Turning Point Update - March 17, 2020
The interior dry-wall has been mudded and taped, with sanding in progress to prepare for priming and painting. Plumber has completed connection to the sewer and has some minor work to complete for fresh water connection. Electrician is working final installs of wiring for lighting and integration with circuit breaker panel. Masonry cuts have not started into the existing building. Enclosures and shoring of the concrete block walls are being erected to facilitate the masonry cutting. Four doorways and one pass-through window need to be cut – hoping that starts this week.
Looking ahead, we should be finishing the dry-wall and starting the initial paint priming of the walls. With sewer and water connections complete, we should be able to start grading the east side of the new construction. Masonry cuts into the existing facility should be completed and shoring/enclosures removed, with temporary wooden walls constructed pushed back to the original positions. We will still need Dominion Energy to come on-site to “borough” the electrical connection to the transformer.
I am very pleased with the size of the rooms – new storage area will be awesome. Unity Facilities team next meeting is Wednesday, March 25th.
We’re Making History!
This is one of the most exciting times in the history of Unity Renaissance.
Thirty-one years ago, when Rev. Judith Meyer founded Unity Renaissance, she birthed a spiritual community that kept outgrowing its space. After moving the congregation from one temporary location to another, Rev. Judi was guided to this sacred land on Eden Way. With Spirit leading the way, Rev. Judi inspired the congregation to build its own church home here. Our current building was intended to be the first phase of a grander plan. Until now, however, that expansion has not been forthcoming.
The Momentum Continues
But now we are primed, and we are ready! Our BREAKTHROUGH! campaign yielded a new roof and HVAC system, remodeled sanctuary, new sound, lighting, seating, and more. Now we are poised for a major TURNING POINT: The long-awaited expansion of our building. After a successful capital campaign in the fall of 2018, we are primed to move forward. Construction began in September, 2019, and is projected to be complete by spring of 2020.
To fulfill our shared dream, we are building a new education wing with adequately sized classrooms to serve our children and adult learners; a full-sized kitchen to prepare meals for church events and gatherings, and community outreach; a fellowship hall/café where we can break bread together after services and gather for informal discussions; expanded, handicapped-accessible bathrooms; spacious storage; and a patio with umbrellas and chairs to commune with nature and each other!
More Space. More Activities. More People Served.
When completed, these new additions will nearly double our current square footage. They will give us the space to accommodate current needs while also creating new opportunities to serve and enjoy our congregation and community.
Goals for Success
Our TURNING POINT campaign brought in more than $600,000 in pledges, (to be collected in 2019, 2020, and 2021). This, combined with remaining proceeds from our earlier BREAKTHROUGH campaign, should allow us to complete our expansion using campaign funds and then assume a modest mortgage.
Please join me, our campaign team, our Board of Trustees, and the many people who love Unity Renaissance to create this beautiful, welcoming space we so need and deserve. To paraphrase a popular quote: “If we can dream it, we can do it!”
How can I give to TURNING POINT?
Even if you missed the TURNING POINT campaign, you can still financially support our expansion. There are many options for giving. You may also combine various options to give over multiple years through weekly, monthly, yearly, or a one-time contribution.
4 Ways to Give
You may contribute via:
1. Cash Love Offering
You may donate at any time via cash or check. Please indicate on your check or envelope that your gift is for “Turning Point.” Please do not write one check for both Turning Point and regular church operations.
2. Online Contribution
Click on the TURNING POINT! giving button on this page.
3. Automated Giving
An easy way to give is through the auto pay feature of your online banking account. Simply designate how much you wish to give, at what frequency, and it will occur automatically. This kind of giving offers the additional benefit of no credit card fees for the church to pay.
Consider donating stocks, bonds, or other securities as part of your campaign contribution. Before making this type of contribution, be sure to consult with your CPA, tax attorney, or financial advisor to avoid any potential penalties.
How Can I Give More?
Practice Priority Budgeting. Eliminate expenses that are less important to free up funds that allow for generous giving.
Redirect Present Expenditures. If you have short-term expenditures or loans that will soon be settled, once they are paid off, consider redirecting those monthly payments to TURNING POINT campaign.
Tap Increased Income. Do you have a bonus or raise coming up? Consider contributing some or all of these funds to our TURNING POINT.
Get Creative! Contribute by donating from these activities:
– Sell unwanted items online or host a community yard sale.
– Give up certain indulgences (designer coffee, dining out, etc.) and donate the savings.
– Look for opportunities to earn extra money and include in campaign donations.
We are a unified team.
Thank you for your financial and prayer support for this momentous project. And special thanks to the many volunteers (nearly 50!), the chairs and members of committees who started this process in July, 2015 and lovingly and faithfully led the way to our TURNING POINT at Unity Renaissance.