Overview and History
A loving community of faith is a welcoming church, enfolding in God's embrace all who come for worship, comfort and community. It is a place that accepts every age, race, ability and background and respects the needs of every member. A loving church grows and changes as the world around it grows and changes; adapting, responding and seeking to provide all that is needed by its congregation and its community.
In 2012, a group of church volunteers conducted an assessment of FUMC's strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and the task force concluded that there was a clear need to improve physical spaces within the church to accommodate growing programs and make all areas fully accessible with mobility impairments.
In light of the pressing needs, the FUMC Board of Trustees moved ahead with a carefully considered capital campaign to dramatically enhance our ability to welcome all people, improve handicap accessibility and bring our building up to fire safety codes. The committee of volunteers decided that the time is now! The Our Time to Build Campaign was officially launched!
The main goals of the building project include:
- Wanting everyone to feel welcome: We wish to create an open & spacious foyer area outside of the main sanctuary so people can mingle and enjoy fellowship with one another after church services and throughout the week.
- Unrestricted access to our church: This includes spaces that have previously contained physical barriers for those with restricted mobility.
- Ensuring that our building is safe: Taking part in a renovation project of this scope requires certain fire and safety codes are brought up to date.
Fast forward to July, 2019 and the construction on our beloved church building has begun. Through the generosity of our congregation, hard work of countless volunteers and many, many prayers, we are witnessing changes that bring us closer every day to our dream. Here is some pertinent information about the project:
Financial overview (updated March 2021)
The Finance Subcommittee reports we have borrowed up to our budgeted maximum of $400,000. As of Feb. 28, about $53K in pledged funds still needed to be collected. Any additional donations would help to reduce the final mortgage and create more annual budget flexibility.
Current status of the project (updated May 2021)
The list of the remaining things to do on the church building project, the so-called punch list, is getting shorter. ACS Group is getting in final documentation on the fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and insulating the attics. The new elevator was inspected in March and is fully functional.
An Exterior Design committee called “Our Time to Grow” is being led by Christine Coffman. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with digging, mulching, and planting.
The Interior Design committee will plan for finishing touches and furniture. This may take some time as we “grow” into our space and consider what is needed. If you have any background in “industrial” furniture layout, especially for churches or other gathering spaces, please contact email@example.com. All furniture must have approved fire ratings.
If you want more information, would like a pledge form sent to you, or simply have questions about the project, please fill out the short form below and we will forward it to our building committee.
Please check back soon as this page will be updated as progress is made on the project. Thank you!