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April  7, 2016

This newsletter is one in a series designed to keep the parish informed about the Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project. 
Rev. Aimée

A tremendous amount of progress has been made to reach our campaign goal. Please read below about the work being done by so many of you. 

A major milestone will be marked on Sunday, April 24 as part of both the 8 and 10 a.m. services where we will hold a Bell Tower Construction Celebration. See below for more information.

In early May, just under a month from now, our historic bell tower will be taken down and rebuilt. T hanks to early campaign gifts we have sufficient funds to  support this phase of construction, but we still must get close to $10 million in gift commitments by summer to position the entire construction project for success. Gifts of all levels are vital for us to move forward.

Please visit the "How Firm Our Foundation" website for more information.

See you Sunday,
Rev. Aimée
Bell Tower Deconstruction Work Set To Begin in May; Kickoff Set for April 24
Three highly respected local contractors submitted bids to deconstruct and rebuild the All Saints Bell Tower. The bid review process is nearly final and the announcement of the successful bidder will come from the Vestry in mid-April.
Local contractors learn about the needs of the Bell Tower as they prepared their bids.
Work is set to begin in early May, and is expected to be completed by late summer. 

During the construction period fencing will be installed around the parking lot located north of the Sanctuary and around the front of the church. Some temporary handicapped parking will be relocated to the lot to the south of the Parish House. Parishioners and staff have been working closely with the Parish School to minimize disruptions as children are dropped off and picked up. The Sanctuary will remain open for worship services during this phase of construction.
Sanctuary  Preservation 
and Readiness Project 
Bell Tower Construction Celebration & Prayer Service
Sunday, April 24 at the conclusion of both the 8 and 10 a.m. services

We will mark the beginning of the capital campaign construction project by praying for God's blessings and ringing our historic bell for the last time in the current tower. 
Please plan to come and be part of history.

Bell Tower Construction Celebration Set 
At the close of both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services a special Bell Tower Construction Celebration and Service is planned. "We will ask for God's blessing as we continue to work to strengthen and prepare the Bell Tower and Sanctuary for future generations of service," said Rev. Aimée. "We will also celebrate the exciting progress of the 'How Firm Our Foundation' campaign," she added. 
Parish Busy With Capital Campaign; $7.9 Million Raised So Far To Renovate, Prepare Sanctuary For The Next 116 Years
February marked the beginning of the parishwide phase of the $11.6 million capital campaign. During the previous 24 months, campaign volunteers were organized into a variety of committees, from budget and permitting to communications and tour docents. More than 100 individuals have served the effort to date.
In addition, the "quiet phase" of the campaign saw the Vestry, project leaders, clergy and staff make financial gifts to lead the parish in this vital effort.
Through March, 85 parish families have committed more than $7.9 million in gifts to be paid over 1 to 5 years. "We are immensely grateful to all the project volunteers and to those who have made a contribution to the campaign," said Ed Birch on behalf of the project co-chairs, which also include Bitsy Bacon and Sheri Benninghoven.

"Special Gifts Committee" Leading Effort To Invite Parishioner Support
Preserving our beloved and historic Sanctuary is a responsibility we all share, noted Special Gifts Committee chair Raye Haskell-Melville. "Carrying on God's work in this beautiful setting requires each of us to consider how we can support the campaign. Gifts of all financial levels are welcome; we simply ask everyone in the parish to consider their own stretch gift, which may be paid over 5 years," she explained.  "Every thought, prayer, suggestion and gift will be necessary to meet our goal," Raye added.
The campaign is doing well, but we need everyone's help to reach our goal, Raye said. The job of the Special Gifts Committee is to generate parishwide support and ownership of the Sanctuary Preservation and Readiness Project and secure roughly 200 new gifts of all sizes. No gift is too small.
Committee members will be reaching out individually and via small group gatherings to invite parishioner support. These gatherings are an opportunity to build friendships as well as hear about the Church project.  Members of the Special Gifts Committee include Raye Haskell Melville, chair; vice chairs Lore Dobler, Judy Mack, Sandy McCartney, Nathan Sigler, and Barb Toumayan; and members Pete Adams, David Boyd, Linda Chapman, Syd Walker, Chuck DiTirro, Susan Evans, Rosalind A. & Ronald Fendon, Sally Green, Pamela Hawes, Ken & Francie Jewesson, Jim & Sally Subject, and Karen Telleen-Lawton.