Capital Campaign 2016-2019

Withington House Upgrades

Thanks be to God!  The City Planning Commission has completely approved our plans for the tear-down and replacement of the back porches on Withington House, even to the use of more contemporary materials, and has approved our plan for the replacement shutters.  We are indebted to Richard Rank, Bill Boudway, Bill Haizlip, Ruth Dainty and Bob the Builder for their background work and planning.  Let the teardown begin!

Several United Way “Day of Caring” volunteers came to St. John’s last week
to help with the cleanup of Withington House . . . 

(Thanks for the fridge, Brad and Shari Peck!)
Getting the office windows clean – and check out the new radiators!
The parlor as it is currently set up – fresh paint, wallpaper, and floors!

“The Golden Hallway” because the wallpaper is truly visually stunning! The photo really doesn’t do it justice!

Stained Glass Window Repair

Windows Grant Write-up

The scaffolding is up.  We’re all ready to go.

Olivier on the left and Tony on the right – ready to work and transform SJEC!

Olivier working on the south front window which was in need of much repair to flatten it out and solidify it for the future. A job well done! — at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Canandaigua, NY.


The Rose Window on the left, restored and with the frame braces in place. Above you see the actual frames

and the center panel with the “big blue dot” – protective film on the new plexiglass.





The stained glass window project is now complete, with the exception of “Window #21” which will be replaced early next Spring. We are so grateful to Olivier Fournier and Antonio Belmonte for their professionalism and their incredible work ethic – we have saved the treasures of art and theology that surround us for many, many more years! And thank you to all of you for your generosity that made this task possible.


Below, the finishing touches to Window #21 to be installed in July 2018.

Window #21 is in place and it’s more beautiful than we could ever have imagined!!




New Windows in the Education Wing

Handicap Bathroom Installation

New Organ Console

Organ Pipe Restoration

The pipes are packed and gone off to Parson’s for cleaning & restoration. Sept. 7, 2017

Work in progress in the organ loft.


It’s happening!! The re-plastering and painting are done in the organ loft, and the pipes have begun their triumphal return – some being refurbished and oh so many, completely new! The gentlemen of Parsons are working diligently every day on putting the organ pipes back in place for our December 3rd celebration, blessing, and dedication. It is fun to watch and to talk with them . . . and no work crew has ever been more polite, congenial, or considerate.

Below – the return of the pipes, laid out on the (padded) pews, with one of the large refurbished ones showing its age with the inscription, “Organ 10 St. John’s Episcopal Church Canandaigua, NY c/o Rev. HL. Gaylord” The same inscription was found on the back inside panel of the old organ at its dismantling last year. Rev. Gaylord was at SJEC over 100 years ago.

(Below, two shots of the organ loft in various states of reassembly. To the left, the upper loft with the newest pipes, and to the right, the former solid wooden panels, now with a honeycomb grill pattern that will have material covering the backs for better sound and ventilation . . . and aesthetics.)


In other Campaign news, now that we have completed (or nearly so) our classroom and dining area windows, our accessible restroom, our stained glass windows, and our organ and pipes, it’s time to move on to some of the restoration work at Withington House. The Vestry will be discussing moving forward at this Sunday’s meeting. Now, in order to keep the momentum of the projects going, we need you to do a “Campaign Pledge Checkup.” If you pledged, have you begun sending in your gift? Do you have a plan to complete your pledge? Do you need a gentle reminder from Melva about what you did pledge and what you may have paid so far? If so, let us know and we’ll gladly assist you, personally and privately, toward your goal. We appreciate each and every pledge and the energy with which this campaign moved, and we thank everyone who has participated. We’re moving into the final phase, which is pretty exciting in and of itself.

(Below, the back porches of Withington House, which are in serious need of repair and some replacement – priorities after the electric and plumbing are completely upgraded.


Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign

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On Thursday evening, January 28, at 7 p.m., Linda Buskirk, our consultant from the Episcopal Church Foundation, made a presentation to the Vestry, the Discernment Committee, and anyone else who was interested, regarding the results of our recent parish survey.

Here is the result of the survey

Cover Letter for the Capital Campaign

Dear Member of St. John’s:
As Capital Campaign Chair of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Canandaigua, I am writing to request a few minutes of your valuable time. You are receiving this survey as a member of our congregation. Your e-mail will not be shared or used except for the purpose of this Feasibility Study questionnaire. St. John’s Episcopal Church is currently conducting a formal Feasibility Study to ascertain the willingness of church members to support a capital campaign. The views and comments of members of our church family about the proposed projects are important and will be considered. We are relying on you to help determine whether this proposed project would be a success. On the next page you will be able to view the tentative plans that have been prepared after months of work and the input of many. After reading the case statement, will you please donate just 15 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire that follows? All replies are sent confidentially to the ECF Study Director. It is important that your response is returned by December 22nd. You should receive only one questionnaire per household. If you should receive more than one either by postal mail or e-mail, please reply only once. If you should have questions, please call me, Suzanne Blatchford, at (585) 394-4041. All of the information found in the case statement, along with additional materials, can be found on the church website at . Thank you for participating in this important study. Your assistance is appreciated.
Faithfully, Suzi

Capital Campaign Case Statement