Warming Hearts Campaign
Take a moment to ponder this question: how many persons use the Collegiate United Methodist Church building in a given year? The staff’s best estimate is about 7000. Our current membership roster lists 1075 individuals. By utilizing our space for concerts, anonymous groups, voters, Soup Suppers, Midnight Breakfasts, ISU student groups, non-profit meetings, weddings, funerals, and preschool we are providing space and ministry to almost 6000 non-members a year from the ISU community and beyond. Why is this important? Our church building is crucial to Collegiate-Wesley’s continuing work on God’s behalf; without heat in the facility, many spiritual, physical, and emotional needs would not be met here.
For over 40 years, the single steam boiler at Collegiate-Wesley steadfastly produced the heat that kept the structure warm for worship, church school classes, and all other events. With few exceptions, we were able to count on the boiler being there when we needed it. It wasn’t automatic. Our skilled and trained Building Superintendent, Roger Lawrence, had a process he followed every year to keep the boiler clean and in shape for the coming heating season. It was a big, old, inefficient beast, but Roger kept it in working order. Every year, it seems, something threatened to shut the boiler down — a broken tube, a cracked plate, a seriously-leaky valve. At least once a year, the Board of Trustees asked, “Is this the year we have to declare the boiler dead? Has it outlived its usefulness? Is it finally time to cut it apart and haul it out?” That time has finally come. In March, the Church Council made the decision to purchase a new boiler. This work started in June and is expected to be completed in November — just in time to heat the building for another winter.
By the time all is said and done this project could cost almost $600,000 — including equipment, installation, engineering costs, and unexpected contingencies. There are no funds for this in the 2013 budget, yet the project will be completed this year. In order to pay our expenses for the project, the church is running a line of credit with U.S. Bank. When the project is completed and all the bills are paid, the balance of the line of credit will become a loan.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions about the project. This page will have the answers to most of your questions. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact Pastor Scott or David Orth.
Ready to Donate?
There are two ways to easily contribute to this campaign:
- Donate online
- Write out your check with “Warming Hearts” in the memo line and send it to: CUMC-WF; Attn: Joyce Rasmussen; 2622 Lincoln Way; Ames, IA 50014