HONORING 280 YEARS OF OPC
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
- WHAT IS OPC 280?
With spring comes renewal, and if you take time while walking around the facilities at Opequon, you’ll readily see opportunities for renewal within our own building. The Administration Ministry is kicking off a spring/summer capital fundraising campaign during the month of April in honor of Opequon’s 280 years of fellowship and ministry. Opequon Presbyterian Church was officially organized in 1736, 280 years ago. But our facilities are aging and several major maintenance issues have surfaced which cannot be handled from the General Fund. Our goal is to make a targeted effort to remedy some of the nagging facility issues that challenge us, as well as, to improve upon our current infrastructure both aesthetically and practically. Thus we need to establish a special fund for maintenance, which we are calling “OPC 280” to celebrate our heritage and raise funds for the needed updates and maintenance.
2. WHAT MAINTENANCE/REPAIR ISSUES WILL IT COVER?
There are probably $280,000 of opportunities including the wet wall repairs and refurbishment in the Fellowship Hall and Assembly Room, the Sanctuary roof evaluation and repair, the skylight leak repair, the repair/replacement of the gutters and downspouts, the exterior wall repairs, interior painting, the Manse bathroom repairs, and many others. When something breaks (like the boiler or a leaking roof or the HVAC system) it has to be repaired and money taken from the Reserve Account. We used to have the Strickler Fund for maintenance, but this has been depleted.
The Building & Grounds Team has also noted the picnic shelter needs refurbishing (new fans to replace the rusty ones, and possibly restroom facilities), and enhanced hearing devices for the Sanctuary would be nice, as well as other technology upgrades for sermon streaming, additional TVs, web page enhancements, enhanced teaching aids for Christian Education, large dry-erase boards, murals in the classrooms to make them warmer and more inviting, a die cut machine to make letters and shapes for bulletin boards and displays, upgrades to the OPC kitchen appliances like the stove, and many other “nice to have” additions depending on how much is raised for OPC 280
3. HOW CAN MEMBERS AND FRIENDS HELP AND DONATE?
We are asking for each concerned Opequon member and friend to consider donating one time, something you can afford in multiples of $2,800, $280, or even $28 to honor our 280 years of historical significance in this community.
Give to OPC 280 Fund or General Fund Online
OPC 280 Updates
Work began on May 22, 2017 with the Water Mitigation construction project that has plagued Opequon Church and our Fellowship Hall for many years. Through the Lupton Funds bequest, Buildings and Grounds have been able to begin their overhaul of this project with a completion date by mid-June.