A little more than six weeks into the all-member phase of its capital-projects campaign, First Community Church is well on its way to realizing its fundraising goal.

A little more than six weeks into the all-member phase of its capital-projects campaign, First Community Church is well on its way to realizing its fundraising goal.

The initial leadership phase of the Realize Capital Campaign raised nearly $9 million of the $15 million cost of the project to make improvements to the church's north and south campuses -- located in the Hillard area and Marble Cliff, respectively -- and Camp Akita in Logan.

"We've raised approximately 60 percent of our goal and (by mid-April) we anticipate we will have raised another $1 million in the public (all-member) phase," said Paul Anderson, chairman of the capital projects committee.

The goal is to have the capital campaign wrapped up by the end of the summer, Anderson said.

Three anonymous donors have pledged to provide up to $1.5 million in dollar-to-dollar matches of donations during the all-member phase of the campaign, said Bruce Pontious, a First Community member and fundraising counsel for the capital campaign.

"It's a good motivation for our members to participate in the campaign," he said.

The planned improvements include construction of a new sanctuary for the north campus at 3777 Dublin Road.

"We've been looking at building a sacred space at our north campus for over a decade," Anderson said. "Our worshipping there takes place in a room designed as multipurpose space."

"You can dress it up, but it's still a multipurpose room," Pontious said. "It doesn't feel like a sacred space."

The need for a dedicated place for worship at the north campus consistently has ranked as First Community's top need in surveys of church members, Anderson said.

The improvements for the south campus on Cambridge Boulevard in Marble Cliff will create an accessible entrance and welcome center on the south end of the building near the parking lot. The entrance will include an indoor ramp and an elevator that will access all levels of the building except for the basement.

"We've had a real challenge with accessibility as well as having a clear welcoming entrance," Anderson said. "If you look at Cambridge Boulevard, we have three or four entrances you can use and if you have a disability, you have to use an alley and go by a dumpster to get into the building."

A project to replace the original septic system at Camp Akita is complete, he said.

A cabin at the Hocking County camp will be converted into a welcome center and a new structure will be built to replace it as a cabin, Anderson said.

Construction on the south campus project is expected to begin in the summer and could be completed by the end of the year, weather permitting, he said.

Some design work remains for the sanctuary project, but the goal is to have the new sacred space in use by fall 2018, Anderson said.

The projects at the two campuses and Akita are part of First Community's 20/20 Vision master plan that sets a path forward to ensure the church will continue to meet its program and mission needs far beyond the year 2020, Anderson said.