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Meeting with Partners for Sacred Places – Moving forward with our Building

Posted by: Chelsea Badeau on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

In January, Mary Moorhouse, Rob MacGregor and Ben Brandt met with staff from Partners for Sacred Places, including Executive Director Bob Yaeger. Partners helps churches figure out how to use their buildings as tools for ministry, and also provides training for capital campaigns. Five people from Summit went through a training program with them in 2008-2009. Click to read more.

Meeting with Partners for Sacred Places – Moving forward with our Building

In January, Mary Moorhouse, Rob MacGregor and Ben Brandt met with staff from Partners for Sacred Places, including Executive Director Bob Yaeger.  Partners helps churches figure out how to use their buildings as tools for ministry, and also provides training for capital campaigns. Five people from Summit went through a training program with them in 2008-2009. 

The purpose of the January meeting was to share the story of our Renewal Campaign and to seek counsel on how to move forward with further fundraising and repairs.  Partners was very impressed with the success of the Renewal Campaign. They suggested Summit gather a group of community leaders from WMAN, Weavers Way, MALT, etc., to share our story and ask for their advice and help in raising money from the community. Partners thought Summit could raise significant funds beyond the congregation, given our close ties to the neighborhood and the resources and expertise in the community.

The Trustees and Session agreed that such a meeting would be a good idea. To prepare, the Trustees are seeking updated estimates for work on the sanctuary walls and on windows throughout the buildings.  Preliminary estimates suggest there’s about $300,000 in repairs to be done in the next few years to assure our structures remain sound. ($469,500 has been spent so far to restore the tower, replace the sanctuary roof, and make repairs on the Westview porch. $389,000 came through capital campaign pledges, gifts and fundraisers; the remaining $80,000 came from reserves).  

Please keep the Trustees and Session in prayer as we meet with community leaders, share our vision and discern how to move forward.  If you have any questions please speak to Mary Moorhouse or Cheryl Pyrch.  We will keep the congregation updated, and anticipate calling a congregational meeting in the late spring to share the results of the meeting.

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