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Our Mission

We are a community of believers working to transform lives by sharing the love of God and the promise of Christ’s saving grace. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we care for one another and reach out to those around us with words of hope and acts of service.
Vision Summary “Changing Lives with God’s Love”

Our Vision

To become a center of healing, growth, and spiritual transformation by engaging and serving our community.
We will do this by:

• Growing a congregation of disciples and involving every person in the life of the Church
• Serving as an incubator of new ministries and initiatives
• Caring for the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of those in our community
• Focusing on ministry for Children, Young Adults, and Families.
• Creating an atmosphere for worship and fellowship that is welcoming and caring
• Updating the current facility to create improved space for fulfilling this vision


1. Why are we conducting this campaign?

Over the past 3 years Calvary has been working to identify specific goals for congregational ministry and mission work. One of the goals that has been adopted is a commitment to caring for our aging facility. Since no major upgrades have been made to the building since 1962, a number of critical building systems are in need of overhaul. Additionally, we have the desire to make our building accessible and safe for all who use it. We believe this campaign will allow for work to be done to reach these goals. To be clear, this campaign is not just about the building. We believe that caring for our facility is just one step towards a future where Calvary is better equipped to care for our worshiping families, meet the needs of the community, and serve as a incubator for new ministries and initiatives.

2. How much money are we trying to raise?

On February 4th, the Congregation of Calvary Lutheran Church adopted a goal of $750,000. We believe this goal is challenging and also achievable, but it will take all of us to get there.

3. When will the decision be made on which projects to fund?

The ALL IN Campaign concludes on April 15th with commitment Sunday. At that time we will know whether we have achieved or exceeded our fundraising goal and will then be equipped to make decisions about how to use the money raised. A series of congregational meetings will be held in the spring to discuss building options and determine which options seem to be the best use of our resources.

4. How were these needs determined?

Over the last 3-4 years Calvary leadership has hosted numerous town-hall meetings, discussion groups, and conversations to determine the most important aspects of facility improvements in the eyes of the congregation. Calvary leaders have also held meetings with various groups who currently use our space, including The Auburn School, to determine how this potential building project might impact them. These conversations, plus inputs from our architect, Miche Booze, have led to the proposals currently before the congregation (see THE PLAN).

5. How will the building repairs and improvements further Calvary’s mission and vision?

We believe the building improvements are critical to meeting our future ministry goals. Currently, a significant portion of church leadership and staff time is spent managing building repairs and problems. We envision a future where the congregation is freed from these administratively time-consuming tasks in order to focus on ministry. Specifically, we believe a big part of our ministry will involve serving a growing children’s and family ministry which will benefit from improved space and dedicated classrooms. We believe that we have the opportunity to be an incubator for new ministries and initiatives which will require space in our facility that is safe, efficient, and accessible for all. And we believe that our commitment to long-term ministry partnerships, such as Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf, The Auburn School, Little Leaves, and others, demands that we provide a space that is more accessible and efficient.

6. Are we going to spend the money raised on only the building or will money be allocated for mission and ministry?

We are asking for donations in this campaign specifically for use in the building project. However, Calvary also has a significant amount of money in savings and the decision on how much money from savings to spend on the building vs. mission and ministry initiatives will remain in the hands of the congregation. We ask God’s wisdom and guidance as these decisions are made.

7. What happens if we don’t reach our financial goal?

We believe our campaign goal can be achieved, but that it will take all of us to get there. In the event that we fall short of our goal, there is no risk to the congregation, but we may not be able to do as extensive a construction or renovation project as we had hoped. Potentially, more money would need to be taken from savings, or in the form of a loan.

8. How much of our savings will we use for the project?

Money raised during the ALL IN Campaign is committed to building improvements, but money in savings will need to designated for use by the congregation. With roughly 2 million dollars in savings, there are wide-ranging options regarding how much to spend on the building vs. how much to designate for mission and ministry as well as how much to reserve for savings (e.g. a rainy day fund). Calvary’s leadership is currently evaluating various options and will place before the congregations several alternatives after the campaign is concluded. We invite all who care about Calvary to be in prayer for God’s wisdom and guidance as these decisions are considered.

9. Are we going to incur any debt from the renovations?

This decision remains in the hands of the congregation. Some suggest that a congregation without debt is not truly active, while others take a more conservative stance and believe debt could be a risk. The congregation will need to evaluate this decision upon the conclusion of the campaign as building options are considered. Some combination of money raised in the campaign, plus money in savings, and potentially, money from a loan, will add up to the cost of the building alternative chosen by the congregation.

10. If the project costs don’t add up to $750,000, what will the remaining money be used for?

As our building renovation proposals show, there are wide-ranging alternatives to the extent of the building repairs and renovations. However, even the most conservative option is well over the $750,000 campaign goal amount. Therefore, we do expect that all money raised in the campaign will be used for much needed building improvements.

11. Can we donate to a specific building project?

At this time, we are asking for donations to be made to the general campaign fund. All money raised will go towards the building improvements decided on by the congregation, but we do not yet know the details of what those repairs will entail. At the top of our priority list are accessibility concerns and needs within the building, such as ramps, an elevator, and accessible restrooms, so it is likely that any building project would include these items.

12. Why have we engaged a consultant to work on this campaign?

Our church has retained the services of John Hewett, a professional consultant who works with nonprofits nationwide, to assist our church with this campaign. We believe this project is too important and complex to attempt without professional, experienced help. The use of professional consultant services can increase giving by 50% to 100% (or even more) over pledges raised solely from church staff and volunteers, and such increased giving can more than pay for the flat fee charged for such services.

13. Is this campaign spiritually based?

Everything we do as a congregation relies upon the grace and generosity of our God. Indeed, we as a congregation owe all we have to God’s generous care for this congregation in decades past, as well as those Calvary members who gave of their time, energy and resources to create our facility as it is today. As part of this campaign, our Spiritual Life team is working to ensure that prayer, study of scripture, and the seeking of God’s wisdom remain a connected and deeply rooted part of this fundraising effort.

14. What are our short and long term debt obligations?

Currently, Calvary’s books are clear of obligations with no debt outstanding.

15. Who is our architect?

Miche Booz is the architectural firm our leadership team has been working with to create the current building alternatives. Miche and his firm have worked with a number of faith-based organizations in Maryland as well as the Sandy Spring Museum. Miche Booz has been involved with the renovation of historic structures as well as new building projects. More information can be found at:

16. Who are the regular users of our building and facilities?

• Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf
• The Auburn School
• Little Leaves Behavioral Services
• Estonian Church Choir
• Various recovery groups
• Occasional community or local government meetings
• Concerts, performances, and recitals by various groups, including the Potomac River Jazz Club, The Rockville Brass Band, and many others.

17. When would construction/renovation begin and how long will it take?

We expect that construction would not begin for at least 6 months after decisions are made committing ourselves to a specific building alternative. This is likely to place the start of construction in early to mid 2019. Consideration will also be given to the needs of those currently using our building such as The Auburn School. The amount of time any projects will take won’t be determined until the congregation decides which projects to fund.


How can each of us support the campaign?

18. When will I be asked to make my financial commitment?

We ask that all financial commitments are made by April 15, 2018- Commitment Sunday. If you cannot join us in church that Sunday, you can go to to make a pledge or one time gift.

19. How long will I have to complete my pledge?

The campaign will be three years. We ask that all pledges be fulfilled within the three-year time period.

20. Can I give in ways other than cash?

Yes, absolutely. In addition to cash, you can also donate stock or other types of assets. Please contact the church if you wish to make such a donation.

21. Are my campaign contributions tax deductible?

Yes, all gifts to the campaign are tax deductible.

22. Is this gift in addition to my regular giving?

Yes, this is an additional pledge and does not alter your member giving pledge made to Calvary. The pledge you made during the stewardship drive is for our operating budget. Your pledge and gifts for this capital campaign will support building projects to be decided on in the spring.

23. How much will members be asked to give on average during the capital campaign?

There truly is no such thing as an average gift. Each person needs to examine his or her own personal situation and make a pledge consistent with the ability to give. In lieu of cash, some individuals offer gifts of securities or other assets. In giving today, we are repaying a debt to those who came before us, while providing a faith home for those who will follow.

24. What happens if I am unable to fulfill my pledge?

Pledging is an estimate of giving. Sometimes situations prevent someone from making their full pledge, while other events may allow people to increase their pledge. While we rely on your pledged gift to accurately plan for the project expenses, you can modify your pledge — just let the church know of your adjustment.

25. Will someone call me, contact me or visit me about the campaign?

Yes, you will hear about the campaign from a variety of sources. In particular, you are invited to attend one of the Vision Awareness Gatherings on March 11 or March 17. where we will discuss the particulars of the campaign and more fully describe how  the campaign will help us to work toward fulfilling our church’s mission and vision. If you are unable to attend a meeting, we will be happy to visit or speak with you separately.

26. Will my gift be confidential? Who will see it?

Specific pledge amounts will be known only to Calvary’s Business Manager, Carl Johnson and Office Administrator, Beverly Harmon.

27. How long is the campaign and how can I make my pledge?

The term of the campaign is three years. Pledges will be received in the worship service on Sunday, April 15-Commitment Sunday. You can pay in whatever way is most convenient for you and on whatever schedule works best for you. Some members will pay monthly, others quarterly, others annually, and some may choose to make a one-time gift. If you are unable to join us on April 15th, your pledge or one time gift can be made at

Who is leading this campaign?

28. Who are the leaders of this campaign?

CAMPAIGN DIRECTORS Courtney Fletcher and Robyn Frank
VISION AWARENESS DIRECTORS Lori Schwartz and Mark Weilnau
SPIRITUAL LIFE DIRECTORS Sam Collins and Melanie Thwaites
ALUMNI & FRIENDS DIRECTORS Bruce Hoener and Sherrell Goolsby
CHILDREN AND YOUTH DIRECTORS Ann Allen and Miles Fletcher-Smith
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORS Carly Johnson and Dustin White
MAILING DIRECTORS Barbara Boehne and Becky Johnson
HOSPITALITY DIRECTORS Susan Fletcher and Bryan Isler
COMMITMENT DIRECTORS Nancy Dydak and Vita Sims
FOLLOW THROUGH DIRECTORS Carl Jenkins and Carl Johnson

29. Why is this campaign called ALL IN?

Many, many people are helping lead this campaign and support it. But we also know that this campaign will only be successful if we engage ALL who are a part of the Calvary family. If you have benefited from the ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church, or from Calvary Lutheran School, this is your chance to give a little back so that this good work might continue.

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