The book of Nehemiah will serve as the biblical foundation for our Capital Improvement and the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign. It was Nehemiah who viewed the condition of Jerusalem and its properties. It caused him to weep, and he decided to pray to God. Nehemiah begins the plan to restore, rebuild, and renovate. He led a spiritual renewal for the people and the city. Again, Nehemiah approached God in prayer and the Israelites to participate in starting the great work!
Nehemiah is a great example of someone whose desire was to please God. His intentions and aspirations were God-focused rather than self-focused. I believe with all my heart that we share the same objective! Our thrust for this Capital Improvement and Sesquicentennial Campaign captures the historical approach and spirit of the people under the leadership of Nehemiah.
Rev. Leon E. Matthews,
“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give success to your servant today and grant your mercy.”
___ Nehemiah 1:10-11
Warren has recently received a $300,000 loan from the United Methodist Foundation which will be used to address long standing repairs, renovation and modernization needs of the church based on recommendations from the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has identified and prioritized these improvements to our overall physical plant and footprint to be done in three phases over the next 2 to 3 years. While the loan will cover some items, it will not address all the short or long term needs of the physical plant and footprint. The loan will cover the funding needed for Phase I of the improvements which includes restroom renovations and audio-video technology upgrades.
Cost Summary of the Capital Improvement Plan
Phase I $343,232.00
Phase II $66,279.00
Phase III $147,633.00
Total Cost All Three Phases $557,144.00
Total Funds Available $35,695.00
Funds Needed to Be Raised $521,449.00
|Dr. Icey Johnson|
|Dr. Elridge McMillan|
|Mr. Ken Moss, Chairperson, Church Council|
|Mr. Raymond McClendon, Chairperson, Finance Committee|
|Ms. Trieste Lockhart, Church Treasurer|
|Mrs. Patricia Kenly, Chairperson, Stewardship Committee|
|Mrs. Sandra Harrell, Chairperson, Trustees|
|Mrs. Jacqueline Rose and Mrs. Eloise Sykes, Co-Chairperson, Communications|
|Dr. Shirley Fannings|
|Mr. Larry Hollinshead|
|Dr. Avery Kenly|
|Atty. Sharon Smith-Knox|
|Dr. Joel Harrell|
|Rev. Leon Matthews|
Nearly 150 years ago, the doors of the Warren Memorial United Methodist Church opened for the first time. We opened those doors in the name of God and His purpose. Since then, much has changed but God’s purpose remains anchored. The Warren Church remains a refuge for combatting life’s uncertainties. This Church remains a sanctuary for celebrating life’s goodness.
Our Church’s history is vast and telling. Many families made Warren their home, raising up generations of faith-centered people. Members of our congregation have made significant service-centered contributions to help the neediest communities around us. Through a history of ministry and community involvement by persons committed to living a life of love and discipleship, the existence of our Church has made a difference—in our lives as individuals, families, and a community. Through labors of love, we have done God’s work.
Warren has always provided a place of sanctuary for the educational institutions in the Atlanta University Center. On March 10, 1961, Warren provided a place for the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other leaders of the Black Community, including his father “Daddy King” and the head of the local NAACP, the Rev. Samuel Williams, to meet with the Student Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Over 1000 persons attended that meeting.
Today, the people of Warren are committed to honoring and maintaining the legacy we have been given by those first Warrenites. As the church and the surrounding community faces the challenges of the economic, political and social injustices of the day Warren stands ready to respond through our courageous and resilient discipleship. We believe that we honor our past and the legacy of Warren by giving our best for the persons, families, and communities of today.
Why Warren now, well now is the time for Warren to make the significant investment in its infrastructure and physical plant footprint that are needed to continue the expansion of its vision and footprint in this new changing and expanding community. Warren must position itself now to be prepared to continue to deliver on outreach services and ministries to its membership and immediate community families.
We ask you to join us in vigorously providing your time, effort, prayers, and resources in support of the Warren Memorial Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign Fund. Your support will enable us to reach our financial goal but more important, it will significantly support our mission of “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”. I hope that you will join us in this exciting and spiritually fulfilling endeavor!!!
__Joel and Sandra Harrell