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A Message From Capital Campaign Co-Chair Laurel Sweeney


A Message from Laurel Sweeney, Capital Campaign Co-Chair
Did you know that our parish began its ministry in the 19th century through a number of local churches? St Peter’s in Stone Ridge, now the Marbletown Community Center, was built in 1846 and All Saints in Rosendale, currently a library, was constructed in 1877. St John’s, High Falls, now the D&H Canal Society Museum, was built in 1899. These three small churches were brought together as Christ the King in Stone Ridge, a new structure that was dedicated in 1960.

During Father Robert Magliula’s tenure as rector of Christ the King several major renovations occurred. In 1993-94, thanks to a generous bequest from the Timmerman family, the following, along with many other improvements, was accomplished:

  1. The sanctuary was drywalled (yes it was originally gray cinder block!) and roof leaks repaired
  2. Windows were replaced throughout
  3. The kitchen was updated
  4. The  chapel was refurbished, including the installation of the stained glass
  5. The Columbarium was built

The Rt. Rev. Richard F. Grein, Bishop of New York, rededicated the church on May 7, 1995.

St. Peter’s in Stone Ridge, now the Marbletown Community Center.
All Saints in Rosendale, now the library.
St. John’s in High Falls, now the D&H Canal Society Museum.
The choir in the sanctuary with gray cinderblock walls, circa 1970.

In 2002, Christ the King embarked on a capital campaign. With the help of local contractors and parishioners we identified the following projects that were major areas of concern:

  1. Construct the Food Pantry building and Rectory garage
  2. Refurbish the church and Timmerman Hall (flooring/doors)
  3. Replace Rectory doors and windows
  4. Waterproof Rectory basement
  5. Retire emergency loan for heating system

We solicited the assistance of Holliman and Associates to help us run the campaign. After discernment and feasibility phases, we moved on to the actual campaign period. We were successful in raising $250,000, which at that time was a big stretch and a huge accomplishment for Christ the King. We had a very high percentage of parishioners who made pledges, as well as significant donations from outside our parish family for the Food Pantry building.

One of the best outcomes from that capital campaign was confirmation that we could maintain our annual pledge income and also meet the campaign goal. This affirmed for the parish, vestry and clergy that Christ the King was and is strong in its commitment to the parish, the physical buildings and our significant outreach.

I am confident that today’s parish family has these same strong commitments and we will be successful in the 2018 campaign. I look forward to working with each of you. As we said in 2002, we are “Building Community and Serving in Love.”

Laurel Sweeney
Capital Campaign Co-Chair


Click here to see the plans:  Case Statement

Capital Campaign Feasibility Study

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