First Congregational Announces $2.8 million raised toward $5.5 million for its Master Plan


For Immediate Release
October 9, 2013


Ridgefield, CT – The First Congregational Church announced a $5.5 million major project for the renovation and development of its facilities during a gala capital campaign kick-off celebration last Friday night. The capacity crowd, at the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield, learned that leadership donors already have committed to $2,819,000! The hope is to raise the remaining $2.7 million between now and mid-December when the campaign culminates.

This is truly an exciting time in the life of our church, remarks campaign co-chair Sue Glendinning. This project is the most significant undertaking in the life of the church for several decades, said campaign co-chair Dr. Stephen Mathias. We are building to serve our members and the wider community more faithfully, today and for years to come.

The church has engaged the firm of James D. Klote & Associates to assist in the effort. We are so fortunate to be working with such a truly hard-working, dedicated and committed leadership team for this campaign. I am confident that they will Make it Happen! commented Klote Campaign Director, SueEllen Lawton.

Senior minister Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe attests, We selected the Klote organization because their representative works with the church full-time during the campaign, and we certainly see the effectiveness of this approach in the caliber of our consultant, SueEllen Lawton.

With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; St. Charles, Illinois; 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 or (800) 360-2315.


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