Master Plan Update: Let’s Revitalize Grace!
By John Bodine
The surveys are in, the interviews are done, and our first project review with JNKA Architects was completed on March 15. The architects were impressed at the amount of input they received from members and groups within Grace and how well this input re-enforced our goals:
• Develop a welcoming spirit
• Enable programs for children and young families
• Leverage existing Grace assets
We were impressed with how well they captured the essence of where we are trying to go, as well as the details and nuances of work done at Grace every day. We are definitely on a good track.
Next steps will be to begin conceptual development of alternatives to achieve these goals. This will begin as a fuzzy picture that will gradually sharpen in focus, guided by our goals, our needs, and available funding. The Projects Team will now meet every three weeks to critically review work progress and steer evolving concepts until June, when a “Town Hall” will be planned as an open forum for review by all Grace Members. No construction activities have been committed to or planned at this point, though capital funds of about $1 million are available to Church Council from the Glenna Holloway Estate Gift.
During this design period, we plan to keep Grace Members updated through monthly progress reports in Grace Notes, and weekly summary notes in Grace in Mission. At any time members are encouraged to touch base with Grace Projects Team Members with questions or concerns. This is an exciting venture with inspiring possibilities, but we are mindful of the importance of keeping our purpose before us and maintaining a two-way flow of information. Grace Projects Team members include:
Jeff Barbeau Chamus Burnside-Savazzini
Larry Hartman Mark Himel
Betsy Koepnick Ron Laub
Becky Lindsay Gail Lindsay
Rick Loufek Cindy Marino
Steve Peters John Ridder
Jack Staton Ron Wills