NUUC Building Expansion & Capital Campaign Timeline

Board Completes Strategy/Mission

The NUUC board, at the encouragement of Rev. Susan Ritchie, engaged in intense strategy, long-range vision, and mission work staring in 2015. It was a concern that further thoughts of building renovation would be pointless without a serious examination of what faith commitments and mission drive our use of the building. During the time period of approximately April 2015 through November 2015, the NUUC Board of Trustees ascertained five year strategic goals, included below. In 2017, the Board approved a mission framework, captured in our new logo. NUUC Strategic goals (from 2015)   1. Providing increasingly vibrant, intentional and prolific intergenerational programming (including times other than Sunday morning) •Programming meets the needs of members, visitors, and friends of various durations of involvement to be engaged, enriched, included, and cared for; much of this programming is inclusive of a wider community •It engages with non-congregational partners (e.g., Simply Living, etc.) •It matches a community need with a corresponding congregational strength (e.g. Same Sex Marriage Day, environmental education, spiritual programming without religious requirement) •The programming is holistic, integrated, and mixed •It is planned across committee, team, or program teams •It looks to blended events that meet multiple needs (social, educational, spiritual)   2. Providing a worship and arts program that has expanded its strengths further beyond the borders of Sunday morning •There are worship and worshipful opportunities outside of traditional Sunday morning service •Some of these worship opportunities are intentionally welcoming and attractive to persons not necessarily wanting to affiliate explicitly with the Sunday morning community •The arts program is an even greater source of outreach to the community (existing examples: the recorder group plays in retirement centers, past music and drama productions, use of sanctuary as gallery space)   3. Completing a visionary building expansion/renovation that becomes a community center (i.e., aligned with mission and a real aspiration for the future) •The building clearly signals our religious values to the community through our physical presence and appearance •The building supports programming that involves, welcomes, and supports the community (ex; bike path gazebo). •The building is hospitable and welcoming to visitors •It has well maintained spaces with good curb and public use appeal •spaces more in keeping with contemporary standards for public accommodation (ex: ADA, transgender friendly restrooms) •The building has been developed to accommodate helpful partnerships in space sharing   4. Developing leadership to fully enable the stewardship of human, material, and financial resources •Structures support volunteer commitments that are well defined in role, joyful, time limited, clearly connected to meaning and purpose, and well appreciated •There is intentional leadership development •Opportunities for giving outside of the annual canvass and contributions to the annual budget are cultivated •by a year-round focus on stewardship, not just a pledge drive •by cultivation of advanced giving opportunities •by the development of a capital campaign •There is a structure for long term financial planning •there is a financial plan for meeting capital maintenance and improvement needs •there is a way of determining feasibilities of capital project •There is abundant generosity and service

Board Forms Steering Committee

The NUUC board forms a Steering Committee to oversee the next phases of the project. The Committee, chaired by Allison Fagan, includes Teri Cornell, Dick Leavy, Rod Meyers, Lauren Richard, Rev. Chris Jones Leavy, and John Rodeheffer.

Architect Selected

The NUUC Steering Committee has an important and exciting update to share with you about our progress. As you know, NUUC is in the process of exploring the possibility of expanding our building to better allow us to live out our congregational mission. We are pleased to announce that on our recommendation, the Board has hired Dave Kerr, Architect to work with us on designing a building that will support our mission. This fall he will begin the Assessment/Programming phase of the project. This will be comprised of interviews with a few groups of congregants to discuss needs of the congregation and their thoughts about church expansion. He and his colleague, Cara Hering, will also assess our current building, do research on future local development, such as Evans Farm and conduct a review of planning and zoning code requirements. At the conclusion of this phase he will issue a report to the Steering Committee. The Committee, in turn, will share conclusions with the congregation. Our second announcement is that, after interviewing four financial fe asibility consultants this summer, the Steering Committee recommended, and the Board concurred, that we hire Barry Finkelstein from Stewardship 4 Us. The purpose of a feasibility study is to learn about the financial health of a congregation and its readiness to support a capital campaign. The first step in Barry's process is a "Next Steps Weekend" (NSW). This is, in his words, "an intense yet quick on-site assessment of the congregation, the building plans, current and projected finances, and leadership and stewardship infrastructure, to determine how best to proceed." Our NSW is currently scheduled for the weekend of December 1. Barry will conduct interviews on Friday and Saturday and then present the results during our Sunday worship service. Those results will include a set of recommendations and timeline of how to proceed with our project. That presentation will be followed by a comprehensive report submitted to the Steering Committee, which will share the conclusions with the congregation. As you can see, with the architect and feasibility consultant both beginning the first phases of their work for us, Fall at NUUC is going to be busy and exciting! We invite you to think about your goals, desires, and dreams for NUUC. As always, we are happy to hear from anyone who has questions, concerns, or ideas. The committee can be reached at: steering@nuuc.org Steering Committee Members: Allison Fagan, Chair Rod Myers Teri Cornell Lauren Richards Chris Jones-Leavy John Rodeheffer Richard Leavy

Next Steps Weekend & Consultant's Report

Barry Finkelstein. You may recall that Barry conducted a Next Steps Weekend in December to assess our readiness for a building project. As a result of that weekend he submitted a written report of his findings, which were very positive. The Steering Committee would like to share that report with you. Please don't hesitate to contact the Steering Committee in person or at steering@nuuc.org if you have questions, comments or concerns. Thanks for taking the time to review this important document. You can access the report by clicking "find out more."

Members Meet with Architect Dave Kerr

Architect Dave Kerr meets with different members and groups of the congregation to discern our programming needs.

Annual Meeting Approves Next Steps with Architect and Financial Feasibility Consultant

As you probably know, a Congregational Meeting was held after service on Jan. 14 to vote on the 2018 budget, to authorize funds for NUUC building improvements, and to grant status of Minister Emerita to our Community Minister Chris Jones-Leavy, who recently retired. The sanctuary was decorated with balloons and a banner, in the spirit of the celebratory nature of the meeting. We had very good attendance and quite a bit of meaningful discussion before each vote (all of which passed). Here is a recap: Treasurer Diane Conley gave a review of the balanced budget for 2018, before and the a motion was made to approve it. One important point to note is that the employee compensation values each include a 2% Cost of Living increase over last year. Also, under Administrative Expenses, you will might see notice a substantial increase in bank service charges, from less than $100 to $1,770. This is due to a 5% charge on pledge payments made by credit card. If you contribute electronically and can have the money withdrawn directly from your checking account instead, the fee will beis only 25 cents per transaction. Next, a motion was made to approve the necessary funds for moving forward with possible renovation and/or expansion of our building. This includes $10,000 for the capital campaign feasibility study, plus $16,520 for the architect and $7,000 for the construction consultant to begin work on the first phase of the project. The deliverables that we will receive at the end of this phase will be a planning report and a site plan that shows basic space definitions based on input regarding wishes and priorities received from five congregational groups (Music, Administration, Religious Education, Buildings & Grounds, and Social Outreach). During the final agenda item, Rev. Susan Ritchie made a motion to name Rev. Chris Jones-Leavy "Minister Emerita." She explained that while this was partially in recognition of Chris' recent retirement, it is also a great honor-recognizing both the distinguished nature of her ministry and her ongoing presence among us. Chris then spoke about how much she had appreciated the support of the congregation that ordained her while she was performing her hospice work in the community. After the meeting, there was a party in Fellowship Hall with cake and noisemakers. So now that this important meeting is behind us, what's happening next and how can you stay involved? First of all, on Jan. 23 you should have received an email from NUUC with a link to the Next Steps Weekend report. If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes to review the suggestions that Barry Finkelstein, the feasibility consultant, has made regarding our process moving forward. (There is also a hard copy of the report near the blackboard in the vestibule of the sanctuary, along with other documentation about the committee structures and timelines.) Second, if you have not yet had a chance to share your ideas about NUUC's future plans, please email them to steering@nuuc.org or talk to one of the Steering Committee members (listed below). And if you see a way that you would like to participate, seek out the appropriate people to let them know. If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, etc., be sure to raise them. While the Steering Committee is leading the way, this is a process that involves the entire congregation. The Steering Committee steering@nuuc.org Allison Fagan, chair Teri Cornell Chris Jones-Leavy Dick Leavy Rod Myers Lauren Richards John Rodeheffer Enter story info here

Formal Financial Feasbility Study Begins

Our financial feasibility consultant, Barry Finkelstein, interviews members of the congregation

Architect's Report, Maps

At the congregational meeting on March 11, 2018, the Steering Committee presented this "checking for understanding" report from Architect Dave Kerr. Click "Find out more" to read Dave's report. For a map of the church and neighbohood, go to: http://www.nuuc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/18-03-06-Auditor-Map.pdf For a map of the North Road proposed traffic circle, visit: http://www.nuuc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/18-03-06-North-Rd-Circle-1.pdf For a map of the proposed Home Road extension, visit: http://www.nuuc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/18-03-06-Home-Road-Extension.pdf

Landscape Vision Plan Presented

Amy Dutt presents the results of her meetings with church members regarding the vision for our outdoor spaces and memorial garden. The full text of her report is available in the link.

Designs Unveiled

Architect's concepts revealed during worship

Town Hall Meeting: Vote on Design Concepts

After Sunday Worship, a Town Hall Meeting to take a Straw Vote on the Congregation's preferences regarding proposed design concepts.

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