The following is a letter sent out to the church on November 13th, 2019:
Dear Alpine Chapel Family,
It’s truly remarkable what God is doing in the Town of Telluride. The attendance of our Sunday services has grown so much at times we need two services. Off season doesn’t look like off season with so many locals showing up on Sunday mornings! We are especially excited about all the inroads we are making with the youth in our community. Our purchase of the new parsonage has opened up the door for this growth and we are excited about the future impact Alpine Chapel will make in the town of Telluride and beyond.
We are very pleased to share with you we have received the minimum amount of pledges/donations needed to move forward with the purchase of the parsonage which will serve as our senior pastor’s home, as well as space for church functions! God’s provision and the generous support of so many is truly amazing!
The membership voted their approval for the church to secure a mortgage of up to $400,000 for this purchase. Each additional donation we receive will reduce the amount of the mortgage. Therefore, if you have not pledged and wish to, please send your check to the above address. The word PARSONAGE must either be on the memo line of the check or the envelope addressed to ensure the funds are directed towards the property purchase.
Stewart SeeligsonChairman, Leadership Council
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Where Are The Pastors Living Now?
On September 2nd, Pastor Conor and Diana Craft moved into the apartment above the worship center at church. Pastor Michael, Kelli, and Merci have moved into a temporary home, that has been graciously provided by some of our church family, while a church parsonage is being sought and purchased.
Why Is Getting A Parsonage In The Area So Important?
It would be possible for our pastors to live further away from the church, as some have suggested, such as Montrose, Ridgeway. It would definitely be “cheaper”. However, we have felt that it is important that the Shepherd we’ve asked to lead our “flock” lives near us. We don’t want a weekend “preacher”, we want a full-time “pastor”. As most of us know, homes in the Telluride region are extremely expensive. Although Alpine Chapel is financially more healthy than ever and blessed to have no debt, it will not be possible for Alpine Chapel to go forward with the purchase of the new parsonage without significant pledges from members, supporters and friends of the church. This is why the “ask”.
Are Financial Gifts Tax-Deductible?
All donations to The Alpine Chapel are tax deductible, because we are a 501c3 organization.
What If The Plan Changes?
If you make a donation for the new parsonage and we do not go forward in a timely basis with an acquisition then your donation will be fully refunded.
What House Is The Church Looking At Purchasing?
189 Deer Park Lane – Telluride, Colorado (Ski Ranches).
Why This Home?
The house is beautiful, but not overly-extravagant. Price is a relative thing, and although some would consider this home expensive, truthfully, it is priced in the lower range among homes in the Telluride area (We were looking for something within 5-10 miles of the church). Much prayer, time, and research has gone into finding this particular home. We feel it is not only a wise investment, it is also something that the church will benefit from greatly. Our pastor LOVES it, but future pastors will also be blessed to live in this home. We feel much ministry can take place in this lovely home and we see it as an investment into the Kingdom of God.
If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us. You can email your questions or comments to: email@example.com