Please Join in Important 'Next Steps Weekend,' Oct. 12-14

By Jean Wallace 
We're starting on the path to building our future!
As the Facilities Improvement Team reported in the spring, our church is having growing pains!  Simply put, the building does not have the capacity to support growing attendance, is inadequately equipped to support key activities, and needs updating in several critical areas.  
In the team report, members who were surveyed voiced their hopes and dreams for what we could become and accomplish with better facilities — think: a commercial-grade kitchen to support events and rentals ... an air-conditioned sanctuary … more space for Religious Education ... a large space for congregation-wide events …  quiet space for meditation or small-group ministry. Those are a few of the improvements desired by many.
To build for a better future, the congregation will embark on a capital campaign this year — a congregation-wide effort to raise money for exciting, much-needed upgrades. The plans, rooted in the team's report, will reflect our collective dreams and aspirations. We’ll soon hire an architect to help shape the dreams into tangible  improvements. When plans are ready (later this fall), everyone will get to have their say about the best options to meet our needs.
More immediately, as we strive to strengthen stewardship and prepare for the campaign, we have invited Barry Finkelstein, Unitarian Universalist congregational stewardship consultant, to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 12-14, with us to conduct the Next Steps Weekend program. 
During the weekend, Barry will gather information to gain a clear sense of who we are and where we would like to go. He’ll generate, and share with us, specific observations and recommendations to help us on the journey. He’ll also suggest ways he can provide guidance and coaching.
Throughout the weekend, Barry and church leaders will host meetings to help him get to know us and develop recommendations for the campaign, co-chaired by Jean Wallace and Jenn Oglesbee. Barry will meet with congregational leaders on Friday evening and Saturday morning.  On Saturday afternoon, he will host an open workshop for everyone (2 to 3:15 pm, Children’s Chapel, on the lower level; child care available).  
Barry will participate in worship services with Rev. Peter on Oct 14. After the second service, he will hold an open forum to share his observations and recommendations (a shorter presentation will follow the first service). These sessions will be engaging, energetic and informative. Child care will be available after the services, and we encourage all to attend.
Please join us in welcoming Barry — and in taking the first steps together to build a bright future for the church. 
Links to the facilities team report and presentations: