Capacity Building Campaign

They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.

– Jeremiah 17:8

Rev. Leah Atkinsin-Bilinski   Senior Pastor

Rev. Leah Atkinsin-Bilinski

Senior Pastor


The prophet Jeremiah shared a powerful vision of a tree. In the image, the tree bravely stretches its roots toward water, determined to maintain its position of vitality for God. But being well-grounded isn’t the tree’s only concern. While it seeks to ensure its longevity, the tree also stretches out its branches, seeking to flourish with bountiful green leaves and healthy limbs hung heavy with fruit for all who come.

I believe our 2018 capacity-building campaign, “Here for Good,” is an invitation to be this tree for God together—taking action to simultaneously strengthen our roots and stretch out our branches. We have before us a plan and an opportunity that has been created after a lot of faithful questions, open dialogue, and prayer, but at the heart has been a shared desire—a desire for Fauntleroy Church to better open ourselves to God’s possibilities of ministry and mission.

I invite you to share in this desire with us. Saying that we’re “here for good” is both a statement of resolve and dogged determination. It declares “We matter, and with God’s help, we’re going to continue to matter.” I hope you’ll join me in making that statement with a gift to the campaign and to Fauntleroy Church’s future.

Here for good and here for God, Leah


Creating Opportunities for Growth

10 years ago, our church voted for a major remodel. This made our facility accessible to all (elevator installation), expanded the narthex, created an outdoor gathering space, and preserved our beautiful sanctuary window. As a result of that work, a mortgage lingers as a financial and program risk to our faith community. Our mortgage is a 1-year ARM. As rising interest rates increase payments, our ability to maintain existing and create new programs and services diminishes. This limits our ability to grow our congregation and do good in our community. Dream of what we might be and do for God when a mortgage no longer binds us.

If we reach our campaign goal we will pay off our mortgage in its entirety.

Creating a Lasting Place of Worship

We recognize that Fauntleroy Church is not the building; it is all of us. However, the building is a space we share with our community; a place where the YMCA, non-profits, and other groups contributing to goodness in our community, call home.

We respect our historic home and intend to be good stewards of the building. While we updated a lot of the church in the remodel, we still have parts that are over 50 years old and in need of repair. This year, we need to repair the church steeple. Over the next five years, we will need to replace aging roofs, repave our parking lot, and replace aging appliances.

This campaign seeds a maintenance reserve fund so that when our building needs sizable maintenance, the money is already there to address the need.

If we reach our fundraising goal we will be able to pay for the steeple repair and fully seed a Maintenance Reserve that will pay for future building repairs.




Steeple Repair


Supplement Associate Pastor


Seed Maintenance Reserve







Increasing Collaboration and Creativity

Our congregation is incredibly active with programs inside our church and in the community. The needs of our church exceed the capacity of our Senior Pastor and Christian Educator. In response, we voted to authorize calling an Associate Pastor.

This new position is not about adding capacity; it is about adding collaboration, new ideas, and energy to the spiritual leadership of our faith community. It creates a spiritual leadership partner for our Senior Pastor, so that we can continue to grow as a faith community and do good within and beyond our walls.

With a successful campaign, we will be able to fully fund the Associate Pastor from the budget by the 2021/2022 budget year.

Fauntleroy Church has a bright future ahead. To be able to do good for our community and for our historic building, we need to grow our capacity. To do so, we set a goal to raise $1 million over three years. This campaign is about more than bricks and mortar, adding staff, and reducing debt. “Here for Good” is about building momentum for future opportunities that will enhance our ability to reach out to the community, creating a sustainable place of worship to grow our church, and engender collaboration to ensure “whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”

Ways to Give

  • Write a check today

  • Donate online today

  • Make a written pledge or pledge online today (you have 3 years to pay)

  • Donate stocks or other assets

  • Include Fauntleroy UCC in your estate plans

Fauntleroy Church, UCC is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit and gifts are usually tax deductible. Please verify with your tax advisor.

Campaign co-chairs: Glenn Seaverns and Laura Grit