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
CAMPAIGN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The leadership of Warren recognizes that 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. It is essential that we also make the technological advancements essential to maintain a modern worship experience. The plan to update our audio and visual equipment and other tools will ensure that we are able to consistently engage with and accommodate the diverse needs of our congregation and community.
The Board of Trustees surveyed the condition of our church properties and identified and prioritized the improvements, repairs, and renovations necessary to continue to deliver on outreach services and ministries to its membership and immediate community families. In 2020 the board established a three-phased Capital Improvement Plan and after several meetings, the Board felt the need to secure additional funds from the United Methodist Foundation.
God blessed this church with a $300,000 loan from the Foundation which will allow funding the work for only Phase One of the Capital Improvement Plan. The Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign was established to raise funds to retire the loan debt as well as funding for the additional work needed. With much prayer and planning we have set a goal to raise $550,000.00 over the next three years to ensure that funds would be available to support the costs of Phases 2 and 3 of the improvement plan. A successful campaign would ensure that our ministry budget for mission and outreach would not be compromised and our physical plant, ministry, and outreach, would represent our stewardship and witness for God’s Kingdom in a forever changing community.
|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
Member Reflections on Warren
Question: What do you love about Warren ?
The thing that I most appreciate about Warren is the warm caring attitude that I discovered when I first attended about 34 Years ago. I still feel that same love and support today. It has enabled me to embark upon my own spiritual journey and also provided me an opportunity to share that experience with others. ___Ken Moss, Sr.
One thing that I love about Warren is the focus on family and the relationships that are developed from the bonds created through worship. I have found friends, mentors, and role models from the church family at Warren. __Dr. Avery Kenly
Question: What has been one of your favorite memories of your time at Warren?
Baptism Day has been one of my favorite memories at Warren. The day my children were presented to the Lord in baptism and then to be able to see them present their children to the Lord in baptism. Praise the Lord for their faith today and how they are providing the opportunity for their children to know and love God. __Eloise Sykes
My involvement on the planning committee for our 2019 Vacation Bible School Heritage Educational Tour stands out as one of my favorite memories at Warren. Our committee was able to take two buses filled with 107 Warren members and friends to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The tour proved to be more than an educational experience. It was an equally thought-provoking and spiritual emotional reflection of our history as a people. __Patricia Kenly
Question: Why do you believe in Warren?
I believe in Warren because that sharing caring attitude is the basis of what this Church is all about. I have seen that same love extended to others not only with in the Church but throughout the community (The A U Center and surrounding community). I truly feel that Warren is committed to spreading that good news for another 150 years and I truly want to be a part of that. __Ken Moss, Sr.
I believe in Warren because for close to 150 years, Warren has consistently worked in the community in which it serves. From the outreach efforts to the Boys and Girl Scouts, the service activities and altruistic faith of our members extend beyond the sanctuary. I believe Warren will continue to serve as a beacon of hope and enlightenment through spiritual growth and Christian values. __Dr. Avery Kenly