2020 Vision Capital Campaign
Quarterly Newsletter #3

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

This is the third installment of a quarterly newsletter relevant to our 2020 Vision Capital Campaign in order to communicate transparent and up-to-date financial expenditures and activities associated with your faithful participation in this program.

Please accept my apology for the tardiness of this communiqué.

An update of our Campaign funding as of October 15, 2018 follows:
     Total funds pledged - $276,405
     Transferred funds    - $  24,325
     TOTAL                       $300,730
$232,702 of the above total have been received/transferred and $87,613 disbursed leaving a balance of $145,089.

The following represents our current Campaign’s strategy and categorization of needed projects further delineated into three subcommittees:

1.    short term—maintenance:  sprinkler system for the labyrinth, HVAC, flooring and lighting.
2.    medium term—renovations:  narthex, storage, restrooms, front doors for both buildings and ceiling tiles.
3.    long term – parking lot improvements.

To date the following has been done reflecting the funds disbursed:

Labyrinth $6,211
Library Room 55,077
New doors for main and Field buildings 18,471
Parking lot survey 3,850
Replace lamps in main building, install choir area lights 2,850
Furniture for the rector's office 1,154

A review of activities since the last newsletter follows:

Short Term

  1. New and easier-to-use lock boxes have been installed housing the respective keys to the Sanctuary and the Field Building.
  2. Pavers for the labyrinth are starting to be installed for the pathways and the program planned for inscriptions to memorialize families and friends is underway.  Proceeds from this program will be used for the installation of landscaping and lighting.
  3. All the lights in the Sanctuary and the new banks above the choir area are functioning correctly.

Medium Term

  1. Installation/renovation of the entrance doors to both the Sanctuary and the Field Building for better access and especially for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991) compliance has been completed.
  2. The installation of safety (“Safe Church”) windows in those doors that currently do not have them, for example the second door to the nursery, the library and classroom(s) in the Field Building, are an immediate priority to be hopefully completed before the end of the year.
  3. The renovation/upgrading of restrooms is being explored with follow up contractual pursuits.

Long Term

  1. A final site plan for our parking lot expansion has been completed and approved by the Vestry. The next step is to have a contractor develop engineered drawings and cost estimates that would include wheelchair accessibility for the picnic shed and lighting for the lot.  This will also include access to Shady Lane.
In the meantime, ‘short term’ activities continue primarily consisting of the day-in and day-out challenges associated with making our campus more accommodating and safer.  Examples are pest control, lock machinations, plumbing leaks, etc., that mainly fall under the purview of the Vestry’s buildings and grounds ministry and undying support of our Church Secretary.

Please let your Vestry members know if you have any questions or need further amplification on any aspect of this campaign.

Very Respectfully,

John Ritner

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