The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23
Introducing the Horizon Initiative
A letter from the Horizon Initiative Task Force, June 2022
- Q&A Session: Sunday, July 31, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Join on ZOOM HERE.
- HVAC Walk-through: Sunday, August 14, following worship
- Organ Walk-through: Sunday, August 21, following worship
- Horizon and Elemental Lunch: Sunday, September 11, following worship
- Congregational Meeting: Sunday, September 18, following worship
- Horizon Promise Day: Sunday, September 25
More about the Organ Project
Notes from our Organ Task Force
Why? Why now? How often?
With regard to the repairs and work that have been proposed, people have asked, “why are we being asked to donate,” “why do these repairs need to be made,” “why do these repairs need to be made now,” and “how often will we be asked to donate for future repairs?”
“Why” is a recognition that we are heirs to a commitment made 18 years ago. If we recognize our mission as “Worship-Learn-Serve,” the organ is a vehicle for worship as well as service. Worship is self-evident; Service less so, perhaps. A restored instrument can be a community asset that invites the community into our space. In the past, CCM has used our space for recitals–and would like to do so again–but cannot now because of the deterioration of the instrument. Other opportunities exist, as well.
“Why now” is valid. Yes, we could wait. But the deterioration is continuing. Thom Miles works around the problems but, at some point, that will no longer be possible. Nor will Thom be our organist forever, and the state of the organ will be a factor in future hiring. More importantly we have Thom’s expertise and experience on hand at this moment–experience and expertise that will be invaluable to complete this project. That moment could end sooner rather than later. Additionally, the repairs will only grow more expensive and extensive if left unresolved
“How often?” A third concern has been the future: are we going to see a $200G bill every 20 years? This project is in large part focusing on repairing design flaws. This includes the substantial reed pipe work. That work should not need to be redone. Pipe deterioration could continue to be an issue (pipes have been replaced previously), but “hanging” some pipes could slow that process. However, an investment such as the organ will occasionally require more than ordinary maintenance, just as a car or furnace might.
As promised during our last Q&A, and in an effort to provide complete transparency, the following documents contain further information which provide an overview of the organ project, the necessary repairs, as well as the scope of work that will be completed during each phase:
Giving to Horizon
Ready to donate? Thank you! You may pay by check, cash, or you can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation via Easytithe. Simply designate your funds to go to the “Horizon Initiative.” Please contact the Horizon Initiative team if you would like to explore additional methods of giving to this fund.
Still praying about how you can help? A few guiding thoughts…
Horizon is an ‘above and beyond’ initiative. We have lots of great ministry we are excited about here at Lakeside and are especially eager for your support as we share about our dreams moving into 2023. As one Task Force member put it, “If you have three dollars to give – give three dollars to Stewardship 2023… then give a fourth buck to Horizon!”
Stay tuned for Horizon ‘promise’ forms soon…
Reach out to our Task Force co-moderators, Tom Crutchfield and Jim Eck, Jr., with any questions or thoughts: [email protected].