Update: September 10, 2020
St. Paul’s UMC is entering a season of decisions. Several years ago, you embarked on a journey of redesigning and renovating the Sanctuary, Narthex, and Fellowship Hall.
Much has happened within these past few months and we are the place of as a congregation, making decisions. The following date designates the end of our time of discerning and the moment of decision:
Tuesday September 29, 2020
Special Church Conference to vote on the finalized scope of the building project.
Given the social distancing precautions required because of COVID, all of these events will be conducted virtually. The instructions for how the voting will be accomplished will be shared by Sunday September 20, 2020.
Leaders from the Building Committee and Capital Campaign will use your input to create a Frequently Asked Questions handout regarding the status of the building renovation project.
Your question (anonymously, without individual names attached) may appear in whole or in part in the forthcoming FAQ handout.
If you prefer to submit questions in hard copy, please visit the church office and look for the Renovation Questions Drop Box with paper forms.
The feel and functionality of our church is essential to our mission and service goals. It is an extension and reflection of who we are and it is the vessel through which we fulfill our commitment and connection to Christ.
By altering and modernizing our inner walls, we can provide a more welcoming environment for visitors and our current members, shape a more accessible space for our community to gather, ensure our church is ADA compliant, and - maybe most important - provide more space for our ever-growing ministries.
Our Building Committee and Capital Campaign Committees, working together, have helped us move toward this renovation. Design professionals have drawn up architectural plans, surveys, permitting, and other necessary paperwork. Our fundraising effort is ongoing and you can read more about goals, expenses, and pledging support on our Giving page.
Initial goals for the renovation were identified over a multi-year discernment process. The Capital Campaign Committee was tasked with raising funds sufficient to meet renovation needs. Once we were able to determine the ceiling on our dedicated building renovation donations, the Building Committee was tasked with bringing the architectural plans into alignment with our actual budget.
We have already invested financial resources in site inspections, architectural plans and revisions, and permits.
There is currently a freeze on building efforts while we revise our plans again to match projected costs and solicit bids from contractors. This freeze also means the community of St. Paul's has time to find our way through this season of uncertainty in the global United Methodist Church and time of covid-19, insofar as the deadlines imposed by the county's permitting process will allow.
Here are some of the original goals, as outlined in the original 2016 booklet:
- Our plans create ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant entrances into our building, including from the parking lot to the front door on Armory Avenue, and to the Fellowship Hall. In addition, a new elevator is proposed to directly connect the sanctuary level to the Fellowship Hall.
- Reworking of the Mitchell Street and parking lot entrances will create a more direct pathway to our sanctuary to ease navigation both for new visitors and for those with limited mobility.
- Space adjustments to the Octagon kitchen and coat room area will create a more open space for fellowship opportunities and allow better accessibility, including possible changes to the small bathrooms.
- A renovation of the Fellowship Hall will create a more welcoming entrance from the street and greater opportunities for hosting fellowship and ministry work.
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