Rooted and Reaching Campaign

Project Updates

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FPCLY has been an anchor of faith in Lynchburg for over 200 years! It is our desire to continue to be an anchor in this community for 200 more and into the years beyond. To do that, we desire to make renovations to preserve our steeple and historic organ, to provide additional support to local community benevolences and our very own FPC Weekday School, to update our infrastructure, and to build our endowment.  We believe it will take the prayers and support of our entire FPCLY community to help us get there!

Check out the section below for updates and photos of the progress of the projects included in our Rooted and Reaching Campaign!

As we are ROOTED in our past and history and ROOTED in our devotion to our Savior, so also are we REACHING for the future and all God offers us and all that we might offer others.

Keep up with the progress of our "Rooted & Reaching" Campaign!

$2,751,080 pledged
64%
% of funds received

Project Updates

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STEEPLE REPLACEMENT

The construction of the replacement steeple began in December 2020 by Campbellsville Industries in Kentucky. The old steeple was removed the first week of April 2021 in collaboration with Jamerson-Lewis Construction and Commercial Steel Erection, Inc. (CSE). What an eventful few days that was. The rest of April the construction team rebuilt and strengthened the foundation of the base in preparation of the replacement steeple, which was installed the first week of May 2021! In June, we celebrated and dedicated the new steeple with beautiful worship!
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ORGAN RENOVATION

In December 2020, we signed the official renovation contract with Foley-Baker, Inc in Connecticut. April 6 & 7, 2021, two members of the FB team spent two full days in the organ chambers taking measurements, locating wind chests, and better understanding the chamber space. They took this information back to their offices to build a detailed production plan. In February 2022, the F-B team was at FPCLY for three weeks removing the 3,500 organ pipes, chests, and console that comprised the Möller pipe organ. They took all the pieces back up to Connecticut where they will work on securing new pipes and equipment, refurbish some old equipment and put the whole unit together before a re-installation in 2023. From February to August 2022, many sub-contractors in Lynchburg have been working on their small part to prepare the space for the organ to be placed. Both the left and right chambers have been beautifully dry-walled and are ready for paint. The chancel is being prepped for placement of the new console by filling in the old console pit and cutting and framing the new console space in the front of the chancel. You may have seen some of this progress with our "4th of July" tent and caution tape at recent worship services. Two new, small wind lines are being installed to supply extra wind for some of the largest (and loudest!) pipes.
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Parking Lot Paving and Sidewalk Resurfacing

Phase one renovations to the back sidewalks and parking lot were completed in July 2021. Drainage lines were re-routed for proper drainage, new sidewalk cement was poured in front of the Weekday School entrance, and a more handicapped accessible entrance to the Fellowship Hall was added. Afterwards, the whole parking lot was milled and paved! Phase two renovations to the front parking lot were completed in November/December 2021. Multiple curbs were removed and replaced with zero entry platform to accommodate better accessibility for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers; slats of broken sidewalk pieces were replaced and smoothed; and the main part of the parking lot was totally repaved.
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Phase three renovations to the main entrance walkway & sidewalk as well as repaving the main drive and front circle of the parking lot are on schedule to take place in the fall of 2022. As part of this renovation project, new curbing will be installed, the brick will be replaced, and a new handicapped ramp entrance will be installed into the side Sanctuary door closest to the main entrance of the church!

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FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS

External Wayfinding signage was installed in June 2021. Internal Wayfinding signs were installed on the walls in the church hallways and outside office and classroom doors in late 2021 and early 2022. This signage will help all church guests (first time or long standing) find their way through the parking lots and around the inside of the church building. New vinyl-tile flooring was installed in the Weekday School hallways, classrooms, and stair landings in April 2022 giving the school a softer floor, a more updated look, and more cost effective maintenance! New tile flooring was also added to the men's and women's bathrooms on the main floor and two stairwells in the church part of the building in May 2022. This tile is also more updated and much easier to clean and maintain making it more cost effective!
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new white and gold flecked flooring on the stairwells at the church
new white and gold flecked tiles on a bathroom floor
new flooring laid on the hallway floor
new flooring in a hexagonal pattern
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MINISTRY SUPPORT

Church ministry centers around the development and growth of relationships over time. With this in mind, our campaign resources for ministry support will focus on investing in full-time staff members to help encourage and inspire relationship building through education and outreach opportunities. Two full time staff members were hired in September 2021! Alex Collier will serve as our Director of Outreach and Marcia Thom-Kaley will serve as our Director of Educational Ministries! Click on their names to learn more about them!

As Director of Outreach, Alex has been hard at work the past nine months building relationships and making connections within the walls of FPCLY and out in the community. He has also shared with us more about our call to be in relationship with one another and encouraging more opportunities for us to love our neighbors. He's played a vital role in steering relationships with community partners, organizing our summer "Come & Be Fed" dinners and IMPACT week, teaching classes and workshops, and building more IMPACT opportunities for this fall! We look forward to how we can continue to be the Church--loving and serving others!

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Marcia, as Director of Educational Ministries, has been hard at work helping develop educational opportunities for people of all ages and stages to learn, grow, and draw closer to God. Last fall, she started meeting regularly with college students in our community, which led to the development of our "College Cares" ministry.  As a way to provide a deeper connection and community to those at Westminster Canterbury, she initiated a weekly devotion and gathering called "Canterbury Crew."  Marcia has been a key leader in organizing Jolly Jamboree, Easter Care Packages, Worship +2 workshops, and "Come & Be Fed" dinners.  We're excited for her continued leadership as we step into fall programming!

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BENEVOLENCE

We are currently in the planning stages of how to best foster benevolence relationships using this portion of the campaign support.
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Building the Endowment

Decisions concerning the endowment will not be made until all other projects of the campaign have been estimated and are under way.

If you are new to the FPCLY community or haven't made a pledge to the Rooted and Reaching Campaign and would like to or would like to learn more, we invite you to reach out to Kathryn Pumphrey, our campaign chair.  She would be glad to talk with you about the campaign and how your gift will help FPCLY continue to celebrate God's grace and inspire the next generation for Christ!

We are incredibly thankful and grateful for you--the many hands that have participated in this campaign through focus groups, serving on a committee, committing to a pledge, or sharing the opportunity with others.  Together, we will change the world!

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15: 4-5

Our Mission

Celebrating God’s grace, Inspiring the next generation for Christ… each and every day!!!

Contact Us

1215 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503

Email: info@fpcly.org
Phone: (434) 384-6231

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