An update on the Campaign for Tomorrow
The recent Campaign for Tomorrow raised more than $1.4 million towards rebuilding areas at Knox Church that are used by children, youth and missions. Your donations to the Campaign already are making life-changing differences elsewhere in Cincinnati — and in Uganda, and in Israel.
December 2017: The news just keeps getting better for the Campaign for Tomorrow! We’re very happy to report that the building renovations will be completed by the end of January—the Social Hall and lower level, the Michigan Avenue entry and Knox Room, the third floor and HVAC improvements all will be ready to serve Knox and our community for many years to come.
What’s more, all of this work was completed within budget, thanks to the diligent efforts of the steering committee and the many Knox volunteers who have been helping with this project. This budget news has freed us to pursue our mission-based stretch goals as defined in the original Campaign proposal that the congregation approved in September 2016.
At its December meeting, The Session enthusiastically approved a recommendation by the Mission and Social Concerns Committee to:
- Release funds for the construction of a second school in rural Uganda to benefit children who do not have access to an education facility.
- Launch a new after-school program for Muslim, Jewish and Christian children at the Jerusalem International YMCA, helping them to build peace by understanding each other better.
More information on our mission work—and the unveiling of the new Knox spaces—will be part of the Knox Church Annual Meeting of the Congregation in February.
In Kigarama, Uganda, construction is complete on a school for 300+ students. The school was built by Kigarama villagers under the direction of our partner, Building Tomorrow. Nearly 200 children in Kigarama do not attend school, as the closest facility is an 11-mile walk from the village. The Campaign for Tomorrow funded all of this work through a $35,000 investment.
The Jerusalem International YMCA in Israel has received $15,000 from Knox and has used that money to train Arab and Israeli teachers at its Peace Pre-School, attended by more than 100 Muslim, Jewish and Christian children from 10 months to five years of age. Children are learning to understand and appreciate the differences in their faith traditions, and that living together in peace is both desirable and attainable.
At Third Church, we have provided $30,000 to support the operating costs of that congregation. By taking away the pressure of constantly raising funds to keep its doors open, we believed we could help devote more energy toward serving its community—and that strategy is working, as Third’s programs targeting neighborhood children are thriving. The church is completing plans to build an outdoor basketball court (also supported by your donation to the Campaign), a fresh produce garden, and badly needed renovations to make its facility safer, more efficient and inviting.
Here at Knox, construction is underway on renovations for areas used by our children and youth, as well as in welcoming and hospitality. Demolition in the lower level is complete, and classrooms in that area are now open. All of our classrooms in other areas of the building will be fully refurbished and furnished by the end of the year. The all-new Social Hall is scheduled to open in December, as well as the Knox Room and Michigan Avenue.
- As with many construction projects, our bids came in a bit higher than we anticipated. We have done the hard work of finding plan modifications that stay within budget while maintaining the integrity of our mission.
- As we near completion of construction and imagine together the new and continued uses of our building, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
It’s a good time to be a member of Knox Church. Your heart for giving, your vision of a better future, and your willingness to further the realm of God on behalf of all whom we serve is making a difference.