THANK YOU, W.P.C.!
On April 12th, the church membership voted YES to purchase a new campus building downtown. New ministry adventures await us!
If you pledged – fantastic – thank you. We prayerfully set a big goal, and God more than supplied our needs! Details of what came in are below.
Now we have a million-dollar cheque to write – May 1st is our completion date, so we ask that all the pledges (one-time and monthly) be in by then. Thank you so much!
- One-time gifts: ONLINE or by cheque/cash,/debit – clearly labelled for downtown please.
- New monthly giving: ONLINE IS BEST, or use this form (please hand it in to the office/drop into offering bag).
- Increased Monthly Giving: please email Cheryl (firstname.lastname@example.org) what you want the increase to be, and she will contact you. You can call her too – 250.765.6622 (M-T 9 am – 3 pm)
THANK YOU for making this happen, W.P.C. family!
The Story So Far
We have a 75 year history of taking steps of faith!
As we prayerfully continue in our proposal to purchase First Mennonite’s Church building in downtown Kelowna, we are reminded of our 75-year history of taking steps of faith to see the gospel shared in the Okanagan valley.
Our legacy is not about buildings but about transformed lives and impacted communities in our city, valley and beyond. We want to show the love of God and, at the same time, teach and inspire future generations to follow Jesus in the same way we have been inspired by those who have faithfully gone before us in our history (Psalm 100:5).
The purchase of the First Mennonite Church building is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see WPC expand in this God-given mission to a needy and vibrant part of our valley – downtown Kelowna.
What has been the process with the building so far?
A few months ago (early October), we learned through a long-term WPC member that First Mennonite Church (1305 Gordon Drive) was selling their building. They invited five churches to make a bid by December 31 2022.
On December 13th, the WPC board agreed to make a bid for $ 3.5 million.
In March we embarked on an audacious month-long pledge campaign and WOW – the WPC family stepped up!
Over $420,000 in one time pledges came in and over $17,800 monthly giving increases / new commitments.
On April 12th the church membership voted YES and we are aiming to take possession on May 1 2023.
What a God-story!
IF YOU PLEDGED we are praying that all the gifts come in by MAY 1 – give online now.
Starting a New Ministry in Downtown Kelowna!
What's the plan for WPC Downtown?
WPC has a long history of starting new congregations. After much prayer and listening, the elders believe that now is the time to start another in the downtown area and ask the South community to move and initiate the ministry work at WPC "Downtown" (current working name).
A place where we can worship and learn about Jesus
A place we can show God’s love to our community and fulfil Jesus’ commandment to “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
A place for celebration, help, and for community, a place that will offer childcare and other community services.
What's happening in the Mission?
The South Community have reached the point where they are facing the strong possibility of not having anywhere to meet come June 2023.
While disappointed that they have to move out of the Mission area, the South are excited about the possibility of creating, building and shaping a new ministry opportunity for our wider church community.
The plan is to continue to focus on the Mission with our growing Community Group ministry.
What's the building like?
It’s fantastic – FMC has done an incredible job of looking after their building. It’s almost 35 years old, and so there are things that you expect need updating over time, but generally speaking, it’s ideal for our use and also will be in high demand for community use due to its smaller size and location.
AND it’s right next to the popular rail trail, which will allow us all sorts of outreach opportunities.
Two important things to note are that the church is adjacent to Rail Trail and on a major road in Kelowna, making the location ideal for outreach to tourists and passersby. The location also makes it an ideal place for a community grocery/kitchen for those who need extra support in the area.
Thousands of people drive, walk and bike past this building every day. It’s close to thousands of residents and located near a rapidly expanding residential and commercial area on Clement.
We see the FMC building as far more than a place to worship on Sundays!
Following a similar model in Europe and other parts of Canada, we see it as a Community Centre first that holds church services at the weekends.
Apart from our current ministry stabilizing, expanding and being enhanced, our prayer would be that it would be a hub of community activity throughout the week. Indeed the funding model hinges on this.
"Core" Ministry - Sundays, small groups, prayer
Ministry to the Church - social gatherings, meals etc.
Ministry to the Community - too many possibilities to list!
Rail Trail Outreach / Biking "Pit Stop"
How Do I Get Involved?
We are at the place where we are looking carefully at our finances and our ability to afford this new building. We do have cash reserves and over $420,000 pledged, so we plan on using $1,000,000 to reduce the mortgage. Using this money still leaves significant reserves for future plans and the contingency of WPC as a whole.
We are seeking these pledges to be given by MAY 1st.
Pray that God will provide during this campaign by people giving monthly and one-time gifts.
Give a one-time financial gift to support the campaign. See below for details.
Increase your monthly gift or start monthly giving to cover ongoing expenses. See below for the plan.
Although our gifts may look different because we are all at different stages of life and income, New Testament teaching calls us to give generously and cheerfully, and it's meant to be a sacrifice,
We are incredibly blessed by our generous family – thank you. We also want to encourage those in our church who are yet to start giving to start now.
Total Cost of Purchase
Finance or Fundraise
Inc. Monthly Giving (per year)
Give monthly – If 300 of us increased our regular giving to our budget by $1000 a year ($83.33 p.m.), that’s an increase in our budget of $300,000 per year.What a difference that would make!! Imagine if it was 400 of us. 500?
The monthly increases in giving will go toward our network expenses in our unified budget and will help us move forward in many areas, including the monthly cost of the new building.
If that’s too much right now for you – any amount per month has a positive impact!
We are praying for $3.5 million!
In addition to a monthly commitment, A one-time GIFT reduces the amount of money we need to borrow and then pay for.
THE PURCHASE OF this unique building will cost $3.5 million. The proposed plan is to use $1,000,000 in cash (reserves plus pledges), AND fundraise/mortgage the remaining $2.5 MILLION.
WE ARE praying that God will give us ALL the money we need so we won’t need a mortgage! Please pray about what you can give.