Did you notice that there has been some work done around the church? The cross was sanded & painted, trees & hedges were trimmed (over 5 tons of yard waste!!). Please please give a big thank-you to Don I., Nancy E., Eric M., Kathy M, Kathryn G., Don H Sr., Jean and Jerry G. and everyone else who assisted. Many hands really do make light work!
Selected members from the session and last year’s Property Task Force met with the architect for the building remodel during March. The next step is a joint meeting with all four stakeholders and the architect to review preliminary plans.
The others who are in this remodel with us are Northwest Coast Presbytery (office space), Samaritan Center of Puget Sound (counseling office space for several therapists) and representatives from an existing preschool that are helping us to design appropriate space for a possible new preschool program here.
Look for updates in April about the preliminary design! Change is coming – and we ARE ready for it! It is an exciting time to be part of this church community.
Here is the latest information on the property redevelopment. On January 31, 2019 NWC Presbytery Executive Board voted to move forward in partnership with us by hiring an architect, Dennis Chivers, to create drawings/plans for our remodel. Other partners with us in this remodel are the Samaritan Counseling Service and a Preschool director.
Soon Pastor Amy and the Session will receive surveys from the architect to help him learn what our requirements are in a newly remodeled building. Because of the work we have done in this Vision 2025 project, we have most of the information we will need. If you have any concerns that you did not raise in the previous surveys, please let Pastor Amy know so she can add those to the survey responses.
Starting March 7th, Corey Schlosser-Hall (our Presbytery Executive) and Dennis Chivers (architect) will meet with a few representatives from each set of stakeholders to confirm Dennis’s understanding of what we need/want in a new building. Our meeting with Dennis will follow our potluck on March 10th. Dennis is planning on attending our potluck and we will introduce him to all who are in attendance. He may even say a few words about the process moving forward.
After meetings have been held individually with each of the four stakeholders, a “charrette” meeting will be scheduled. Charrette is an architect term for “a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions.” Once that meeting concludes, our next contact with the architect will be to review preliminary plans. Yay! We are moving forward! Continue to hold our congregation and our partners in this remodel in your prayers.
The Snomageddon of 2019 led to our canceling Sunday worship for the first time in many, many years on February 10th. Hopefully you received word from us about the closure and did not attempt to drive over and navigate our very slippery parking lot. If you did not receive word, please let the church office know so that we can improve our system of notification.
According to the Red Cross, “An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.” You can read all about it at the Red Cross website, and locate a local training site if you’d like to be certified. Our AED device is located on the wall next to the restrooms.
We are starting our stewardship season. As we look at the needs and hopes of the congregation in order to build an appropriate spending plan for 2019, it is helpful for the session to have information about your 2019 planned giving (especially if the giving is a change from the previous year). Pledge cards are available in the pew racks. You may put your pledge card in the offering plate, or mail it in to the church office. We will dedicate our pledges during worship on Sunday, November 18th.
What has been happening lately with the session and its task force?
The Session and its task force discerned that we would like to become a more multi-use facility, remodeling as needed to host other non-profit offices, a daycare, or even another congregation. All this would be done in partnership with our Presbytery. We have met with the Presbytery Executive Board and a few other potential partners. The next step is to assess the feasibility for this type of development given our zoning and location. This step will be conducted by the Presbytery.
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