Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Capital Campaign



We have raised $6 million toward our goal.

If you are interested in participating in the Capital Campaign at Heavenly Rest please contact Mike Denny at 325-677-2091 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Case Statement



Questions and Answers

Why do we need a campaign at this time?
We believe God is calling us to greater service as a parish and in our community, and our purpose and hope are found in the campaign prayer at the end of this document. Please be sure and read it. Our response to this calling is to undertake a campaign called “Building on our Heritage of Faith, Hope and Love.” The campaign will fund building projects that will accommodate our growth in the future and leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren. A Great Hall will serve as both informal and formal meeting space for congregational activities. Formal activities may include receptions for weddings, funerals and banquets. Additionally, the Great Hall will become a centralized focal point for church campus activities that is convenient, readily accessible and inviting for both congregants and visitors in a way that is difficult in our existing Parish Hall. This new Great Hall will be approximately 50% larger than our current Parish Hall. It will provide a drop-off/pick-up feature as well as disability parking spaces in the area and at the South Sixth
Street entrance. The garage and the building used formerly by Hospice and Young Life will be removed to construct this Great Hall.


The original plan called for a goal of almost $6.8 million. Why do we now have a campaign goal of $3.5 million?
The feasibility study reported that a number of parishioners voiced concern that the $6.8 million goal was too high. However, more than 79% of all respondents said they were in favor and supportive of a capital campaign. Members of the vestry and the planning committee met with the architects and contractors to make the project more affordable. Some features were removed from the conceptual drawings, and square footage was revisited to reduce the budget, without a reduction of the overall utility and concept.


Will the building expansion look like our original building from the ‘50s?

Yes! The Great Hall will be an extension of our beautiful worship space and be constructed to continue our gothic architectural tradition, being mindful of the history of our facilities.


How does the community use our facilities?
In 2013, more than 200 community meetings were scheduled to use our facilities.

How will this campaign benefit the parish and our community?
Our buildings serve as the foundation for our many ministries and outreach programs. They also provide the meeting space in which to pray, plan for and participate in activities to support the fulfillment of our mission. Many community groups also use our facility. The Great Hall will be accessible for people with special needs and will provide the necessary space to support our present educational sessions with new technology to meet the future needs for our children and youth.

When was the last capital campaign?
It has been more than 13 years since the last capital campaign. That campaign raised funds to address operational needs such as heating and air conditioning in the Nave, lifts for the Parish House and Parish Hall, handicap restroom, and a new sound system for the Nave. The last new construction project was in 1980 when the bell tower was added.


Do all of the building projects in the new campaign depend on each other?
The four projects are interrelated. The first of the projects addressed would be parking to make room for those who currently use the lot west of the Parish Hall. The next project would be the construction of the Great Hall. Once the
Great Hall is fully functional, the Music Ministries would relocate to the Parish Hall. Finally, the refurbishing of the Parish House would be under construction.

How will the expanded parking efforts benefit the disabled?
This campaign will give us the opportunity to add a drop-off as part of the Great Hall. Additional handicap parking spaces will be created close to the Great Hall and on the north side of the Nave. Parking is already a challenge on certain days throughout the year, such as Christmas, Easter, St. John’s Sunday, and special services such as weddings and funerals. The new expanded parking lot on Meander will provide more spaces for our parishioners and visitors.


Will the campaign go into debt if it does not reach its goal?

How will construction and renovations affect our regular church activities?
We anticipate no interruptions for our services in the Nave. Plans are to complete the additional parking on Meander prior to building the Great Hall. When construction begins on the Great Hall, parking for church events will be redirected to the north and east sides of the church proper. We will continue to use the Parish Hall until construction is completed. Converting the Parish Hall into a Music Ministry Center will follow. The renovation of the Parish House will be the final project.


What impact will this campaign have on our annual stewardship effort?
The capital campaign is separate and apart from our regular stewardship campaign. Individual parishioner’s stewardship is and will continue to be of vital importance. The capital campaign involves a request for each of us to consider making an additional sacrifice to build a new Great Hall, refurbish the Parish House, convert the Parish Hall to a Music Ministry Center, and expand our parking.

How long will I have to complete my pledge?
You can make a one-time gift to the campaign or make a pledge to be fulfilled over a 3-year period with payments at intervals -- weekly, monthly, or annually. You can also give by credit card. We encourage you to make a pledge for the 3-year period. Your pledge is not a binding contract, but a commitment to the parish. However, if you encounter financial hardships, or if your financial circumstances improve, we ask you to prayerfully consider how to handle the remainder of your commitment.


Will the campaign accept gifts other than cash?
You may pay your pledge by a variety of means -- stocks, bonds, mutual funds -- that suit your budget and circumstances. It is entirely up to you to decide the best way of making a gift to the campaign.



Breakfast On Beech Street Monday, Jan 27 @ 5:30 AM
African Congregation Meeting Monday, Jan 27 @ 9:00 AM
Abilene Recovery Council Meeting Monday, Jan 27 @ 4:00 PM
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January 5, 2020
Sunday, January 05, 2020
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