For Immediate Release
March 5, 2018
For Immediate Release
March 5, 2018
Chevy Chase, MD – On Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 5 PM, the doors opened to the beautifully decorated National 4-H Conference Center cafeteria to celebrate the All Saints Church “Building a Kingdom Church” Kingdom Campaign. To set the mood, the cafeteria was transformed into an intimate dinning room with white tablecloths, tables lit by candlelight and laced with beautiful decorations. Soft live background music was provided all evening.
Parishioners walked into an elegant atmosphere where hor d’oeuvres surrounding two open bar areas were provided. Dinner was provided shortly after offering a wide array of delicious entrees and complimentary sides to complete the meal. Each table enjoyed their choices of beverages as well as choice wines.
The program opened with prayer by Father Nathaniel Lee, Associate Rector of All Saints. Following was a heartwarming special video accentuating wonderful testimonials, several announcements of thanks, songs, and parables read by several steering committee members from their tables.
Toward the end of the program, Father Edward T Kelaher, senior rector, gave a mesmerizing and informative talk defining a Kingdom Church, the importance of the Kingdom Campaign and thanked all the steering committee, vestry, staff members and many of the influential parishioners who made the silent phase of the campaign possible and brought to the parish the wonderful celebration that ensued.
Father Ed then invited several of the youth members of All Saints to join him in front of the stage. Ten youth members collected a 24 x 36-inch board apiece, paraded in front of the crowd measuring close to 400 attendees displaying important campaign information, then had them stop at center stage.
Father Ed spoke of how hard many had worked structuring the Kingdom Campaign and regarded many church leaders and parishioners for bringing what was an awe-filled surprise to the celebration. He then asked the youth members to flip their boards over one by one from left to right to reveal what had already been raised for the Kingdom Campaign, eliciting a hardy round of applause. Father Ed teased the crowd a bit by showing the incorrect total at first yet after several board adjustments, revealed $3,669,521 had been raised thus far. One of the campaign chairpersons walked up to Father Ed to whisper something in his ear. Thus, came another announcement that $100,000 more came in during the event bringing the total to $3,769,521, which was meant by more applause and cheers.
All Saints Church initiated their $8-10,000,000 Capital Campaign to embark on a strategic plan following their mission and splitting the initiative among internal community growth, external growth, and building their endowment to aid in the growth and ministry further mirroring their 120-year legacy.
The campaign is being directed by James D. Klote & Associates, Inc., JDK&A, a full-time, on-site capital stewardship consulting firm based in Falls Church, Virginia, recently ranked the #1 church consulting firm in the United States by Volkart, a market research firm in Minnesota. Jim Collins, a full-time resident consultant is conducting the campaign.
Father Ed, excited about the campaign results stated, “This is an exciting time for our church as we continue our legacy building a ‘Kingdom Church.’ We would not have been this successful without the aid and guidance of the Klote company and Jim Collins.”
Father Ed and others eloquently closed the program again thanking church leaders, volunteers and the parish for their roles in this historic initiative and celebration.
With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; and Toronto, Ontario, James D. Klote & Associates is the largest full-time, on-site stewardship consulting firm in North America. For additional information, please contact the firm at www.jdklote.com or (800) 360-2315.