville (middle school) campus.
We are inspired by the blessings God has poured into this building project and by the ability to see without a doubt, His hands at work among us.
In the wake of this successful campaign, however, we are experiencing a decline in giving to the general budget. Over the past 13 years, it has been our experience that during capital campaigns, general giving had actually increased. Our general budget not only funds basic operational costs such as electricity and facility services, it also allows us to come together in worship the way that we do, educate our young people through school ministry, Sunday school and confirmation ministries, fund mission work around the neighborhood and around the world, and in so many other ways that ministry happens in and through HCL.
Your lead ministry team is working carefully and thoughtfully to reduce expenses and find solutions that allow ministry to continue moving forward as healthy and seamlessly as possible. As a result, some adjustments will need to be made, but be assured that we have the best interest of the entire ministry in mind and we will communicate changes as they are determined and implemented.Please pray about how you can support ministry through HCL with your giving. We ask, that God would continue to lead us in the direction that He has planned and resource this ministry according to His will and design. Pray that He would make us good stewards of everything that He brings to HCL so that we can continue gathering, growing and making an impact out in the world for Him!
Anchored in Christ,
Pastor Keith Speaks