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Vision Team Update: Let’s Revitalize Grace!

By John Bodine

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How do you feel when you enter Grace? How do you think a visitor might feel? Do you give up fighting your way through narrow halls after worship to get to coffee and just head for your car? Are you comfortable finding your way around Grace or do you just stick to the places you know? 

These are some of the questions that Grace members participating in the master plan interviews will be considering during the last two weeks of February. Our project partners, JNKA Architecture, will have already poured over questionnaire input from members that will guide them in probing a bit deeper to reveal current issues and future needs. They have already drafted drawings of our existing facility to use as a reference for these discussions, helping participants visualize the big picture.

   The Interviews will be completed on Sunday, February 26, and will be followed by a consolidation period in which JNKA will summarize what they’ve heard and delve into architectural implications. On March 15, the Grace Projects Team will meet to review and critique a report of the findings by JNKA, setting the stage for conceptual design and development. Thereafter, the team will meet every three weeks to critically review work to date 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 for at this point, though capital funds of about $1million dollars 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 and concerns. This is an exciting venture with inspiring possibilities, but we are mindful of the importance of keeping in focus our objective of presenting a welcoming spirit to all and best enabling programs and activities for young families and children.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Grace Projects Team: 
Jeff Barbeau          
John Bodine        
Chamus Burnside-Savazzini    
Larry Hartman
Mark Himel            
Betsy Koepnick
Ron Laub            
Gail Lindsay
Rick Loufek            
Cindy Marino
Steve Peters          
Ron Wills