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Vision Team Update: Let’s Revitalize Grace!

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Can we find a way to make visitors to Grace feel right at home? Can we make it easy for visitors and young families to find their way around on Sunday morning? Can we find a way to avoid gridlock after Worship when heading for coffee? What can we do to enhance and enrich our sense of “community” across our various Grace activities? 

These are questions that surfaced from our 2014 church-wide survey and 2015-2016 Visions Team efforts. Follow up on the Visions Team recommendations and generous funding from the Glenna Holloway Estate gift of 2016 have led us to consider a renovation of our facility. We have engaged JNKA Architects, to help us develop a Grace Renovation master plan and to move us toward our Visions Team goals. We have committed only to development of a master plan at this time. Work to implement the plan will be subject to Grace member review and available funding, and will likely be phased over time to minimize disruption and financial impact.

The process for accomplishing the master plan will require extensive input from our staff and members to ensure the architects get a complete and representative impression of the current and future needs of Grace including what we’ll need to revitalize and once again grow our community. 

Input at this stage will occur in two parts:
1) Questionnaires: Beginning January 15 through February 15, we are circulating questionnaires to members, group leaders, and church staff each with their respective forms. Organization and office forms will be given directly to staff and group leaders for them to address concerns and needs related to their events, meeting places, and activities. The member forms will be made available through the church office, through group leaders, and on-line via Grace Connect. You will not need a Grace Connect login to fill out the on-line form, but to receive it we will need your up-to-date email address. We will send out numerous notices and reminders of the importance of getting your input, but all questionnaires must be completed and/or returned to the Church Office by February 15.

2) Interviews: Our architecture partners, JNKA, will then review and collate questionnaire responses to guide them in conducting six 90-minute interviews of our Grace community. In the interviews they’ll probe deeper to understand Grace and our future direction. Interview groups will be limited to 10-12 people. Grace Group Leaders will select representatives to participate. Pastor Cindy will have some flexibility to ensure we are getting a good cross section of our membership. All participants must be identified to John Bodine by February 1. Once we have a list of participants, they will be asked to sign up for a specific interview time and date via Grace Connect. All designated interview participants will be activated in Grace Connect with a login ID. 

The participant representation plan is as follows:
Staff Members (12), Vision Teams: Children & Young Families (2), Education & Spiritual Development (2),  Outreach & Assimilation (2), Attendance (1), Preaching & Worship (1), Church Council (2), Trustees (2), Staff Parish (2), Stewardship & Finance (2), Adult Groups: Forum (1), Hearts on Fire (1), New Connections (1), Open Hearts & Minds (1), Portico Collective (1), Questors (1), Children’s Education (4), Youth Council (3), PDO (2), UMW (2), FCM (1), NOW (6), Music (4), ODM (2), Other (8); for a total of 66 people.  

The Interview schedule is as follows:
Interview 1: Sun. 2/19, 1:00 p.m. (Fireside)
Interview 2: Sun. 2/19, 2:30 p.m. (Fireside)
Church Staff: Tues. 2/21, 10:30 a.m. (Room 254)
Interview 4: Tues. 2/21, 7:00 p.m. (Fireside) 
Interview 5: Sun. 2/26, 1:00 p.m. (Fireside)
Interview 6 – Sun. 2/26, 2:30 p.m. (Fireside) 

Members of the Grace Projects Team from whom this initiative has sprouted will participate in subsequent visioning/program reviews with the architects. This will be an exciting project that will hopefully stir creative ideas for re-energizing and revitalizing our Grace community. 

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