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September 18, 2015, 2:04 PM

The homestretch | $1 becomes $2 with a match

As I begin writing this blog entry, I was inclined to start as such: "I couldn't be any more plesantly surprised with how well the pipe organ campaign is going."

That just wouldn't be entirely true, however.

In all actuality, I'm not the least bit surprised by the many forms of love and support the PUMC family has showered upon this project. From abundant financial generosity, to contributed in-kind expertise ranging from lighting assistance, engineering, painting, architectural design, and project management (just to name a few), our church family has stepped forward at every turn to ensure this pipe organ campaign is a resounding success. Oh, and prayer? Patience? Humor? PUMC has - in its typical, inspiring fashion - teemed with these in abundance. Thank you.

I'll share an update with you in about two weeks surrounding the construction and delivery of the pipe organ. (First, allow me a few more days to check with a few of our gifted craftsmen and vendors before that update.)

In the meantime, this blog post is all about the financial progress of the pipe organ campaign. As you may recall, the project's budget is $575,000. It remains right on-target and we do not project any cost overruns. As of today (September 18, 2015) we have raised just north of $527,000 which represents almost 92% of the amount needed. Yes, you read that right: We only have 8% left to raise, and then the entire project will be fully-funded and the church will not need to finance a single cent! Not a cent.

Two generous families from the church have united to offer a challenge match this September and October. Thanks to their generosity, all donations (and pledges) made between now and October 15, 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000. This means that your $100 donation becomes $200 with the match. Your $2,500 gift betcomes $5,000 with the match.

For anyone doing a little mental calculation, I suspect your face is beginning to boast a rather large grin. You're right: With the $25,000 match levied up by these two thoughtful families COMBINED with the $25,000 in donations and pledges that our congregation is apt to contribute between now and October 15, 2015...what's that you ask? Can it be? Surely not?

It's true! The $25,000 + the $25,000 match will bring the balance to a whopping $0. The fundraising for our pipe organ campaign will be complete! Done. Finito.

It is important to make note of the October 15, 2015 deadline. Cash/check/stock gifts OR pledges need to be received for the campaign by this deadline in order to be matched. However, the church leadership provides a beneficial caveat: the pledges need not be fulfilled (paid-up) until March 31, 2016. This may allow you to dig slightly deeper, making a bigger donation, with the added latitude to fulfil your pledge in the new 2016 tax year.

Make your donation in the weekly offering plate, or contact Brenda (treasurer) in the church office (317) 839-2319 or bbarnett@pumc.org to make your donation or pledge arrangements.

Thank you for your love and support of our music ministry at Plainfield United Methodist Church. WIth your continued support, we will conclude this fundraising campaign with absolutely zero debt toward the pipe organ.

Michael Pettry
Director of Music

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