Capital Campaign 3: Forward

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine..." ~ Eph 3:20

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The first ten years as Carlisle UMC were filled with God-moments. We moved FORWARD to become a new church and together built a new church building. God has done more than we could have ever dreamed or imagined!

In 2017 we embarked on our first capital campaign and approved a budget and design for our new church building. 

In 2020 we opened the building, with our first worship inside after covid, under budget at $15M. Today with extravagant giving and huge blessings we have $2.7M remaining in loan principal.

Hear from our past and current Capital Campaign Chairs about CUMC's history, capital campaigns 1 & 2, and how God has moved in powerful ways through the people at CUMC. Video (5:30)


In the next 10 years and beyond there are many lives that will be touched as we help more people experience a life-giving journey with Jesus IN community and FOR our community. We can do this best when we fully pay off our debt.


We invite you to dream about all that God can do and pray about the part you can play as we give to reduce our building debt. We know and believe that God can do more than we could ever dream or imagine.


"Lord, what do you want to do through me?" has been our prayer for 6 years and when we listen to God's voice amazing things have happened. Join us in this prayer daily during the campaign.

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September 10, 5-7pm at CUMC - CUMC Fall Cookout
It was a great night of hot dogs, roasting s'mores in the drizzle, and guessing church trivia. Check out this 1-minute recap of our Fall Cookout. Video (1:00)

September 24, during worship - Launch Sunday
We look back to see God's faithfulness to CUMC and look forward to imagine how we can help more people experience a life-giving journey with Jesus.
8:00am worship service
9:45am worship service

October 1, 5-7pm - Prayer Event
Prayer stations around the church focused on our 10-year vision plan. Join us for 30 minutes or the entire time. Begins in the Gathering.

October 20, 6:30pm - Leadership Commitment Event

October 22, during worship - Commitment Sunday
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Online commitment card

October 29, during worship - First Gifts Sunday
Following the tradition of the Israelites, we bring our first gifts towards the campaign as an offering and with thankful hearts for all God has done at CUMC and through us.

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This is a defining moment in the history of the church. In order for Carlisle UMC to plan and move forward, giving estimates are necessary. This is a statement of intent and may be increased or decreased at any time. All gifts are kept confidential. Thank you!
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Ways to give beyond cash.


Why does CUMC have this debt?
CUMC was formed in 2013 from the God inspired unification of three United Methodist congregations. In 2015 CUMC voted to sell our original church properties and acquire 25 acres to build a new church. Our land was purchased in 2016, with design and permitting of our new facility continuing into 2018. A $14.8M project budget funded by three consecutive capital campaigns was approved, a construction loan obtained, and after two years of construction we moved into our new home in Fall 2020. In Fall 2023 we move FORWARD with our third capital campaign.

How much was spent?
We spent $15M to create CUMC's new church facility. Our 25 acre portion of the former Smith Farm was purchased for $1.1M. Our design/permitting/construction/furnishing expenses totaled $13.9M versus a $14.8M budget. To God be the glory that this project was completed significantly under budget!

What is the remaining loan balance at the end of our 2nd Capital Campaign?
Our remaining loan balance is $2.6M as of Fall 2023. In just 7 short years we have already paid of $12.4M of this $15M project due to the generosity of this congregation in our first two capital campaigns coupled with the sale of our original churches and an amazing $2M estate bequest.

Is it realistic to think we can finish paying for our new church and campus in this 3rd campaign?
Yes! That is our goal because we serve a big God with whom anything is possible! 83% of what we spent has already been paid off in only 7 years. 17% in 3 years seems well within reach.

What is the length of the upcoming 3rd Capital Campaign?
The Forward Capital Campaign will run for three years: October 2023-October 2026.

How do I determine how much to give?
Through this Forward Campaign we will embark upon a spiritual journey that will challenge each of us to focus upon all that God has given us both individually and collectively as CUMC. We will look Forward and imagine all God can do when our remaining debt is retired. What you choose to return to God is between you and God.

What impact will the events in the broader United Methodist Church have for CUMC?
CUMC made the commitment to remain a United Methodist Church in 2022. We believe Living Like Jesus means loving and accepting ALL persons. ALL means ALL with NO exceptions! We can best live out our mission as CUMC as part of the larger United Methodist connection.

Can I give in ways other than cash?
Yes! We are prepared to receive gifts of stock, IRA distributions and other appreciated assets. Contact the Church Office at 717.249.1512 or  regarding transfer instructions after consulting your financial advisor.

What else can we do with our campus after the debt is paid off?
We can turn our full intentions to helping more people experience a life-giving journey with Jesus, in community and for our community. We can help more kids and families follow and Live Like Jesus as we invest in their lives. We can serve our community with greater impact in ministries focused on kids, hunger, and homelessness. We can better help our community partners with funding and sharing of our facility. We can expand our partnerships with local school districts where hunger and homeless issues for kids are far more extensive than you might think. We can grow our Haiti partnership and fund more recovery projects resulting from natural disasters. We can look to the brand new mission field of 374 housing units being built right next door to spread the love of Jesus, and broaden our outreach to our existing neighbors. In short, we can fund more mission and ministry instead of funding our debt! 

imagine all that god can do!