What's The Story?
Twenty years ago Steve and Carole Treichler, along with six other families, planted Hope Community Church as a place where the obstacles and objections that many people have to Christianity (with all of its cultural baggage) could be torn down and removed. As the prophet Isaiah says:
14 “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” 15 For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
The worship team at Hope has always tried to embrace that Isaiah 57 vision in the way that they choose and arrange songs for weekly worship gatherings. Remove obstacles. Make much of God's holiness. Display God's tenderness toward those who are broken.
One of the vehicles for this vision that has come to define the community at Hope is the ancient hymnody. In the pages of dusty old hymnals we have found lyrics that are theologically profound, poetically and aesthetically appealing, and also feel very appropriate to this generation. We have done our best to craft arrangements of these songs that are unique and timely. Our hope is that these songs demonstrate a connectedness with both ancient history and modern culture and that the minds and spirits of listeners would be challenged and refreshed.
The response to our Kickstarter campaigns for Volume I and Volume II were overwhelming. Between those two albums you helped us raise nearly $35,000. We've received messages from people all over the country and across the globe letting us know that they are incorporating Hope Hymns into their weekly worship gatherings. This is one of the primary reasons why we wanted to continue recording albums of retuned hymns--so that the body of Christ might continue to be strengthened and encouraged by beautiful, vintage texts set to fresh, modern arrangements. We are thrilled and humbled that God is using our efforts for His glory and for the edification of Christians everywhere.
What is the timeline for funding and finishing this project?
We have exactly 30 days to raise all of the funds for the project. We will be doing the recording in mid-August, and then work out the production elements (mixing, mastering, CD duplication, etc.) September. Our goal is to send out codes for the digital downloads to our backers some time in October. If everything goes according to plan, we will have the physical copies of the CD ready for distribution at the CD release party/night of worship/art show at Hope on November 11th.
Why does this cost so much?
Believe it or not, doing an album at a professional studio for under $20,000 is actually pretty good. Many artists that you hear on the radio pay close to 10 times that amount for their albums. Is it possible to make an album for less? Of course. But in the recording industry, as in so many other industries, we have found that you get what you pay for. We have every confidence that our targeted amount will allow us to record an album that is of excellent quality.
What if you don't raise all of the money?
We're so glad you asked. If we don't raise all the money in in the allotted time, we don't raise any money. What we mean is this: If we don't raise our targeted amount, no one's credit card will be charged, no money will be transferred into our account, and we will not make this album. Ooh--one other consequence of not raising the money: we will all be very, very sad.
What if you raise more money than your targeted amount?
First we want to say this: our financial goal is, and has always been to break even. If we raise more than the targeted amount on Kickstarter, the money will be used to fund some of the aspects of the project that we have not included in the total Kickstarter amount--things like: postage and shipping costs. If we are fortunate enough to raise more money than we need for ALL of the ancillary costs of this project, we will set the funds aside for future album projects.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
We realize that not everyone will be interested in this. But, it is definitely possible for a portion of your contribution to be tax deductible. Hope CC will need to provide you a receipt for your donation minus the total value of the incentive(s) you've chosen. If you would like to get receipt from Hope CC for your donation, you must email: tim[at]hopecc[dot]com and let him know your name, your donation amount, and the correlating incentives that you will be receiving. The tax deductible portion will be equal to the amount you donated, minus the value of the incentives that you are going to receive.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge that I see for this project is that we only have seven days in the studio. Given that limitation, there is a real risk that we won't have time to record all 11 tracks.
We are going to do everything that we can to prepare ourselves ahead of time so that we make excellent use of the time that we have at Pachyderm.
Another challenge is that our timeline in general is somewhat tighter than it has been in the past. We are still confident that we'll be able to get everything finished and in order in a timely fashion. But we would appreciate your prayers in this regard.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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