Capital Campaign 2016

Build Our Future - Reveal God's Glory

Our current church was constructed in 1974, and has had very few repairs or maintenance in over 40 years. As you can imagine, several projects have now surfaced that are begging for attention before even more serious and costly damage is incurred. We are now in the same position as the parishioners in the 1970s, facing big decisions and funding needs that will impact the future of St. George.

Our estimated goal is to raise $500,000 to accomplish many projects and update facilities and prepare them for the future. Projects in the capital campaign include: a new roof for the church, cleaning and sealing of the brick on the church, asbestos removal in the floor at school, interior renovation of the church and energy efficiency and renewable solar power installation. These combined projects will accomplish so much for our campus, and set the stage for future energy needs to be much more efficient and cost effective.

We are hopeful that funds will be raised in order to begin projects very soon. For more information or for details on how you can pledge your support, please contact the rectory at (573) 897-2293 or email To give to this worthy cause, please complete the donor form.

5 Projects to Improve St. George

  • New Roof for the Church: The current roof is about 23 years old, and has some leaks in the vestibule and in the hallway behind the sanctuary. After some research, we have decided to replace the roof section above the vestibule. Then, we will apply a 100% solvent free, seamless silicone coating to the entire roof. The silicone comes with a 50-year limited warranty, and the roofer gives a 20-year warranty on his labor and materials.
  • Cost: $72,000
  • Estimated Cost savings: $200,000
  • Benefits: extending the current 25-year roof by an additional 50 years

  • Cleaning and Sealing of the Brick on the Church: We think some of the leaks are occurring because the bricks need some minor tuck pointing and need to be cleaned and sealed.
  • Cost: $15,000
  • Estimated Cost savings: avoid moisture seeping in the walls to damage the roof from below
  • Benefits: bricks will last longer and moisture will not seep inside

  • Asbestos Removal in the School: Every year, St. George pays over $5,000 to lay a thick coat of wax on floor tiles to protect our students from asbestos. We intend to remove the asbestos tiles and replace the floor with an epoxy flooring that can simply be swept and mopped. This affects two floors in the old school building.
  • Cost: $28,000
  • Estimated Cost savings: 5.5-year payback by no longer waxing the floors every summer
  • Benefits: Safer environment for our students and teachers!!

  • Interior Renovation of the Church: The church was built in 1974 and has had only minor updates since then. It is not aesthetically pleasing for worship, certainly in comparison with most Catholic churches in Osage County. The parish has always made the school a top priority. In this year of our 150th anniversary, we think it’s time to focus attention on making the church a more beautiful space for Catholic Sacraments and Prayer.
  • Cost: $325,000
  • Estimated Cost savings: Reduced energy costs
  • Benefits: Better lighting/visibility, better acoustics, richer use of color and symbols, warmer and more worshipful space

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Solar: The St. George campus includes the rectory, the church, Notre Dame, the school, and the gymnasium. Our annual electrical bill is well over $30,000. Solar panels come with a 25-year production warranty of 80% and promise a complete pay back from cost savings in 5-7 years. Our flat or nearly flat roofs make us ideal candidates for the solar panels.
  • Cost: $100,000
  • Estimated Cost savings: est. savings of ~ $15,000/year with a 6-7 year payback.
  • Benefits: huge cost savings over 25-30 years; renewable, clean energy; practicing the teaching of Pope Francis in his Encyclical, “Laudato Sii” (Care for our Common Home)

Church Renovation Committee

Valora Budnik
(573) 619-5021
Kevin Cox
(573) 690-2850
Veronica Hoffman
(573) 897-2591
John Olivares
(636) 221-4455
Judy Robinson
(573) 619-5006
Monica Schmitz
(573) 690-1924
Fr. Dan Merz
(573) 897-2293

Companies we are working with:


Dale Schulte with Pro-Tec Maintenance, LLC (Jefferson City)

Silicone Manufacturer: Gaco Western

Cleaning & Sealing:

T & J's Restoration & Waterproofing
(Jefferson City)


Warren Prost with Asbestos Removal Services, Inc.
(Jefferson City)

Church Renovation:

Max Autenrieb with Church Interior Decorating, Inc. (Edwardsville, IL)

Please view the gallery of churches beautified by Church Interior Decorating, Inc.

Solar Panels:


Anticipated Timeline

October/November 2017

  • new ceiling tiles (2’ x 2’ with a design stamped on them)
  • replace the can lights with a hanging fixture, and use LED bulbs
  • sanctuary track lighting will be redone
  • new flooring using a luxury vinyl tile
  • new pew cushions
  • the Baptismal font will be placed at the central doors, and the pews near the doors will be cut back, creating a circular space large enough for the font
  • in two places, the pews will be cut back to provide handicap seating
  • the vestibule and the chapel will get new ceiling tiles, lighting and have the walls covered with dry wall and painted
  • new exterior doors; the main doors will be walnut with a white oak cross. On the arm of the cross, there will be one scripture quote coming in: House of God – Gate of Heaven (Gen. 28:17), and as you leave the church, it will say: Go into all the world and tell the good news (Mark 16:15); one of these doors will be equipped with a handicap button for automatic opening; the two side doors will be reduced from double doors to a single door with sidelights, and these will be mahogany wood; a large awning will be installed over the side doors for protection from the elements
  • two person elevator from the church to the hall below, probably placed between chapel and church on the right side of the glass

January - April 2018

  • the Autenrieb Company will repair and paint all paintable surfaces in the main body of the church
  • pews will be cleaned and reconditioned
  • dry wall, painting and statues (Mary, Joseph, Ann, George) will be installed in the sanctuary
  • the brick that remains will be stained a lighter color
  • there will be a larger crucifix to better fit the dimensions of the church
  • new sanctuary furnishings: altar, ambo, tabernacle stand, two small altars for Mary and Joseph, and the cross for the crucifix; the altar, ambo and tabernacle stand will be topped with black granite
  • the center ceiling will be painted a light, wispy blue, and the ceiling directly over the altar will be painted a darker blue with silver stars, creating a canopy effect
  • two murals from the old St. George church (the Resurrection and the Annunciation), will be installed on the wall behind the choir and on the wall opposite the choir
  • the stations of the cross will be moved further back in the church and lowered to be at eye level; a frame will be painted on the wall for each to give them greater prominence around the stained glass windows, there will be painted eight great angels, each holding a shield with an image on it; the images will be the four Gospels on one side (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the four major prophets from the OT on the other side (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel)
  • on the back wall, there will be three grand murals painted; over the central doors will be Christ in glory surrounded by a number of saints, including the Blessed Virgin, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul, St. George and others; St. George will be presenting an image of our present church to Christ
  • to the left will be St. Michael the Archangel overcoming Satan, much as St. George overcame the dragon
  • to the right will be a Guardian Angel protecting two persons

Please consider a donation and help us to build our future and reveal God’s glory!

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Renovation Plans

Renovation Plans

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