October 10, 2020
Town Hall Meeting with Architect
February 19 - 24, 2020
Financial Feasibility Study
Ms. Liz Coit of Stewardship for All held private meetings with 29 congregants, representing 34% of our pledging units and a range of ages, sexual orientation, marital status, and financial contributions to GMUUC. Based upon these confidential conversations, and using mathematical formulae appropriate for capital campaign fundraising, she determined that we could stretch ourselves to set our capital campaign goal at $600,000. In consultation with Ms. Coit and the Building Our Future Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees agreed to set $600,000 as our goal; with contributions to made over a 3-5 year period.
January 25th, 2020
Saturday meeting open to all congregants featuring a Virtual Walk-Through of Conceptual Plan with Architect David Zenner. Forty-two members and friends provided written suggestions and feedback on features they liked and didn’t like. Overall, the crowd was highly enthusiastic about the design.
January 16th, 2020
Hiring of Architect
Board of Trustees agreed to hire David Zenner, AIA, as our architect.
December 22nd, 2019
Question and Answer Session with Congregants
December 1st, 2019
Update From The Building Our Future Executive Committee
The Building Our Future Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing the design, financing, and construction of our new church building. Members are Sylvia Rayfield, Chairman; Rev. Charlotte; Frank Youngblood, Finance Chair; Gayle Gannaway, Design Chair; John Watkins, Board Member; Kathy Manzella, Capital Campaign Chair; and Lori Wilson, Board appointee. Liz Coit, Brenda Cook, and Stacy Kottman will serve as consultants. We are very excited about the commitment and exuberance of this group!
The Board of Trustees has approved all members; their job descriptions; a financial feasibility study (FFS) to be conducted by our consultant Liz Coit; and a pre-construction budget that will include engineering, geotechnical work, concept drawings and other necessities, prior to building. We have a 90-minute conference call with Liz on December 12th wherein details of the FFS will be determined.
Committee members continue visiting churches for ideas to incorporate into our new home and conferring with consultants, congregation members, other GMUUC committees, and architects regarding financing and design. We aim to be a beacon of light for the larger community as we design a sustainable building which facilitates our living into our vision and mission.
Join us for our first Question and Answer session following the worship service on Sunday, December 22nd. Meanwhile, look for further updates and keep us your thoughts and good wishes. We are in this together!
--Sylvia Rayfield, Chair