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After two years of study and prayer, the Session has developed a vision for our worship space that will upgrade and update the organ and the audiovisual components of the main sanctuary. As a congregation rich in diversity of worship style, these upgrades will ensure us the flexibility and ability to craft excellent musical and artistic expressions to enhance our unity. Upgrades necessary to the sanctuary environment include environmental controls as well as upgraded electrical and insulation items. These will allow us to live into the vision of good environmental stewardship as well as honor God’s call to worship wholeheartedly in this space.

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Our Vision

After two years of study and prayer, the Session has developed a vision for our worship space that will...

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Our Story

The First Presbyterian Church of Monterey has over 125 years of rich tradition in worship, music and...

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Our Purpose

The challenge to this vision of worship and outreach is primarily one of material: how will we pay for...

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What are we doing?

We are replacing our pipe organ with a quality instrument (along with state of the art environmental controls to ensure its sustainability), as well as adding new audiovisual components to the sanctuary. We also have committed to fund two mission and outreach projects.

Why are we doing this?

Our current pipe organ has degraded to the point that continued maintenance costs outweigh the cost of replacing it with a better constructed instrument. Without proper insulation and environmental controls, maintaining any instrument will be impossible. And since we worship in a variety of styles here at FPC, adding new audiovisual elements will broaden our opportunities for this space.

When will construction be complete?

August-September of 2016.

How much will it cost?

The projected cost is $1,100,000, which is similar in scope to our last capital campaign.

How will we pay for it?

Expenses will be met with existing church funds which we will replenish through a three-year capital campaign.

What is a capital campaign?

A capital campaign is a church project that seeks pledged donations from the congregation to pay for a major construction project — in our case, a new pipe organ and upgrades to the sanctuary.

How much money are we hoping to raise through the capital campaign?

We are hoping to raise $1,100,000, which would cover the sanctuary project as well as a significant contribution to mission and outreach projects.

Will I be pressured to make a pledge?

No. Participation in the campaign and how much you give will be entirely up to you. All members and guests will be given the opportunity to contribute if they wish to do so.

How may I prepare to participate?

Allow God to speak to your heart through prayer. Read Scripture passages that speak about stewardship and giving, such as 1 Corinthians 16:2, Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 3:5-9, 2 Corinthians 8:7, Acts 20:35, Luke 6:38, and Psalm 116:12.

How long will my commitment be?

You are asked to make a three-year commitment.

If I can’t give a large amount, does my pledge really matter?

Absolutely! All pledges matter, regardless of amount, because as we all participate according to our ability, God multiplies our giving.

When are we expected to give the amount pledged?

Pledge cards will be turned in on Commitment Sunday, and pledges will begin to be received shortly thereafter.

What forms of contributions will be accepted?

Contributions can be made by cash or check. Other forms of contributions can include the transference of title to marketable stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.

May I update my commitment after Celebration Sunday?

Yes. You may update your commitment at any time.

Do you have to be a church member to participate in the campaign?

No. Participating in the campaign is a personal decision for each of us, and anyone may contribute to God’s work in our church.

Immanuel House

After many years of planning, preparation, and hard work, the Presbytery of San Jose is opening a 14-bed home for refugees in downtown San Jose, providing temporary shelter, community, and life-skills training. The refugees will be carefully vetted by the United Nations and local refugee programs, and selected for their high potential to live and work successfully in Silicon Valley.

Refugees will live in Immanuel House for four months and will pay rent to defray their expenses as required by the UN program. The estimated expense is less than $500 per person/per month, with residents paying $200. We plan to subsidize the residents at the rate of $200 per person/per month, for a total of $33,600 for the first year of operation.

It is our hope that on-going relationships will be cultivated with refugees because of our proximity to Immanuel House. FPC’s Mission Committee envisions hosting and offering “field trips” to Monterey as a way of ministering to and supporting new immigrants, thereby offering a safe and holy place both in San Jose and Monterey.

I-HELP for Women

Outreach Unlimited, the parent organization of I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program), is made up of around 30 local faith communities who are committed to offering overnight shelter and a hot meal to homeless men. In the past 23 years, I-HELP has not missed a single night of service. Growing awareness of the plight of homeless women has inspired the expansion of I-HELP to include a women’s component.

There are very limited services for homeless women suffering domestic violence and for single women with mental illness or substance abuse issues. There is virtually no emergency shelter for single women, particularly older women, who have lost their home and are at grave risk living on the street.

Federal and state funds for emergency homeless shelter have completely dried up. Government programs now fund rapid re-housing and transitional housing. 
A little over a year ago, I-HELP lost its funding, and the local faith community has mightily stepped forward, heeding the Biblical mandate to serve the least of these. 
FPC was one of the half-dozen churches that began I-HELP, and remains invested in the success of this vital ministry.

We plan to give Outreach Unlimited $70,000 to be administered over a two-year period to start up the I-HELP women’s component and to develop long-term I-HELP viability.

$33,600 for Immanuel House, Refugee Home of the Presbytery of San Jose

$70,000 for Outreach Unlimited to start up I-HELP’s Women’s Component

Total: $103,600