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Invitation to Participate in a Sanctuary Study Committee

End V: “We commit to the preservation and enhancement of our architecturally significant building while meeting the contemporary needs of our Church and community.”


The interpretation of the fifth End says we commit to being stewards of an historic landmark while actively improving our facility to meet the needs of our membership.


We continually examine how the space is serving these Ends. The needs of our membership include more rental options and accessibility. There already are studies about roof repairs, and about an elevator. Property Ministry Team is already studying basement floor and HVAC.


Is there interest in studying the Sanctuary – including lighting, stained glass, pews, storage, painting, and skylights?


If there is interest, a congregational committee can be formed. A congregational committee is unique in that it is formed by and reports directly to the congregation.


Property Ministry Team would serve as the nominating committee, because they best know the building, what's already being studied, and what skills are needed. They will also provide ongoing knowledge support to the Sanctuary Space Committee.


At the January congregational meeting, the board will present a slate of nominees to the congregation for vote.


Then, the committee will research and discuss the desires of our members, staff, and rental partners and the details of options and costs. This time next year, we could have a wealth of knowledge we can use to plan for future projects.


If you are interested in being involved with this Sanctuary Study Committee, please give your name to Ginni Stiles, Co-Chair of the Ministry Leadership Team.


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