Steps Toward Hibben’s Future

An Overview

On August 22, the Hibben Church Council convened a special meeting to consider undertaking a Capital Fund Drive to address critical needs for our future. At the heart of this program is the need to replace our unreliable sanctuary organ. Simple repair is not a viable option. A purchase order for the new organ has been placed. The new organ should be in place late summer 2018. Hibben leadership has concluded that in addition to the organ replacement, it is appropriate that we consider associated sanctuary improvements, capital facility upgrades to both the main sanctuary and CLLC buildings, and conclude debt retirement.

Over the coming weeks Hibben leadership will establish a campaign committee critical to achieving our goal. As the listing of necessary upgrades is comprehensive, we need all inclusive participation. We hope that as many congregants as possible will be able to serve in some capacity. We need your participation to make this dream a reality. Additional communications will follow.


Debt Reduction

Hibben is in strong financial condition. Debt has been reduced from $1,200,000 to less than $100,000. By the end of 2017, the debt will be about $60,000 or less, depending on giving. Funds previously applied to mortgage interest have been freed up to support our growing ministries. Giving has increased considerably (+$50,000 versus 2016 at this time). The generosity of our congregation has enabled Hibben to grow and make needed repairs to our extensive facilities. Committee chairpersons have been excellent stewards by achieving program objectives while maintaining expense within budget allowances. We are well positioned to take the next steps.

The Organ

An order and deposit have been placed with the Allen Organ Company. Our new organ is now in production and should be installed late summer 2018. Updates will be shared along the way. Our organist Rodney Pendell is also writing a blog about the organ and its progress. Follow him at

Sanctuary Alterations

Along with the new organ, it seems an appropriate time to renovate the altar area. Plans are not set but the overall goal is flexibility. The organ will be completely mobile, as will all other elements. This is to accommodate any type of need that may arise. From Christmas pageants to community events to Sunday mornings. The continuation of the Sanctuary lighting upgrade will be continued to include the altar.

Trustee Recommendations

The Trustees were asked to list a few capital improvements. These are above what would be considered maintenance issues and upgrades. Some spotlighted areas include a sidewalk upgrade, a handicap ramp, the Vincent Street retaining wall and roofs for the Sanctuary and CLLC. These are fluid suggestions at the moment and may change as the campaign develops.

Christian Life and Learning Center

The CLLC is closing in on 20 years old and therefore getting to the point of needing more than just maintenance. The lighting in the gym was just replaced at the beginning of October. An upgrade to the gym flooring is one option on the table.

Cost Breakdown

Low end to high end estimates
Mortgage Payoff $62,000-92,000
Organ $372-380,000
Sanctuary Altar $25-75,000
Altar Lighting $35-50,000
Trustee Recommendations $100-120,000
CLLC Upgrade $50-150,000
TOTAL $644,000 -867,000


Check back for updates.

What you can do

We had a wonderful informational luncheon but we could still use your help! Steps Toward Hibben’s Future is intended to be inclusive. It touches many aspects of our ministry. Please consider being a part of this exciting program by providing your talents at this critical time.

We need help in:

 Communications & small group outreach, Sunday School awareness,
electronic message content and design, direct mailing design and
distribution, Hibben work areas and committee leadership, personal
contact, and many other means we have yet to consider. Please contact
Amanda Moore if you are interested in helping this area.

 Major fundraising element design
o Sanctuary Altar … We want to accommodate as many aspects of
worship styles and special events as possible. We want flexibility.
o Facility Capital Upgrades … Trustees have identified critical needs.
We need additional input to insure our list is accurate and priorities
are set. Please contact Steve Bare to help in this area.

o CLLC Upgrade … The aging facility gets a lot of traffic. The space is
used in many ways. What can we do to accommodate Hibben
ministries, special events and contemporary worship experience? Please contact Tim Ristau to help in this area.


Contact Finance Committee Chair Tim Ristau with questions.


Pledge cards will be sent through the mail in November. To make pledges outside of that window, contact Business Manager Candace Dellinger at Donations can be made on our giving page.

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