The Campaign for the Fourth Century has been designed by and for the people of Bruton Parish, that we may each give as we are able, and effectively support both the present and future church.
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January 1, 2017
I am delighted to share an announcement made at this morning's services: the Campaign for the Fourth Century has reached its total goal of $8,000,000. In fact, we have surpassed it! The finance office reports that the amount received or pledged to the Campaign is now $8,407,820.
We declared this goal at the 300th Anniversary service of Evensong on September 27, 2015. Now some 15 months later, we have climbed this far. Thank you for making an ambitious goal a reality, with your contributions. Thank you for the investment in the mission and ministry of your parish church.
The Rev'd Christopher L. Epperson, Rector
The active phase of the Campaign concluded on December 31, 2016. Its steering committee, vestry and clergy worked jointly and achieved our goal of $8,000,000 by that date. The Campaign encompasses two years of annual giving pledges (2016 and 2017) and promotes our planned giving program in support of the Bruton Parish Church Foundation, Inc. The capital project of the Campaign is raising funds for a new pipe organ and associated work on the interior of the church.
Objective 1 — increase the annual operating budget significantly, to levels that can support greater outreach to those in need and ongoing investment in the care and maintenance of the church and other buildings. This is a need identified eight or more years ago and now a priority of the Campaign.
Objective 2 — a new congregational organ. It is hard to imagine coming to church without service music and hymns accompanied by a pipe organ. Yet our current organ is failing. Fortunately a highly regarded American builder has designed a new organ for our space, to perpetuate and enhance spiritual life and music for parishioners and our community. On March 7, 2016, Bruton Parish and Dobson Pipe Organ Builders jointly announced the commissioning of a new pipe organ. The 96th commission for the firm, the organ will be built in the Dobson shop in Lake City, Iowa.
To read an article written by Rebecca Davy, Bruton's Music Director & Organist, which was published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Bruton Fount, click the link below:
To read the announcement of the organ commissioning, click the link below:
To read two Special Editions of the Chronicle about the Pipe Organ, click the links below:
Realizing the objectives above will strengthen Bruton Parish today and ensure it remains a flourishing place tomorrow. Thank you.
Objective 3 — grow the Bruton Parish Church Foundation. By means of the Campaign we wish to promote and enhance our planned giving program. As the assets of the Foundation grow, so too
can annual disbursements supporting Bruton’s mission and ministry. The 1715 Society is growing as it welcomes a new group of members: those who have provided for the Foundation in their estate plan and are participating in the Campaign in this fashion.
For more information and to read past issues of Campaign News (starting with the most recent) click the links below:
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The Campaign Committee
Marty Easton, Chair
Rev'd Chris Epperson, Rector