FAQ

What is One Fund?
  • An initiative to help our members ponder what a life of generosity looks like in the fullest sense
  • A time to begin dreaming about what we might do as a congregation once the renovation loan debt is retired
  • An opportunity for our members to make a two-year financial commitment that will fully fund all of the ministries of DPC
Why now?
  • For the past eight years, the renovation loan has been funded outside of the operating budget, but the capital campaign gifts will likely wind down in 2017 as the Forward Together campaign officially ended in May.
  • The monthly loan payment of $18,234 is more than can be absorbed into the operating budget without a severe impact on current ministries.
  • During the years of two capital campaigns (Bridging the Generations and Forward Together), our operating budget has increased less than 3%, leaving many of our treasured ministries underfunded, in some cases with an annual budget of only $500.
  • There is campaign fatigue here and thus time to try something new.
  • After exploring several options, including a 3rd consecutive capital campaign, our Session enthusiastically voted to proceed with One Fund.
Why are we using a consultant?
  • Given that the two-year approach of One Fund is something we’ve never done before, the Session felt we needed the expertise of someone who has successfully led such an initiative with other congregations
  • A task force of Session interviewed other consultants and checked with churches who had used One Fund to learn of their experience before unanimously recommending that we hire Alan Wildes of Generis
  • We worked with Alan previously at DPC as consultant for the Bridging the Generations campaign and thus have first-hand history of experiencing his skills and expertise in such efforts
What about mission?
  • 10% of every gift to Flourish will go to support mission causes—local, national, and international–supported by DPC
What is the goal and how would the gifts be allocated?
  • $4.2 million over the two years
  • Should we reach that target, we estimate that $3.2 will be earmarked for the 2018 and 2019 operating budgets, including loan repayment
  • At this point, we anticipate that 20% of the remaining $1 million will go toward ministry enhancement and 80% toward debt freedom. The exact percentages will be set once a new Strategic Plan has been approved
Why are we not renovating the parking lot as part of this initiative?
  • The last estimate for the parking lot renovation was $1 million, gaining only 20 additional spaces.  It was felt that we needed to focus our efforts in this initiative debt freedom instead of incurring new debt
Questions about the renovation process

Timeline of events

05/18/08 – Congregation approves Master Facility Plan

02/07/10 – Congregation approves renovation work to start with bridge and Andrews Hall and to borrow up to $5.2 million

05/16/10 – Ground-breaking on renovation project

02/23/11 – Foundation Stones placed inside Church Street entrance

03/21/11 – Borough council approves easement to construct our bridge

10/23/11 – Re-dedication of sanctuary

11/20/11 – Cornerstone laying and ribbon-cutting

Bridging the Generations Capital Campaign 2009-2012

  • Pledges of 3.6 million
  • Total received $3,910,012

Forward Together Capital Campaign 2012-2017

  • Pledges of $3,048,307
  • Total received to date $3,151,955

What the Two Campaigns Allowed Us to Do

  • Build the bridge that connects our campus and provides new gathering space
  • Renovated the chancel area allowing for flexible use of the space, including Celebrate the Arts concerts and children’s plays
  • Moved the nursery from the first floor of Andrews Hall, thus connecting it to the sanctuary 
  • Refurbished sanctuary building with new elevator and seating for wheelchairs, ramp to the chancel and a loop coil for hearing assistance 
  • Renovated the Fellowship Hall and kitchen, broadening its flexibility and use, including hosting homeless neighbors, including showers, as part of Code Blue
  • Technology enhancements: live-streaming of services and viewing in the Celtic Cross Room or Nursery, and projection in worship and classrooms 
  • Creation of the Mission Mosaic with its ongoing reminder of the call of faith 
  • Additional classrooms, centralized offices, wider hallways, greater accessibility, and enhanced building security

$750,000 for Mission!

Through the mission component of two capital campaigns we:

      • Renovated the kitchen at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia
      • Welcomed Erin Rizk as Mission and Community Outreach Coordinator
      • Supported the Patio Project (food sustainability effort) in Nicaragua
      • Provided annual scholarships of $2000 for ten years for three at-risk children at Hunting Park Christian Academy in Philadelphia
      • Completed Hope Garden at Community Pantry of Gallup, New Mexico
      • Built a community water system for village in Kenya
      • Paid-off loan for van used by Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless in Bucks County (Code Blue)
      • Built a house through the Bucks County Habitat for Humanity affiliate 
      • Created a mission endowment that totals $153,470

Construction and renovation loan details

  • Initial balance $4,343,524
  • Initial interest rate 3.85%
  • Initial monthly payments $25,989
  • Initial maturity date 07/09/32
  • Current balance $2,681,065
  • Current interest rate 3.3%
  • Current monthly payments $18,234
  • Current maturity date 01/09/27
Questions about the DPC Mission Statement

What is it?

“To be a bridge for Christ and a beacon of His love”

How was it decided?

  • Session created a task force in the fall of 2010 to determine if the previous mission statement approved in 1989 still spoke to our calling as a church
  • Questionnaire with congregation in January-February of 2011 asking
    • Thoughts about current mission statement
    • What aspects of our history do we want to honor as we move forward?
    • Three words that describe DPC
    • Hopes for the future
    • Reflect on the question of why DPC exists
  • New mission statement approved by the Session in April 2011

 

What is its meaning? 

  • Draws from two architecturally significant aspects of our campus
    • Our steeple that can be seen from all directions as one nears the borough
    • Our bridge, the only enclosed, above-street walkway in the borough
  • Reflects both our history and future, our opportunity and responsibility
  • Names our call as believers to provide ways for persons to experience the love of Christ and for us to have his light shine forth in all that we do
  • Points to the horizontal and vertical dimension of faith: to each other and to God
What is One Fund?
  • An initiative to help our members ponder what a life of generosity looks like in the fullest sense
  • A time to begin dreaming about what we might do as a congregation once the renovation loan debt is retired
  • An opportunity for our members to make a two-year financial commitment that will fully fund all of the ministries of DPC
Why now?
  • For the past eight years, the renovation loan has been funded outside of the operating budget, but the capital campaign gifts will likely wind down in 2017 as the Forward Together campaign officially ended in June
  • The monthly loan payment of $18,234 is more than can be absorbed into the operating budget without a severe impact on current ministries
  • During the years of two capital campaigns (Bridging the Generations and Forward Together), our operating budget has increased less than 3%, leaving many of our treasured ministries underfunded, in some cases with an annual budget of only $500
  • There is campaign fatigue here and thus time to try something new
  • After exploring several options, including a 3rd consecutive capital campaign, our Session enthusiastically voted to proceed with One Fund.
Why are we using a consultant?
  • Given that the two-year approach of One Fund is something we’ve never done before, the Session felt we needed the expertise of someone who has successfully led such an initiative with other congregations
  • A task force of Session interviewed other consultants and checked with churches who had used One Fund to learn of their experience before unanimously recommending that we hire Alan Wildes of Generis
  • We worked with Alan previously at DPC as consultant for the Bridging the Generations campaign and thus have first-hand history of experiencing his skills and expertise in such efforts
What about mission?
  • 10% of every undesignated gift (ones not earmarked for debt freedom only) to One Fund will go to support mission causes—local, national, and international–supported by DPC
What is the goal and how would the gifts be allocated?
  • $4.2 million over the two years
  • Should we reach that target, we estimate that $3.2 will be earmarked for the 2018 and 2019 operating budgets, including loan repayment
  • At this point, we anticipate that 20% of the remaining $1 million will go toward ministry enhancement and 80% toward debt freedom. The exact percentages will be set once a new Strategic Plan has been approved
Why are we not renovating the parking lot as part of this initiative?
  • The last estimate for the parking lot renovation was $1 million, gaining only20 additional spaces.  It was felt that we needed to focus our efforts in this initiative debt freedom instead of incurring new debt
Questions about the renovation process

Timeline of events

05/18/08 – Congregation approves Master Facility Plan

02/07/10 – Congregation approves renovation work to start with bridge and Andrews Hall and to borrow up to $5.2 million

05/16/10 – Ground-breaking on renovation project

02/23/11 – Foundation Stones placed inside Church Street entrance

03/21/11 – Borough council approves easement to construct our bridge

10/23/11 – Re-dedication of sanctuary

11/20/11 – Cornerstone laying and ribbon-cutting

Bridging the Generations Capital Campaign 2009-2012

  • Pledges of 3.6 million
  • Total received $3,910,012

Forward Together Capital Campaign 2012-2017

  • Pledges of $3,048,307
  • Total received to date $3,151,955

What the Two Campaigns Allowed Us to Do

  • Build the bridge that connects our campus and provides new gathering space
  • Renovated the chancel area allowing for flexible use of the space, including Celebrate the Arts concerts and children’s plays
  • Moved the nursery from the first floor of Andrews Hall, thus connecting it to the sanctuary 
  • Refurbished sanctuary building with new elevator and seating for wheelchairs, ramp to the chancel and a loop coil for hearing assistance 
  • Renovated the Fellowship Hall and kitchen, broadening its flexibility and use, including hosting homeless neighbors, including showers, as part of Code Blue
  • Technology enhancements: live-streaming of services and viewing in the Celtic Cross Room or Nursery, and projection in worship and classrooms 
  • Creation of the Mission Mosaic with its ongoing reminder of the call of faith 
  • Additional classrooms, centralized offices, wider hallways, greater accessibility, and enhanced building security

$750,000 for Mission!

Through the mission component of two capital campaigns we:

      • Renovated the kitchen at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia
      • Welcomed Erin Rizk as Mission and Community Outreach Coordinator
      • Supported the Patio Project (food sustainability effort) in Nicaragua
      • Provided annual scholarships of $2000 for ten years for three at-risk children at Hunting Park Christian Academy in Philadelphia
      • Completed Hope Garden at Community Pantry of Gallup, New Mexico
      • Built a community water system for village in Kenya
      • Paid-off loan for van used by Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless in Bucks County (Code Blue)
      • Built a house through the Bucks County Habitat for Humanity affiliate 
      • Created a mission endowment that totals $153,470

Construction and renovation loan details

  • Initial balance $4,343,524
  • Initial interest rate 3.85%
  • Initial monthly payments $25,989
  • Initial maturity date 07/09/32
  • Current balance $2,681,065
  • Current interest rate 3.3%
  • Current monthly payments $18,234
  • Current maturity date 01/09/27
Questions about the DPC Mission Statement

What is it?

“To be a bridge for Christ and a beacon of His love”

How was it decided?

  • Session created a task force in the fall of 2010 to determine if the previous mission statement approved in 1989 still spoke to our calling as a church
  • Questionnaire with congregation in January-February of 2011 asking
    • Thoughts about current mission statement
    • What aspects of our history do we want to honor as we move forward?
    • Three words that describe DPC
    • Hopes for the future
    • Reflect on the question of why DPC exists
  • New mission statement approved by the Session in April 2011

 

What is its meaning? 

  • Draws from two architecturally significant aspects of our campus
    • Our steeple that can be seen from all directions as one nears the borough
    • Our bridge, the only enclosed, above-street walkway in the borough
  • Reflects both our history and future, our opportunity and responsibility
  • Names our call as believers to provide ways for persons to experience the love of Christ and for us to have his light shine forth in all that we do
  • Points to the horizontal and vertical dimension of faith: to each other and to God