In November, 2013, St Michaels will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
To honor this event and position the church so it can continue to
fulfill its mission in the years to come, we are having a capital
campaign. This page is an explanation of the process we used to
determine the need for the campaign, the projects to be included, the
feasibility of raising the necessary funds, and the actual funds
We engaged the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) to help us determine
what to do. They have much experience helping churches through
this process. Their process unifies the community and provides
clarity about what is (or is not) to be done.
A compaign website prepared by the ECF is
here and the
campaign brochure is here.
We are curruntly in the third step of a three step process
established by the ECF. (The first two steps of the process are described below.)
Solicitation is the third step, and consists of two
phases. The first phase, also called the silent phase started
April 20 and will finish mid-June. During this period, a dozen
volunteers will have one-on-one conversations with folks who will
consider making an advance gift. The goal is to raise
approximately 80% of the campaign total during these two months.
On June 23 we will start the Congregational Phase; during this time
each member and friend of St Michaels will be invited to participate .
This phase will end
with a celebration on Aloha Sunday, September 8.
Project schedules will depend on the timing of pledges and receipt of
donations. Further information will be available in August or
Discernment was the first step. In our
religious context, discernment means seeking through prayer and
community discussion the answers to 'Where is God in this
situation?' and 'What is God calling us to do?' A fuller description of our
discernment process is here.
This step was completed in December, 2012.
Feasibility was the second step. This assesses
our willingness and
capacity to support a capital campaign. In December, the vestry approved a contract with ECF to conduct a
feasibility study. Their work included telephone interviews
with some of our members and a pen-and-paper or online survey of members
and friends. A
described the planned projects and the time line.
ECF made a report to the vestry in March. Their report
concluded that a goal of approximately $550K was feasible and identified
which projects should be prioritized highly and which are less critical. In response, the
vestry made changes in the scope and priority of the projects and
adopted a primary goal of $550K with an additional $200K challenge goal.
This vestry action concluded the Feasibility step.
Have we done anything like this before?
Yes! In 1963 we established an Episcopal mission in Lihue, purchased the land we now occupy, and built a church.
In 1973 we built the vicarage (now the Goodale Center) which provided a
home for our first resident clergy. In 1990-91 we built the
existing church and admin building. In 2004 we retired the
building debt. In 2009-10 we restored and remodeled the Goodale
Center for Ministry. We have a history of discerning and
achieving our vision! (Click here for a trip down memory lane with
more details and photos.)
What if i have questions?
The answers to frequently asked questions are available
In addition, you may contact our Sr Warden, Bill Skelton, at 635-5957 or