*PLEASE NOTE: Given current uncertainty due to the spread of COVID-19, the session has decided to place the Mission Build Campaign on hold while we partner with local ministries to meet increased local needs during this crisis. Though we’ll continue to accept gifts and pledges, we will not actively promote the campaign until such time as it seems reasonable to do so.
About the Mission Build Campaign
We at Second Presbyterian Church seek to find direction for our lives by following in the footsteps of Jesus, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and caring for those in need. We support organizations and programs on local, national, and international horizons which work to make the world more loving and compassionate, while building the Kingdom of God.
We can continue that journey in an important way today. Four of the church’s long-term mission partners, all healthy and thriving, are on the verge of major transition into new chapters of ministry that will magnify their impact on this generation while sending waves into future ones. Right now, you have the unique opportunity to support these major transformations first-hand. You can help our local neighbors at Family Promise of Greater Roanoke through the use of our own Alpha Omega House, the Presbyterian Community Center; our national neighbors at Union Presbyterian Seminary; and our international neighbors via a non-profit clinic in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.
Below you will read in more detail the ways in which your gift will benefit our brothers and sisters in Christ. Renovations are planned, construction will occur; but more than that, families will be served; families experiencing hard times and homelessness, families in need of food or shelter, families seeking medical attention, families needing expressions of God’s love. The ministries of those continuing to study through the seminary will impact those who continue to walk God’s green earth and those who have yet to be born. You see, these ripples you can help create will never end.
It is with excitement and great joy that Second Presbyterian officially announces the launch of the faith-centered, mission driven, Mission Build Campaign. Our goal is to raise through gifts and pledges $1.6 million dollars by summer’s end of 2020. Donations will be distributed amongst the Alpha Omega House, the Presbyterian Community Center, Union Presbyterian Seminary’s William R. Klein Center at Westminster Hall, and Solid Rock International’s Revolution Clinic in the Dominican Republic. Donations may be made in honor or memory of loved ones, anniversaries, and special celebrations. No matter your age or the size of your gift, the impact of your generosity will resonate across the globe throughout our lifetimes and beyond. Please feel welcome to reach out to our ministers or Church Administrator with questions.
With deep gratitude on behalf of Second Presbyterian and those whom your gift will benefit,
Dr. George C. Anderson
Alpha Omega House Renovations to Serve Family Promise of Greater Roanoke
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke provides transitional housing, services, job assistance and more, with the specific goal to keep local families out of homelessness. Family Promise allows our congregation to provide a meaningful and loving response to a huge community need. Our church’s role in serving these families is three-fold: We provide financial support for the organization, prayerful support of the families, and a home for the families 5-6 weeks a year in our Alpha Omega House. When the families are on-site, we (with our Beth Israel neighbors) prepare and serve dinner, spend the night, and are a constant presence in the home.
The AO House must be renovated to better serve the families of Family Promise. Currently, there is no working shower in the AO House, thus children must go to school without an evening bath and working parents cannot shower to start their day. Further, the rooms do not have working windows, and the use of the two bathrooms becomes difficult if we are at capacity with four families.
There is a great need for additional congregations across Roanoke to use our space when it is upgraded to serve families in the program. It becomes a home for these children and their parents, giving them a place of warmth and stability during an otherwise difficult time.
Learn more about Family Promise on their website HERE.
Presbyterian Community Center Renovations
Second Presbyterian Church has partnered with the Presbyterian Community Center (PCC) since its founding over five decades ago. The PCC has grown beyond meeting crisis needs and added programs that address life conditions that keep people in the cycle of poverty. However, the PCC must make a major shift from present facilities, both because they are tapped out in terms of space and because of high maintenance.
PCC now owns the entire north side of the 1200 block of Jamison Avenue where they plan to construct a new facility. Future building use possibilities with healthcare, workforce development, and daycare. In addition to the space requirements for Emergency Services and Pathways for Youth, the new structure will also include a community kitchen and classroom/gathering space that can be used for workforce development with the goal of eliminating the barrier of travel for the community.
Through the Mission Build Campaign, Second Presbyterian can offer strategic help right at the point of transition to a growing effort to bring the Southeast community to stability.
Learn more about Presbyterian Community Center on their website HERE.
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
Westminster Hall, one of the three original buildings on campus, was built in 1897. The treasured building was home to generations of students and a center of hospitality and companionship. In recent years, the building has been vacant while Union waited for the right moment to refurbish the 120-year-old structure and recast it for a vital, strategic new purpose.
As a state-of-the-art conference facility, Westminster Hall will provide high-quality continuing education programs for pastors, Christian educators, and other church leaders. Large and small conference rooms, informal gathering areas, and well-appointed suites will welcome guests. Westminster Hall will feature the latest technology and will be fully accessible, with an elevator to the upper floors. With this transformation, continuing education students will interact daily with degree students, faculty, and staff as all Richmond campus activities will operate from the historic quadrangle.
In naming the Center for Dr. William R. Klein, Union Presbyterian Seminary wishes to honor Dr. Klein’s lifelong dedication to the church and his service to the people of the Roanoke valley. Many generations at Second Presbyterian Church Roanoke have been touched by his ministry. Union Presbyterian Seminary would also like to honor Dr. Klein for his work at the Seminary after his graduation in 1954: for his service as a Seminary trustee and campaign chair, and for his teaching-mentoring of numerous Seminary students at the Didactic Seminar on Reformed Theology. The hope is to commence construction once 75% of the total project cost is attained. Construction will take approximately 20 months.
Through the generosity of Second Presbyterian Church members and the Roanoke Valley’s Presbyterian community, Union Presbyterian Seminary has set a goal to raise $2.5 million to establish the Dr. William R. Klein Center on the main floor at Westminster.
Learn more about Union Presbyterian Seminary on their website HERE.
Non-Profit Clinic, San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
Second’s mission partner Solid Rock International is constructing a non-profit clinic that will serve the poorest of the poor while providing opportunities to expand available services to the southwestern region of the Dominican Republic. Access to medical care is something that can be easily taken for granted. In the Dominican Republic, good healthcare is not only difficult to be found, but it more often than not denied to the poor. The clinic is planning to offer new services, with some of them becoming available to the San Juan community for the very first time.
The clinic will offer:
- 46,242 square feet of clinic space
- 56 beds
- Increase in annual surgical procedures from 600 to 1,000
- Increase in annual patient services provided from 38,000 to 86,000
- New services for the community including: Ambulance Services, Blood Bank, Emergency Care, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatal Intensive Care, Ophthalmology, Orthodontics, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Radiology, and Urology
Learn more about Solid Rock International on their website HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the Mission Build Campaign run?
- Our goal is to collect 1.6 million dollars in gifts and pledges by the end of August, 2020.
How do I give?
- Make your gift in the method that is easiest for you:
- Online: Use our regular online giving platform, put “Mission Build Campaign” in the memo line.
- Check: Bring or send a check to the church (payable to Second Presbyterian; put “Mission Build Campaign” in the memo line).
- Alternative ways to give: Call our Business Administrator Mark Wigginton with questions, or if you would like to make a gift through another means.
How do I make a pledge?
- Pledge forms are included in the Mission Build brochure, and at the bottom of this page.
- Simply indicate on the form the amount you intend to give (we anticipate some pledges might be paid over the next three years).
- You may also communicate your pledge directly to Business Administrator Mark Wigginton via phone (540-343-3659) or email.
When should I give?
- Gifts and pledges can be made at any time between now and August 31, 2020.
- We anticipate some pledges might be paid over a period of three years.
To whom should I give?
- You can give your gift directly to Second Presbyterian Church and we will send it to our mission partners. This is the easiest method for our accounting.
- If you choose to give directly to one of the mission partners, please let us know so we can count your gift towards our campaign total.
Can I designate my gift?
- Yes! If a particular ministry or ministries are your passion, simply note the missions to which you wish to designate your gift, and we’ll make sure your money goes there.
How will undesignated gifts be distributed?
- As a general principle, undesignated gifts will be distributed evenly across the four ministries.
- With the exception of the Alpha Omega house, distribution of the gifts to the individual ministries will not be “capped” (i.e. if a ministry receives more designated gifts than another, that ministry will receive a larger gift).
- In August 2020, a task force of members of the Session, Mission Build Campaign Committee and Finance Committee will determine the final divisions and plans for distribution of the money we raise.
Mission Build Campaign Progress
Pledges/Gifts received as of August 6, 2020: