Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

Vision 2020 Appeal

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October 2019 Update

Celebrating Year 1 of our Vision 2020 Initiative

Thanks be to God for the many blessings we have received in the 1st year. Through the generosity of the CVLC congregation much has been accomplished.

 Property Enhancements

A new roof and soffit were installed on the oldest roof area preventing further leaks.

Work was completed on the sewer system connected to the 2 main bathrooms. (More work needs to be done to remodel bathrooms).

The parking lot was resealed and lined to protect the investment we made a few years ago to resurface the lot.

 

Repositioning for Growth 

Equipping Ministry Coordinator

The Vision 2020 Leadership Team submitted a grant request to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Mission Board. We recently received notice that we have been awarded $8000 to support the implementation of the Equipping Ministry at CVLC.

The council is very close to announcing the new coordinator. More to come on this exciting new position.

Youth Ministry Director

The Youth Ministry Director directs and leads youth programming for Middle and High School age youth.  He/She will seek to foster the Christian community through building relationships with young people that strengthen their commitment to the church and grow in their faith. Interviews are taking place and an outcome should be announced soon.

Nursery Coordinator and Sunday School Coordinator

These 2 positions are considered vital to lead church growth by providing a welcoming environment and strong Christian education program to young families. The positions were initially approved at the end of our last Mission Appeal. Vision 2020 was asked to continue to support the positions for 2019.

 

Local/Global Outreach (10% of Vision 2020 Gifts)

Vision 2020 provided $2850 to Ms. Frida’s program to Empower Tanzanian Girls Through the Arts. Our gift enabled Ms. Frida to be able to rent a larger space and purchase sewing machines and materials. This program allows young women to learn a skill that will help support their future. Shabira Bocko will be keeping us informed on the success of this program.

Bill Reidinger, Chair Local/Global Outreach, recently met with Sarah Harte and Charles Warner from Faith Community Homes (FCH) to present a check for $3000 to support their work. Faith Community Homes is a charitable, nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that provides rent assistance and mentoring to working, low-income families who want to achieve financial stability.  Working in pairs, volunteer mentors assist their family in making and following a realistic budget and developing reachable goals. Most of all, mentors form a relationship with their family over 2 years and provide support and guidance as they get back on their feet. Our gift will provide 6 months of rent subsidy to a family. One of the families currently being assisted by FCH is a single mom with two children from Elk Grove Village. With the guidance of FCH mentors and financial gifts like ours, this family is now learning how to manage budget and resources.  

 

Vision 2020 provided $3000 to the CVLC Youth Mission Trip. The youth and chaperones went to Wilmington North Carolina to work with disaster relief teams. 

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Vision 2020 was created as a means to fund needed property enhancements and growth opportunities that cannot be supported by the current budget. In addition, 10% of gifts are allocated for Local/Global Outreach.

Thank you for your generosity towards the Vision 2020 Initiative in its first year. The Church Council and the Property Committee are currently prioritizing needs for year 2. More information will be shared soon.

If you made a commitment to Vision 2020, we are counting on your continued support as we focus on Year 2 goals. If you did not make a commitment, it is not too late to make a weekly, monthly, or annual commitment. Individual gifts are also welcome at any time by using the blue envelopes located in the pew pockets.

*Please consider your Vision 2020 gifts as an addition to your regular weekly gifts that support operations and ministries. Submitted by Gloria Reidinger


Vision 2020 Update - August 2019

Property Enhancements

Have you noticed the newly resealed and relined parking lot? The lot was resurfaced a few years ago as part of the previous mission appeal. Over time, wear and weather caused deterioration that needed to be addressed. Vision 2020 gifts ($10,250) were utilized to give the lot new life.

The two main bathrooms need remodeling. You may have noticed that the women’s bathroom is missing some floor tile as a result of an emergency sewer repair. Bathroom remodeling was one of the property projects identified for Vision 2020 funding. The remodeling initiative was a carryover from our previous Mission Appeal. Tom and his team will be moving forward with a plan and bids. Stay tuned for news on this project. This project has been moved to Fall due to limits of Vision 2020 funds.

Repositioning for Growth 

Exciting News!

The Vision 2020 Leadership Team submitted a grant request to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Mission Board. We recently received notice that we have been awarded $8000 to support the implementation of the Equipping Ministry at CVLC.

Positions:

Equipping Ministry Coordinator

The Council recently approved the introduction of an Equipping Ministry at Christus Victor. You might look at this as coordination of volunteers for our many programs. However, it is much more than that. The goal of the Equipping Ministry is to provide our youth and adults with the ability to identify their spiritual gifts and interests and then match those gifts with volunteer and service opportunities in the church and community. The Job Description can be found on the Welcome Desk and on our website: https://cvlutheran.org/employment For more information, please contact Stefany Courier or Pastor Stefan.

Youth Ministry Director

The Youth Ministry Director directs and leads youth programming for Middle and High School age youth.  He/She will seek to foster the Christian community through building relationships with young people that strengthen their commitment to the church and grow in their faith. For more information, please contact: Stefany Courier or Pastor Linda.
Local/Global Outreach

The Local/Global Outreach team recommended giving $3000 to the CVLC Youth Mission Trip. This gift was approved by the Church Council and transferred to the Youth account in June.

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Vision 2020 was created as a means to fund needed property enhancements and growth opportunities that can not be supported by the current budget. In addition, 10% of gifts are allocated for Local/Global Outreach.

Thank you for your generosity towards the Vision 2020 Mission Plan. If you made a commitment, we are counting on your continued support as we focus on Phase 2 goals. If you did not make a commitment, it is not too late to make a weekly, monthly, or annual commitment. Individual gifts are also welcome at any time by using the blue envelopes located in the pew pockets. *Please consider your Vision 2020 gifts as an addition to your regular weekly gifts that support operations and ministries. Submitted by Gloria Reidinger


Vision 2020 June 2019 Update

Property Enhancements

You may have noticed these past few weeks that the main bathrooms were unavailable. There was a need for emergency sewer repair. Thank you to Tom Wekony and the Property Committee for overseeing the repair. Bathroom remodeling is one of the property projects identified for Vision 2020 funding. The remodeling initiative was a carryover from our previous Mission Appeal. Tom and his team will be moving forward with a plan and bids. Stay tuned for news on this project.

Re-positioning for Growth

Position: Equipping Ministry Coordinator

The Council recently approved the introduction of an Equipping Ministry at Christus Victor. You might look at this as coordination of volunteers for our many programs. However, it is much more than that. The goal of the Equipping Ministry is to provide our youth and adults with the ability to identify their spiritual gifts and interests and then match those gifts with volunteer and service opportunities in the church and community. The Job Description can be found on the Welcome Desk and on our website: https://cvlutheran.org/employment For more information, please contact Stefany Currier or Pastor Stefan.

Local/Global Outreach

Bill Reidinger, Chair Local/Global Outreach, recently met with Sarah Harte and Charles Warner from Faith Community Homes (FCH) to present a check for $3000 to support their work. Faith Community Homes is a charitable, nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that provides rent assistance and mentoring to working, low-income families who want to achieve financial stability.  Working in pairs, volunteer mentors assist their family in making and following a realistic budget and developing reachable goals. Most of all, mentors form a relationship with their family over 2 years and provide support and guidance as they get back on their feet. Our gift will provide 6 months of rent subsidy to a family. One of the families currently being assisted by FCH is a single mom with two children from Elk Grove Village. With the guidance of FCH mentors and financial gifts like ours, this family is now learning how to manage budget and resources.  

Thank you for your generosity towards the Vision 2020 Mission Plan. If you made a commitment, we are counting on your continued support as we focus on Phase 2 goals. If you did not make a commitment, it is not too late to make a weekly, monthly, or annual commitment. Individual gifts are also welcome at any time by using the blue envelopes located in the pew pockets.
*Please consider your Vision 2020 gifts as an addition to your regular weekly gifts that support operations and ministries. Submitted by Gloria Reidinger

Sarah Harte (l) & Charles Warner (r) from Faith Community Homes present Bill Reidinger, Chair Local/Global Outreach (c)

Sarah Harte (l) & Charles Warner (r) from Faith Community Homes present Bill Reidinger, Chair Local/Global Outreach (c)


Vision 2020 April 2019 Update

The new permanent ramp has been purchased and installed. Thank you to Tom Wekony and the Property Committee for coordinating this project. Now we have wheel chair and walker access from the lower level of the church to the Fellowship Hall. $2650 from Vision 2020 supported this project.

Global Mission (10% of Vision 2020 gifts)

Vision 2020 provided $2850 to Ms. Frida’s program to Empower Tanzanian Girls Through the Arts. Our gift enabled Ms. Frida to be able to rent a larger space and purchase sewing machines and materials. This program allows young women to learn a skill that will help support their future. Shabira Bocko will be keeping us informed on the success of this program.

Bill Reidinger and the Mission Team have sent a recommendation to the council regarding a local organization that would benefit from our support. Stay tuned for more about this potential outreach opportunity.

Coming Soon

The Council recently approved the introduction of an Equipping Ministry at Christus Victor. You might look at this as coordination of volunteers for our many programs. However, it is much more than that. The goal of the Equipping Ministry is to provide our youth and adults with the ability to identify their spiritual gifts and interests and then match those gifts with volunteer and service opportunities in the church and community. The Job Description can be found on the Welcome Desk and on our website. For more information, please contact Stefany Courier or Pastor Stefan Potuznik.

 Thank you for your generosity towards the Vision 2020 Mission Plan. If you made a commitment we are counting on your continued support as we focus on Phase 2 goals. If you did not make a commitment, it is not too late to make a weekly, monthly, or annual commitment. Individual gifts are also welcome at any time by using the blue envelopes located in the pew pockets.

*Please consider your Vision 2020 gifts as an addition to your regular weekly gifts that support operations and ministries. Submitted by Gloria Reidinger

Ms. Frida’s Empower Tanzanian Girls Through the Arts

Ms. Frida’s Empower Tanzanian Girls Through the Arts


VISIONS 2020 UPDATE: February 2019

Vision 2020 got off to a great start. We, the Congregation of Christus Victor, are almost halfway to our initial goal of $500,000 over 3 years. At the end of 2018, we have 3 year commitments of $232,000. During that same time we surpassed our First Phase goal of $80,000 to cover the replacement of a portion of the roof and new fascia. In addition, we honored our promise to set aside 10% of gifts to support local and global mission. As of December 31, 2018, we have received $95,662. A breakdown of expenses and balances are provided below.

Vision 2020 Initiatives

$3,185 Initial Appeal Expenses (a savings of over $25,000 by utilizing CVLC members to plan and initiate)

$76,744 Roof and fascia

Balance $6,656

 Local/Global Mission

Elk Grove Cares Program- This project has not required monetary support. We provided an education forum with Mayor Johnson. We have also placed a Narcan kit in Hebrews Café to be used in the event of a suspected overdose.

$2,850 Tanzania Project (Ms. Frida’s Girls)

Balance $6, 227

 Mortgage Elimination (Designated gifts)

$1,888 was received designated for mortgage elimination

 VISION 2020 PHASE 2

The focus of Phase 2 is Restructuring for Growth. The Executive Council and Council members are working on a plan that will prepare Christus Victor to successfully move into the future. More details will be shared in the coming weeks.

 Phase 2 of Vision 2020 will also include finalizing a plan for permanent accessibility for wheelchairs and walkers to the upper level. The property committee is seeking the best and most financially responsible way to meet this goal.

 Thank you for your generosity towards the Vision 2020 Mission Plan. If you made a commitment we are counting on your continued support as we focus on Phase 2 goals. If you did not make a commitment, it is not too late to make a weekly, monthly, or annual commitment. Individual gifts are also welcome at any time by using the blue envelopes located in the pew pockets.

*Please consider your Vision 2020 gifts as an addition to your regular weekly gifts that support operations and ministries.


VISION 2020 UPDATE: 10-01-2018

We are off to an outstanding start with the Vision 2020 Mission Appeal.  Three-year commitments to date total over $200,000, and at the time of publication, we were very close to meeting our First Phase $90,000 goal.

Our Progress as of September 21, 2018

Our Progress as of September 21, 2018

Thank you very much to all who have submitted Commitment cards to make the First Phase such a wonderful success!  Making a commitment provides you with a guide to faithful sharing of your treasures but also gives the church council a perspective on anticipated gifts as they prioritize and initiate Vision 2020 Mission Appeal projects.

The Vision 2020 Mission Appeal will be identified by Phases and will continue for three years through 2021 until the $500,000 commitments goal is achieved.  First Phase gifts will allow for replacement of the oldest section of roof that is critically damaged and replace the wheelchair lift in the Fellowship Hall area. Additionally, 10% of funds will be allocated to global/local mission outside of Christus Victor.

The Second Phase will begin in early 2019.  The Second Phase will focus on Repositioning for Growth. Funds will support an effective music ministry transition and provide seed money for two new positions, Operations Manager and Equipping Ministry Coordinator.

If you have not had a chance to make a commitment, Commitment cards are still available in the pew pockets or one can be mailed to you upon request. Blue envelopes are the official envelope of the Vision 2020 Mission Appeal.  Envelopes can also be found in the pew pockets.  If you would like to make a weekly or monthly contribution, we have prepared packets of envelopes that can be found at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.

Vision 2020 Mission Appeal gifts can be made easily through direct deposit, e-giving, or mailed checks but must be identified as Vision 2020 to ensure appropriate designation.

The Vision 2020 Mission Appeal Leadership Team is committed to keeping the Congregation informed of ongoing progress of the mission appeal and each new initiative. Watch for monthly updates in the Communicator and on the CVLC Facebook page as well as here on our website.