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August 10, 2022

It’s been just over two months since we celebrated the faithfulness and generosity of our congregation through the Be Renewed capital campaign. While you may not have seen much activity in those two months, a lot is happening behind the scenes to prepare for a successful construction project. 

 

The Session has appointed a construction commission, moderated by Dick Peck and consisting of Dave Marbury, Vicki Gillis, Mary Lynn Fraser, Jan Pfluger, Jennifer Stubblefield, and Chris King. The commission, similar to one created after the tree damage the church experienced in 2019, has been charged with leading this project, keeping the congregation informed, and ensuring that we are faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us. 

 

Vicki and Dave have been working with our architect, Lyndon Ezell, of Lambert, Ezell, and Durham, to adjust our plans based on the feedback received during the campaign. Brandon shared some of those adjustments in the July edition of The Messenger, including extending the Elting Wing to add more space for the choir and handbells and adding showers to the first-floor bathrooms. Those plans will be shared with the Sesssion once complete. Once adopted by the session, the updated plans will be shared with the congregation.

 

In the meantime, Dave, Vicki, and construction manager Michael O’Steen have been meeting with the city utility departments and historical commissions to get approval and clearance for all the work we plan to do. 

 

While we are waiting on the timeline for the Elting Wing, we can begin tackling several projects in the education building.

 

First on the list is continuing to convert  the light fixtures throughout the education building to LED. We had already begun replacing lights with LEDs as bulbs burned out, but this will accelerate the process. We are exploring the availability of TVA energy efficiency grants to offset some of the upfront costs associated with this project.

 

I’m excited to report that our church family is already faithfully fulfilling our pledges to the Be Renewed campaign. By the end of this year, we expect to have collected roughly $400,000 of the slightly more than $1 million pledged over the course of the three-year campaign commitment. That is another testimony to the generosity of this church and how we are responding to God’s call to serve our community and live out our mission and vision.

 

The construction commission will continue to keep the congregation updated throughout the construction project. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions to better engage the congregation throughout this process, please let us know.

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It’s been just over two months since we celebrated the faithfulness and generosity of our congregation through the Be Renewed capital campaign. While you may not have seen much activity in those two months, a lot is happening behind the scenes to prepare for a successful construction project. 

 

The Session has appointed a construction commission, moderated by Dick Peck and consisting of Dave Marbury, Vicki Gillis, Mary Lynn Fraser, Jan Pfluger, Jennifer Stubblefield, and Chris King. The commission, similar to one created after the tree damage the church experienced in 2019, has been charged with leading this project, keeping the congregation informed, and ensuring that we are faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us. 

 

Vicki and Dave have been working with our architect, Lyndon Ezell, of Lambert, Ezell, and Durham, to adjust our plans based on the feedback received during the campaign. Brandon shared some of those adjustments in the July edition of The Messenger, including extending the Elting Wing to add more space for the choir and handbells and adding showers to the first-floor bathrooms. Those plans will be shared with the Sesssion once complete. Once adopted by the session, the updated plans will be shared with the congregation.

 

In the meantime, Dave, Vicki, and construction manager Michael O’Steen have been meeting with the city utility departments and historical commissions to get approval and clearance for all the work we plan to do. 

 

While we are waiting on the timeline for the Elting Wing, we can begin tackling several projects in the education building.

 

First on the list is continuing to convert  the light fixtures throughout the education building to LED. We had already begun replacing lights with LEDs as bulbs burned out, but this will accelerate the process. We are exploring the availability of TVA energy efficiency grants to offset some of the upfront costs associated with this project.

 

I’m excited to report that our church family is already faithfully fulfilling our pledges to the Be Renewed campaign. By the end of this year, we expect to have collected roughly $400,000 of the slightly more than $1 million pledged over the course of the three-year campaign commitment. That is another testimony to the generosity of this church and how we are responding to God’s call to serve our community and live out our mission and vision.

 

The construction commission will continue to keep the congregation updated throughout the construction project. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions to better engage the congregation throughout this process, please let us know.

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