Sacred Places Winter 2019 - Page 10

development of relationships with community leaders and organizations, identified funding, and inspired donors.” To encourage ongoing learning and mutual support among congregations, one of Frederick’s goals is to create an alumni group of leaders who have participated in New Dollars in years past. He has other ambitions as well: “Sacred Places Indiana has new opportunities to encourage churches to use their space better, and help them nurture a culture of giving that can serve as a solid foundation for capital campaigns and community-wide fundraising.” Asset-mapping in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Brazil, Indiana Photo: Jeff Duell Alban’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis saw its community gardening program as an asset that could grow; the parish invested in the program to generate a multi-fold increase in produce that was given to families in need. Program growth, in turn, attracted neighbors to join the parish. Sondra Gentry, pastor of Bethel, sums up the program’s impact: “Sacred Places Indiana’s work has inspired conversations with strangers, the Marsh Davis is delighted that SPI is now an integral part of Landmarks’ work. He is eager to add new dimensions to the strong relationship between Landmarks and Partners, and find creative new ways to ensure that sacred places—and their community value—are appreciated and preserved for generations to come. SPI has also helped churches plan and carry out their repair projects, such as St. Athanasius in Indianapolis, which struggled to find a contractor to carry out the repair of its large stained glass window on the west facade. Thanks to SPI, the parish found a contractor that was able to take on the job. SPI’s grants have leveraged major projects, such as the creation of better kitchen facilities for food and hunger programs sponsored by Second Baptist Church in New Albany. Wabash Presbyterian Church is embarking on a major project to replace its roof and boiler, and has been supported in its work to plan a large, six-figure capital campaign. Bethel Community Church in Seymour was inspired to go out and knock on the doors of 1,000 households in town, attracting new volunteers as well as foundation grants to support their outreach programs. The Rev. Dr. 10 10 SACRED PLACES • WINTER 2019 Peace Garden at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Indianapolis Photo: Debbie Dehler