Several things are happening that we want you to know about related to our upcoming move. First, our pastoral staff, Church Council and Scouting Committee are all working on your behalf to look for a new building space. We are looking at both leasing and purchasing options. We have one leasing option in a church that we have been in negotiations with over the summer. Once we have worked out the details we will let everyone know of the location and details. As you can imagine, there are many steps in leasing space within another church, but we do want to have a viable option in case there is nothing on the market that we wish to purchase at this time. We are also in contact regularly with our realtor Carl Whidden who is looking for potential properties for us to purchase.
In addition, we are planning a wonderful celebration of our ongoing ministry and our time in this building on Saturday September 8th. Please note that the committee was originally thinking that we would charge $25 per person for the event. After some feedback, the committee decided to offer the evening at
no cost so everyone is able to attend. We ask that you please RSVP by August 25th since a beautiful dinner is being catered and we want to have a seat for you! Connie Washburn is putting together a wonderful selection of music for us in the sanctuary starting at 5 p.m. She is bringing several of our favorite musicians along with our Choir for the event. The Planning Committee is also inviting some folks to reflect on our time and ministry here and we hope to have some pictures to share throughout our years here. The dinner will be held after that in the parlors and will be a Mediterranean style meal with meat and vegetarian options. Bonnie Hughes and Lu Burd are gathering together some church memorabilia and pictures to be viewed in the parlors as well. Meagan VanDeventer will have a photo booth for instant pictures - one to take home from the evening and a second one that will be used in a group mural in our new space. You will also be able to enjoy the company of previous staff members and church riends from near and far! Please plan to attend this wonderful celebration on September 8th.
Some of you have asked why we are having the event in September when we are not leaving until February. We didn't want to crowd our usual Thanksgiving Feast and Christmas events by doing it later in the year; in addition, we don't exactly know when the new owner might want to begin renovations on the building or limit our access to the sanctuary, so we selected a date that seemed to work for us! Many thanks to the members of the Planning Committee for their work on this event: Connie Washburn, Randy VanDeventer, Meagan VanDeventer, Kim Story, Dana Pell, Mary Camacho, Lu Burd, Roberta White, Carolyn Olney and Pastor Marlene.
Also, long-time member and Chairperson of Building Jeff Tyler will be giving another building tour on Sunday Sept. 9th after worship for those who wish to tour the building and remember stories of our time here in this space. If you missed the last tour led by Sue Miele, please plan to attend this one! It takes about 90 minutes to get through the building, and is a great reminder of the grandness and scope of this edifice!
Our Scouting Committee will be holding another listening session to answer your questions about the transition in the next month. We will let you know when that date is. It will be after church so you may have the chance to connect with any of those committee members with your questions or input. Many thanks for the work of the Scouting Committee: Carolyn Olney, Heather Bland, Randy VanDeventer, Jeff Tyler, Sue Miele and Kim Story.