at WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
A-mazing SupportSupporting your favorite campus ministry can feel like navigating a maze. Maybe this page will help you find your way.
What's the most helpful support? Unrestricted giving (i.e., giving that is not tied to a specific project). Unrestricted giving supports the day-to-day work of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU: utilities, insurance, programming, staff compensation, etc.. Without unrestricted giving, we can't execute the basic ministry. There was a time that judicatory support (national and synodical church support) covered over 90% of the total budget of the LCMWVU. What we received from private donors and congregations could buy some extra pizzas or cover a field trip. Now, judicatory support counts for far less than 50% of our basic operating budget. Do you ask: Does my support matter? YES! YES! YES!
Two Capital FundsBeyond the basic ministry, we are engaged in two renovation projects. We've called the first "Building on Strength," but a better title would be "Chapel 3.0." The second is the Lutherhaus renovation (second round). Read more below.
Chapel 3.0: Kitchen
|Supporting Chapel Renovation
We are totaling the cost of the project thus far. The electrical work alone cost over $5K. The flooring came in at roughly $2500. Ceiling an paint about $1000. Make an on-line donation to the "Building on Strength Capital Campaign" (we accept major credit cards and PayPal) by clicking the button at left and following the somewhat intuitive instructions. We accept checks at our mailing address. Please talk with Chap. Riegel if you are considering a major gift.
We discovered, in the process of a minor wall repair, that load bearing elements had been damaged in an earlier renovation of the bathrooms (we think in the '40s or '50s). Five demolished walls, two replaced beams, one new footer, and two jacked floors later, we are well on the way to a much improved structure.
This work builds upon the major renovation to the water, sewage, and electrical systems in the house that took place in the early 2000s. That renovation allowed us to install three new bathrooms, restore the kitchen to use, and increase occupancy from two to six.
More work needs to be done. Most immediately, the NW bedroom needs to be finished, and, then, attention needs to be turned to the staircase and the kitchen. Still, we are happy with the progress.
As you can imagine, it comes at a
price. Living in the midst of a renovation project is
less than pleasant, and there is the raw cost in
dollars. We ask that our Lutherhaus alumni/ae, even
those who have lived in the old parsonage (a.k.a., "The
Center"), and all those who benefited from the
"drop-in" ministry of Pr. Hashinger consider making a gift
to this fund.
|Supporting Lutherhaus Renovation
You can help us cover the expense of these major structural repairs by donating on-line to the "Lutherhaus Capital Fund." We accept major credit cards and PayPal; Just click the button at left and follow the somewhat intuitive instructions. We accept checks at our mailing address. Please talk with Chap. Riegel if you are considering a major gift.
|Supporting Sidewalk & Driveway Repair
You can help us cover the expense of these big ticket safety repairs by donating on-line to the "Grounds Fund." We accept major credit cards and PayPal; Just click the button at left and follow the somewhat intuitive instructions. We accept checks at our mailing address. Please talk with Chap. Riegel if you are considering a major gift.
Most folks should
have received their newsletters before Christmas. If
you haven't, we might not have a good current address
for you. You can, however, download a full-color PDF
What's in the newsletter? On the last page, there is a fascinating story about the trials and transformative power of Tenebrae. You'll also get a sneak peak at the first professional rendering of the chapel expansion under consideration. Inside, there are two stories about our graduates and the vital role some of our campus ministry women had in defending the Earth from alien invaders. Please don't miss reading about the establishment of a Lutheran Benedictine confraternity planned for this coming Lent. That's just a taste of what you'll find, so download it today and feel free to share with a friend, your congregation, and your third cousin twice removed.
We also included in
the mailing the maze to amaze and amuse you while
you figure out how to support the Lutheran Campus
Ministry at WVU. Yep, its an appeal letter, but
you will want to get your pencil out and avoid the
Minotaur. Download it here.
If you would like to talk with us regarding a planned gift (wills, bequests, charitable trust annuities, etc.) or other major gift, please contact us. We have access to specialists and other resources to assist in making your gift do the most good.