Church of Our Savior Case Statement

Why we MUST build

logo_nowhite_croppedBackground Information, Church of Our Savior

Both Calvary Anglican and Resurrection Anglican Church were founded by Christians of conviction who wished to preserve undiluted the Anglican traditions rooted in scripture and the Book of Common Prayer.

History:

Church of Our Savior was established in 2013 by the joining of two Anglican congregations, Calvary Church and Resurrection Church.

Calvary Anglican Church began in 1989 as an Episcopal Church located on the western side of the Intracoastal Waterway. It was very much a regional Church, drawing committed Christians from all over Duval and St. Johns County. While searching for a new Pastor in 2013, Calvary determined it was God’s leading for them to join together with Resurrection, which they did in April 2013. Church of Our Savior was formed from that union and is a member of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America.

Church of Our Savior currently worships in the Historic Chapel located on the grounds of the Beaches Area Historical Society. Youth Sunday school and Nursery are also held on Historical Society property. Administrative offices and Church meetings are held on Catholic Church property at 511 Pablo Avenue, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Resurrection began as Beaches Anglican Church, established in 2006 out of a small Bible study group that saw the need to begin a new Anglican Church at the Beaches. Their conviction was shared by other Anglicans in the area, and a new Church emerged. The first Vicar, Gary Blaylock, was called in 2007 to help lead the new Church until the Reverend David W. Ball was called as the first full-time minister in August 2009. The Church was re-named Resurrection.

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Both Calvary Anglican and Resurrection Anglican Church were founded by Christians of conviction who wished to preserve undiluted the Anglican traditions rooted in scripture and the Book of Common Prayer.

Mission and Vision:

In January 2015, Church of Our Savior adopted the following mission and vision statements:
Mission: Worshiping God, loving one another, and sharing Christ
Vision: A growing fellowship of Christians under the authority of scripture, led by the Holy Spirit, caring for our community by the grace of God

Noteworthy accomplishments:

Our congregation is composed of two formerly distinct groups of Anglicans who have come together as one body and prospered while serving our community.

The new Church of Our Savior was accepted as part of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church of North America acna-header-croppedin
2012, and it is one of the fastest growing Churches in the Diocese. We provide enthusiastic support to key functions of the Diocese, including prayer, money and the time of our staff and members.

Church of Our Savior provides financial, spiritual and personal support to a wide spectrum of missions and missionaries at home and abroad. Further, members of Church of Our Savior have traveled abroad to provide support to mission efforts as individuals and as teams.

Our missionaries:

Julie Engeman, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo
julieandfriendsMidwife Julie Engeman loves her work with the needy in Zambia and her passion has found its way to Church of Our Savior. Vestry member Ashley Schaffer visited Julie in Zambia in 2013. A midwife herself, Ashley has worked with Julie in Africa and experienced first-hand the love for life that Overland Missions is planting in remote villages. The vision is to equip rural health workers and midwives to care for both the spiritual and physical needs of their villages. Both necessities have been out of reach amidst the abject poverty of rural Africa.

Michelle Brodeur, Tallahassee
Michelle serves with the Tallahassee Intervarsity Mission effort in Tallahassee, Florida.photomichelle She and her team work to bring Jesus to college students at FSU, Florida A&M, and lately, Tallahassee Community College. Michelle describes the ministry: “We share life together through prayer, dorm Bible studies, service to the poor in Tallahassee, campus outreach, dialog with skeptics, movie nights, playing basketball and Frisbee, weekend conferences, and supporting global missions.”

Carol Stephens, Dominican Republic
Carol serves as a missionary in the hills of the Dominican Republic where she operates a ministry center that provides a wide range of fcarol_stephensunctions to some of the poorest of the poor in our hemisphere. Some of these ministries include women and youth Bible studies, Bible schools for preschoolers to provide a Biblical worldview for future generations, and community development. A team from Church of Our Savior traveled to Dominican Republic in June 2015 to repair the roof on Carol’s building and to provide other support.

Our Situation

Community Role:

Although relatively new to the community, Church of Our Savior and its members act corporately and individually to provide spiritual leadership and services to the North Eastern Florida region. Our impact and enthusiasm for service is unsurpassed.missionhouse

Community programs and services of Church of Our Savior

Neptune Elementary. This is a successful outreach to a local elementary school. For over four years the pastor and a team from Church of Savior have provided a special weekly prayer service and hosted monthly teachers’ meetings on site. The pastor has been called on to provide comfort in times of stress and the passing of Neptune Elementary staff. The Church held special service honoring Neptune Elementary teachers during Sunday Services in May 2015.

Beaches Business Huddle. Each week Church of Our Savior men meet at Lillie’s, a local restaurant, to provide morning prayer and spiritual support to business men and women in the community.

Mission House. Each “5th Friday,” Church of Our Savior fields a team of volunteers who cook lunch for the homeless at Mission House. Further, the Church responds to special requests from Mission House as needed.

First Coast Women’s Services. Our Church provides financial support and an informational platform for the often life-saving guidance offered to pregnant women by First Coast Women’s Services.

Avanti Chapel Communion.

The Rev. James McCaslin leads the Tuesday service at Avanti.

The Rev. James McCaslin leads the Tuesday service at Avanti.

Each Tuesday, a team from Church of Our Savior provides spiritual and pastoral support to a local seniors’ community home via a grace filled message, fellowship and communion.

Trail Life and American Heritage Girls. The Church hosts an energetic youth program in the form of Trail Life and American Heritage Girls. Trail Life provides Christian adventure and character and leadership programs for young men. The companion organization, American Heritage Girls, is a Christ-centered character development program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God.

 

Rev. David Ball with the Light of the World pastors.

Rev. David Ball with the Light of the World pastors.

Light of the World Ministries. Light of the World Ministries is a “hands on” mission taking the gospel to the streets by showing the love of Jesus to those overlooked by society. Church of Our Savior provides financial, individual and organizational support to Light of the World in their wide range of activities, including, but not limited to our annual Josh Wallis Winter Coat Drive designed to collect cold weather clothing for those in need. Further, Light of the World meets on Church of Our Savior property on Saturdays for a spiritual message and food. Our administrative building, Malone Hall, is made available to them during bad weather.

Bible Study. In addition to Bible study groups that meet in commercial establishments, homes, and our administrative spaces, Church of our Savior hosts a large non-denominational Bible study for women every Friday in Malone Hall.

Operational Facts and Figures

The Revenue Target for Church of Our Savior for calendar year 2015 is $330,000. By Church policy, 5% of non-designated revenue goes to missions and 5% of non-designated revenue goes to the North Atlantic Diocese to support operations.

In June 2015, Church of Our Savior had 136 members on its rolls, with average attendance over 100 at two weekly services.
The Church has one full time staff member, the pastor, and a part time Church administrator, music director, nursery director and staff. All other work, including substantial contributions by assisting clergy, is done on a volunteer basis.

Church of Our Savior spends about $40,000 in combined rent and maintenance at its current location.

The Challenge

 

This sanctuary is designed to accommodate the needs of this worship community.

This sanctuary is designed to accommodate the needs of this worship community.

Constraints. Church of Our Savior is limited in the full practice of worship in the Anglican tradition by the facts that (1) we do not control our rented spaces and (2) the space is not configured for our preferred style of worship.

As examples, there are no kneelers or communion rails, and the lack of aisle space hampers communion. Further, a lack of space necessitates an attendance limit of about 110 for any one service. Even our pre and post service fellowship opportunities are limited by facilities, and often curtailed by weather. And due to the limits of space, we are unable to provide or are restricted in providing the customary range of children’s services including nursery and Sunday school.

In our current situation, significant energy and time must be expended to set up and tear down for each Sunday’s services, and our ability to hold special events is constrained due to competing use of and costs of the rental space. A further impeding of our community outreach is the fact that Church of Our Savior may not place conventional signs or banners with the congregation name on the Historic Chapel grounds.

And finally, Church of our Savior has a goal of enabling participation by more special needs individuals, particularly those who cannot now be served due to lack of modern facilities. We believe that this and all of the foregoing limitations inhibit growth of our body.

Opportunities for Better Service.  In addition to providing an expanded opportunity for worship and internal services, and better service to existing missions, Church of Our Savior would like to qualitatively reinforce and extend its range of services and offerings into the community.  This would include expanded study opportunities: Christian based social offerings, “Mom’s Morning Out” programs, and recreational and instructional opportunities for youth.

Opportunity to Benefit the Larger Anglican Community.  The church, by contract design, will own the intellectual property of our chapel design.  This means that we can make the plans for our chapel available, at no cost, to other Anglican congregations worldwide, in particular to those who are forming or seeking better worship facilities.  The church leadership has plans to establish a foundation to promote and provide information and building plans to other congregations as needed, thereby removing the expense of designing a building as an obstacle to moving forward.

Imperatives Requiring a Response.  The church uses the Historic Chapel on a three month rolling lease from the Beaches Area Historic Society.  The Society may (and has) altered the church’s right to use the chapel, raise rates, and otherwise curtail activities on an arbitrary basis. Further, Malone Hall, the administrative building, is located on Catholic Church property which may become unavailable due to planned building construction or a change in policy at any time.  The impact of the current situation is that Church of Our Savior, if it continues to grow and wishes to reinforce its Anglican identity and practice, must seek shelter elsewhere within the next two to three years, maximum.

 

 

The Response

The focus of the current capital campaign is to raise money to acquire the final parcel of land, develop the combined lots, and build the chapel.

As a first step to respond to our set of challenges, Church of Our Savior is acquiring land for building. Owner financing of the property has been arranged. Two mortgages @ 5%, 20 year term, with a balloon payment at 10 years have been signed for the first two lots. The third lot may be purchased by option for $85,000. The land totals about 1.4 acres (1.7 including public land located within church property). This property is on the southern side of Beach Boulevard between Adventure Landing and Hopson Road.

Recent view of the property Which we will use even before we build.

Recent view of the property Which we will use even before we build.

 

The intent of Church of Our Savior is to develop the property with the goal of placing a chapel on the property facing Beach Boulevard. The chapel has been designed, and plans and a depiction are provided along with this case statement. Although to be built with modern materials and techniques, the chapel pays homage to the history of our church by incorporating elements of the Carpenter Gothic style. Planned seating is 165. A future second building will provide for administrative offices, nursery, classrooms, and a generous fellowship hall.

The development of the property has been delayed by an appeal to Federal Court to require the City of Jacksonville Beach to issue a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to build on the identified property. The appeal was made after the City denied the permit at two separate hearings in 2013. The land, zone R1, residential, by law includes the right to build a church with proper conditions to
Google Earth View (1)protect the neighborhood. The church prevailed in Federal Court in November 2014 and received a final written judgment in May 2015. On June 18, 2015, the City of Jacksonville Beach filed an appeal of the decision to a three-judge panel of the Federal Court in Atlanta. The church and City of Jacksonville Beach reached an amicable agreement to settle the suit in August 2015. Accordingly, engineering approval for our planned buildings is going forward. The building of the chapel is now contingent only on the availability of funding.

The focus of the current capital campaign is to raise money to acquire the final parcel of land, develop the combined lots, and build the chapel.

Proposed Building Plan.
Phase I. Raise $1,000,000 in three years to enable construction of the chapel.

Costs. The total of the development and acquisition costs for Phase I will be approximately $1.46* million dollars. The final mortgage servicing will be approximately $70,000 per year, partly offset by the fact that we will apply the almost $40,000 per year that we are currently paying for rent. The $70,000 total includes the current $24,000 annually that we are paying on the first two lots of land for our building site.

Other Considerations. The church will continue normal operations before and during the construction phase. After the new chapel is constructed, we will have to locate or create temporary spaces for nursery, office and children’s spaces, pending a permanent solution.

*Best estimate June 2015; subject to revision based on contractor estimates, permitting, etc.

Future Phase II. Construct the Administration Building and Fellowship Hall. Cost: approximately $700,000.

Total of Acquisition Costs and Building Through Phases I and II. All direct acquisition and building costs will total approximately $2.16 million.

Program Financing

Current Sources of Funding Available. The church has approximately $20,000 in the building fund, largely from recovered legal expenses.

How the Program Could Be Financed. Two of the three parcels of land on the intended building site are financed by the former landowners, with the church paying a total of $2,144.86 monthly for two of three lots against a 20 year mortgage at 5% with a “balloon” payment at the 10 year anniversary of the mortgage. The church has an option to buy the final (3rd) lot for $85,000. This option amount increases in cost each year by $4,000 beginning February 2015. The 3rd lot will be purchased early in the capital campaign to avoid the option price increases.

The church’s current strategy is to seek bank financing for the building program (construction financing), with the land, pledges and building as collateral. The chapel, when construction is completed, would be financed with a conventional loan at prevailing rates for 30 years.

Proposed Capital Campaign. A three-year (36 months) campaign with a target of $1,000,000 beginning in September 2015.

The Capital Campaign

The leadership of Church of Our Savior has developed a capital campaign plan. The plan’s slogan is “Growing in Grace, Building in Faith,” which we believe best symbolizes who we are as a congregation as we prepare for the important step of building a chapel.

An executive team to oversee the “Growing in Grace, Building in Faith” campaign has been chartered by the Vestry and began work in June 2015.

Significant input has come from members of the architectural team who have worked on designing a building program via interaction with guest speakers, field trips and internal discussions and review. The land selection and purchase was initiated after due diligence headed by a civil engineer and backed by environmental, soil and survey teams. Our architect, Ron Scalisi, has provided a master plan and renderings of our proposed buildings based on input from the Church of Our Savior’s architectural team and the engineering findings from due diligence. The goals as defined by the team have been reviewed and adopted by the Vestry of Church of Our Savior.

Campaign Goals

Raise $1,000,000 in a three-year campaign
100% participation by Church of Our Savior members

Tax-Considerations. All capital campaign gifts are tax deductible. It should be noted that there are decided advantages to donating appreciated stock, property and required IRA distributions. The campaign team will accommodate and facilitate any giving strategy, including that of donating cars and other significant pieces of property to benefit both the church and the individual.

Campaign Guidance. As noted above, an executive team consisting of key church representatives will guide the campaign.

Active Campaign Period. Phase I: September 2015 — September 2018.

Benefits of This Campaign to the Community. The community will receive a beautiful church complex serving an “under-churched” area. The new complex will provide a traditional worship environment enabling an expanded range of educational and outreach programs. The church will provide a platform for church planting for the region.

Father, build your church through us so lost people come and are saved and believers are drawn closer to Jesus. In His Name we pray.