Capital Campaign News                                                                                                                             December 2, 2017


We hope you had a chance to review last month’s bulletin article regarding information on the capital campaign. If not, you can easily view it at under the Capital Campaign tab of the parish website. Also included in the website are drawings of the new rectory and social hall, similar to the ones you can view in the Social Hall. In a continuing effort to have you better understand the involvement on the capital campaign teams we would like to explain the functions of the committees.


Finance Council   Lead- Mike Coleman

The Parish Finance Council is composed of 6 volunteers who meet on a regular basis to conduct the business of the parish. We evaluate the requests that are made from the various groups operating both within and even outside the parish to make sure use of our offerings meets the goals of the parish community and the requirements of our facilities. We weigh these requests based on the limits established by our annual budget to ensure the financial health of the parish. 


Campaign Committee   Lead- Denny Schmude

The Capital Campaign Committee was formed to assist Father Ken in the building project at St. Francis for expansion and upgrade of the current facilities. Our committee focus is to raise funds to support the future vision of the St. Francis Parish. We coordinate fund raising efforts to facilitate the Capital Campaign goals.


Building Committee   Lead- Fr. Don

The Building Committee consists of twelve members.  We meet on ‘as needed’ basis to develop, review and make recommendations to the Finance Council pertaining to the design and construction process for the new Rectory and Parish Hall. The committee works under a general project scope, which is driven by multiple factors; Diocese permissions, budget limits and reasonable 'design for the future' aspects.


Pastoral Council    Lead- Jim Frick

The Pastoral Council is a 14 parishioner consultative body, giving its help to the pastor in fostering parish activity. The Pastoral Council's purpose is to enhance the process of:

  • pastoral planning

  • developing pastoral programs

  • improving pastoral services

  • evaluating the pastoral effectiveness of various programs and services

The recommendations of the Pastoral Council are provided to the pastor, who

presides over the Pastoral Council. The pastor is responsible for the final approval of Council recommendations.




St. Francis Leadership Team


Dear St. Francis Parishioners,                                                                                                            November 2017


After recent town hall meetings and documented parishioner feedback regarding Fr. Ken leaving the parish and the future of the capital campaign project, the leadership team is developing a comprehensive communication plan. The plan would update you on vital information to the now revitalized capital campaign and building project. We really appreciated the input received from the four questions and Town Hall Meetings. We understand your strong concern regarding the changes at St. Francis but the majority of replies supported the campaign/building project to move forward in its original scope. That will be our focus and drive moving forward.


Through your input the team is developing a communication process that will keep information current and accurate. Besides using bulletin and pulpit announcements the project will also be updated on the St. Francis website,  The team encourages the use of the parish website to provide a more comprehensive update that will include detailed information, photos and plan documents.


Who Are the Leadership and Capital Campaign Team Members?


Finance Council

Mike Coleman (Lead)             Scott Chouinard                     Steve Peacock

Pat Elshaw                              Evelyn Roeser                        Denise Stephens                                                        


Campaign Committee

Dennis Schmude (Lead)        Maggie Quinn

Alice Shirley                           Ray Pleva                              Paul Schmuckal                    

Desiree Worthington                                     

Building Committee

Fr. Don (Lead)                        Jim Burkholder                       Will Fagan

Gordon Gottfried                    Ray Pleva                                Maggie Quinn                        Jim Schmuckal

Dennis Stevanus                    

Pastoral Council

Angela Ingold                       Shari Detloff                           Greg Donahue                         Jim Frick (Lead)

Kim Gerberding                    Brent Manthei                         Dave Martin                             Ray  McKolay

Joe McMurry                         Melissa  Morgan                     Maggie Quinn                         Dave Soto

Mary Beth Stein                     Linda  Wheelock



St. Francis Leadership Team

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