God is calling our congregation in some incredible ways- ways that strengthen our foundation and embrace our community, ways that live into our desire to build a home where all belong. Throughout Fall 2016 we will be sharing the specifics of this opportunity to invest in how we care for our neighborhood and carry forward a legacy of love and service to all people.
If you would like to contribute, you may do so here with a one time gift or recurring donation (select “Capital Campaign” from the dropdown menu that reads “General Fund”). Your support is being joined by the commitment of our congregation, local businesses, and our neighbors throughout Highlands.
We also are keeping an FAQ page that might answer more of your questions.
Learn more about the four projects:
Renovation and revitalization of the garage and parking lot into a hub for neighborhood activity.
With all the things the Highlands of Denver offers, one thing missing is space. There aren’t enough spaces for people to gather, for neighborhood get-togethers, for free classes and workshops, and more. We will turn our unused parking lot garage into a Hub for All Things Highlands.
Current plans include: Co-Working Mondays for those who work from home to be with other creative people; bike maintenance classes; gardening workshops; live music; kids play days during the winter; we would love to hear your ideas to add to this list
The unsightly current building will be renovated into a space that people will intentionally build into their walks and drives to share with guests, friends, and their families. Instead of urban blight we will bring urban delight. We won’t be redeveloping, we will be reinvesting and reinvigorating.
Our full site plan includes yard games, climbable art, community garden space, a neighborhood art gallery (with art from neighborhood schools and local artists), and lots of open space in the building to host gatherings of all kinds. (be sure to click this photo to enlarge it)
Repair, restoration, and protection of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary.
Our windows not only create a beautiful worship space, they tell a story; stories of our scriptures, our values, our heritage and history. With clear safety glass, for the first time in decades, that story will be visible outside too.
The protective glass will also increase our energy efficiency saving resources and keeping us cooler in the summer!
94 years of sun and wind have fatigued our windows. Restoration before they fail is imperative for their preservation.
This project is a major undertaking that will be done in phases as generosity allows.
Replacement of the boiler which has served us for more than 50 years.
Our door opens nearly 1,000 times a day. We host community groups, interfaith actives, community yoga, classes, workshops and camps, fundraisers for local schools. We house one of Denver’s longest running Justice Programs and Denver’s oldest Folk Music Association. All of those activities are in addition to our weekly worship, year-round preschool, and the many groups and service opportunities on our own calendar! We use our building to serve the people of our neighborhood.
That space is kept comfortable during the cool and cold months by a boiler that has been running for more than 50 years. It has reached the end of its useful life and in the years to come will now cost more to repair than it would to replace. A new boiler will allow our space to be ready and waiting for continuing comfortable use.
Installation of new windows in the parsonage for more efficiency and security.
Having our pastor live in the community where they serve is one of the ways we have built a ministry that engages the people of Highlands. Our parsonage, the church’s house the pastor calls home, is 101 years old and is in need of new windows. They will eliminate the winter draft and decrease our environmental impact and keep the house ready for 101 more years of those who dedicate themselves to serving the people of North West Denver.