Dear Fellow Members and Friends of First Congregational Church,
If you were in church on Easter Sunday, or if you have read the April newsletter, you know that after twenty-five years of wear and tear, we are now planning to replace the tile in the kitchen, the kitchen lobby and the bathrooms off the kitchen, and the carpet in Pioneer and Blachly halls. The total cost of this endeavor, which will include leveling the floor in Pioneer Hall, will be $40,000.
Sometimes it is easy to overlook the fact that maintaining our church building is part of our church’s mission. Our kitchen and fellowship halls not only provide us a space to conduct Christian education and have fellowship together on Sundays; they also provide space for Taizé worship on Thursday nights; for our ministry to the hungry, Second Helping, on Sunday nights; and for church board meetings and for meetings by a number of other service groups in the community, such as MAPJ, AAUW, and the MLK Committee. Over the life of the current flooring, we have conducted roughly 72,720 minutes of adult education classes, served 49,000 meals at Second Helping, and hosted 8,496 meetings by community groups.
We have already received $19,000 in pledges from members and friends of the church who were eager to contribute to our Step Forward campaign. We have $21,000 to go. We invite you to join this campaign and contribute to our new flooring.
If you received the No Fooling postcard in the bulletin on Easter Sunday, you know that you can make a one-time donation by simply depositing cash or a check in the offering plate, mailing your donation to the church, or through electronic giving. In each case, make sure you indicate what your donation is for.
If you would like to pledge a larger amount and pay it in installments, using the pledge card, we would like to receive your pledge card by April 30, and your total pledge may be paid by December 31, 2018.
You will be able to track the progress of our campaign by looking at a space on the floor of the main lobby where we will “fill the floor” with carpet samples as a visual representation of our progress towards our goal.
Work on the new flooring will begin on Tuesday, April 10, and it should be installed by May 1. During this time, we will be having our after-church Fellowship Hour in Andover Hall in the basement.
Thanks to all of you for your dedicated support for First Congregational United Church of Christ as we step forward into our renewed kitchen and fellowships halls.
Yours in faith,
Read Pastor Caela's reflection and invitation here.
Read why Gretchen & Jim Lewis support the campaign here.
UPDATE: Work is underway and photos are available here.