2020 Vision Capital Campaign
Quarterly Newsletter #5

[Date of update corrected; apologies to J Ritner for error. S Teel]

Dear Fellow Parishioners

This is the fifth 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.

An update of our Campaign funding as of March 31, 2019 follows:

  • Total funds pledged:     $277,375
  • Transferred funds:        $  24,325
  • TOTAL:                         $301,700

$257,876 of the above total have been received/transferred and $108,191 disbursed leaving a balance of $149,685.

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: $  8,156
  • Library Room: $55,077
  • New doors for Sanctuary and Field Building: $18,471
  • Parking lot survey: $3,850
  • Replace lamps in Sanctuary; install choir area lights: $2,850
  • Install Security Glass Windows in Solid Doors: $1,800
  • Furniture for the Rector’s office: $1,154
  • Field Building roof replacement/Gutters: $16,833
       Total: $108,191    

A review of activities since the last newsletter follows:

Short Term

  1. Pavers for the labyrinth are being installed for the pathways and include inscriptions to memorialize families and friends.  Proceeds from this program will be used for the installation of landscaping and lighting and to date $3,000 have been received and are included in the total received/transferred mentioned earlier.
  2. Landscaping in the Labyrinth continued.
  3. Floors in both the Sanctuary and the Field Building were completely stripped and waxed in anticipation of our Easter activities.

Medium Term

  1. The renovation/upgrading of restrooms is on the horizon and bids have been solicited. The Vestry is currently in the process of discussing/determining which avenue to pursue relevant to the selection of a contractor. It is hoped that this will be decided at the Vestry's next meeting on June 2, 2019.
  2. Renovation/upgrading of the Field Building kitchen are also in the negotiation stage with a contractor and will hopefully be resolved at the June Vestry meeting as well.
  3. New tables and chairs were procured for the Field Building as well as a more usable cart for the tables. Old chairs and tables in bad condition were disposed of and replaced.
  4. Early in this quarter the Field Building roof was found to be in a state of disrepair warranting immediate attention and was addressed/replaced in late March. Also, the installation of gutter guards on the Field Building was completed along with the placement of gutters on the back side of the Main building.

Long Term

  1. An update on the parking lot improvements was discussed at the March 24, 2019, Vestry meeting and entailed three phases: Phase I would allow access to Shady Lane and a gravel driveway would cost approximately $38,0900 which includes cutting a few trees. Phase II would be the bulk of the project providing 50 or so parking sports, and Phase III would provide 40 additional parking spots.
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.  One such issue involved the removal of all the old dilapidated wooden pallets near the dumpster. These type activities fall under the purview of the Vestry’s Buildings and Grounds Ministry in accordance with the regular Church maintenance budget.

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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