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Building Blog

Check here for updates on our new Building Project.  These artciles have also appeared in the monthly FUMC newsletters, Foothills Family Times.
… no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor. 2:9 NVT
Building Blog

July 1 - Capital Campaign

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Thank you so much for everyone who offered their homes for the small group gatherings during late April and May.  We handed out materials to everyone who attended.  We have tried to deliver handouts to everyone.  If we missed you, please let us know and we will be sure to see that you receive current information.

A big thank you to all those who had roles is the capital campaign:  Betsy S. for spiritual/prayer guidance, to Shirley S. for communications and to Jim Lynch for materials delivery.   Jeanne P. chaired the capital campaign and lead the small group gathering committee.  We also had a number of people who helped to organize the small group gatherings.

At the time of the newsletter, we have had people turn in early pledges totaling $126,000 and this is before the Consecration Sunday when we plan to accept prayers and pledges.  Of course, prayers and pledges will be accepted at any time, so please do not hesitate if you missed June 18.

We will report progress in future newsletters.  Thank you for your pledges and beliefs in this fellowship hall and the spiritual 

May 1, 2017 - Home Gatherings

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Beginning April 29 and going through May 26 we will be holding small group gatherings in homes to learn more about the progress of the new building project. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. These gatherings are strictly informational and we welcome all questions and opinions. Refreshments will be provided that will either be simple or elaborate, depending on the wishes of the host If you haven't already been invited or attended one of these gatherings, please contact Jeanne P. You will be able to choose a time convenient for you. In addition to being informational regarding the new building, these gatherings are a great way to connect with your church family.

April 1, 2017 - New Building Project Home Gatherings

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Beginning April 23 through May 26 we will be holding small group gatherings in homes to learn more about the new building project.  These gatherings will be modeled after the Table of Friends gatherings of the past.  There will be refreshments provided.  These refreshments can either be provided by the host or can be potluck.  The purpose of these small groups is to learn more about the building project in a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
We are looking for volunteers to host one of the small group gatherings.  There will be several gatherings so please consider volunteering. We are hoping to reach all of the congregation.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming Capital Campaign or the new building and ways that you may be able to help, we'd like to address them in one of these informal settings.  Sign ups to host a gathering will begin this month.  There will also be sign ups to attend a gathering.  Don't miss out.  We'd like your participation as a host or a participant.  The upside to these gatherings is a chance to spend some quality time with other church family in an informal setting!

April 1, 2017 - Is it Time?

Saturday, April 01, 2017 View Comments Comments (0)
Foothills is at a turning point for the New Building project. With nearly $350,000 in hand and over another $70,000 pledged we are well-positioned to secure funding to begin the building process.  Since the entire project will cost about 1.2 million, we will need to borrow about $800,000 over the course of final design, construction, and fitting out. 
To assure that such a loan is sustainable, last fall our Foothills Church Conference adopted a “Three Thirds” plan: the first third is our current capital campaign, the second third would be a follow on capital campaign to assure a revenue stream for the first years of paying a mortgage, and the final third would be future funding to finally pay off the note.
In the coming weeks, our Capital Campaign Committee will be sharing plans to secure the “second third” – a plan to raise an additional $400,000 over the next 5-6 years.  Success securing this continued funding will signal to the Building Committee to move forward in securing a construction loan and starting this long dreamed of project.
Our FUMC Fellowship Hall has been a vision since the founding of Foothills.  IS now the time?  Our general fund is sound, our “first third” continues to flow in.  A “second third” of planned income with be the final piece to launch the project forward.  Please keep eyes and ears open for this exciting new campaign!

December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)

Things are a-shaking on the new building front.  At annual Church Conference the Building Committee shared our current status and some ideas of next steps forward.  The current status is hopeful.  The general fund has become strong, and our capital campaign has already raised over $315,000. The target goal for full build-out and furnishing of the new building is approximately $1.2 million. 

Among the discussion points at Church Conference was a “Three-Thirds” strategy to move forward.  Over 1/3 of the total building cost will be raised by our current capitol campaign, which ends June 2018.  The Three-Thirds Plan envisions another sustaining capital campaign to secure commitments for a second 1/3 (roughly $400,000) and then financing the final 1/3 with faith that needed funds will be raised a decade from now.  The Building Committee recommends this strategy, and the consensus of Church Conference attendees concurred.

A second key question regards timing of this sustaining capital campaign: do we wait a year for the close of the initial campaign in June 2018 or move this coming spring to establish the viability of construction a year earlier? The enthusiastic consensus from attendees was to move now and not wait.

We are thrilled with the excitement in the room and will move forward in the coming months to build a plan for a sustaining capital campaign, securing approval form our membership and our local UMC District, and beginning the building process with permits and finalized plans.

Expect to see more in the coming month!


November 1, 2016

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)

The tax man cometh!  (And no, we don’t mean St. Matthew.)

This time of year we are sometimes looking for additional deductions to close out our annual tax adventure.  What a timely way to join your legacy to Foothills’ legacy with an additional contribution to our new building fund!  Not only can all give directly to the fund, but required distributions from instruments such as IRAs can be gifted to the church.  If you are thinking of additional giving by year’s end, please consider the FUMC new building project.

Thank you for your continued support!

September 1, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016 View Comments Comments (0)

Greetings from your new Building Committee!  In April we shared an update on the new building plan.  One key consideration for the speed at which we might move forward is the health of the Foothills general budget.  I am happy to report that, through your continued generosity, Foothills grows more financially healthy each quarter.

The new building fund currently has just under $300,000 dollars in hand.  We expect the current capital campaign to raise over another $100,000 dollars through June of 2018.  This means we have a great start towards this million-dollar project.  Our next steps will be to develop a business plan to extend our fundraising in support of starting construction.  The committee is planning an all-church discussion in conjunction with our fall annual Church Conference.  We will be discussing prospects, visions, and plans for 2017.

How can you help at this time? If you have pledged support, please remember to stay current on your commitment.  If you would like to pledge, or increase your pledge, your gifts are always welcome.  If you would like to join the committee, new members are always welcome.  And do keep those prayers rolling!  Any questions? Talk to Paul Hoagland or drop a note in his box at church.

Many thanks to all, Paul H.

September 1, 2015

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 View Comments Comments (0)

First, thank you to the many who dropped by our table at Hot August Sundays. 

As we discussed in April, our current strategy around the new building is to grow our building fund through gifts and investment while working at some small preliminary projects.  Our building the capital fund is clearly job one before we consider breaking ground.  In the quarter from April 1 to June 30 we received an additional $6,500 in gifts and our investments added another $6,000.  At the end of June our building funds totally about $243,000 dollars. This is steady progress and very much appreciated.  We will continue to update these data each quarter.  We would anticipate the biggest quarter any year will be October-December as folks finalize their annual charities.

You will have noticed the future site of the new building sign.  This is a great reminder for all or us and communication to new members and guests.  We hope it will continue to inspire efforts and perseverance to realize this long held dream of Foothills.

At our Hot August Sundays table we did get some input from members which will go into an updated FAQs document when someone (uh, yeah that would be me) gets them done.  In the meantime you can ALWAYS add questions – just drop a note in the Building (Paul) mailbox by the church office.  We’d love to hear from you.

Many thanks to all, Paul H.

April 1, 2015

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Greetings to all from your “New Building” committee. We wanted to give the Foothills family a brief update on the progress of our capital funding campaign and what lies ahead for the new building.
As many will recall, our planned fellowship hall is estimated to cost roughly 1.2 million dollars. Our five-year capital campaign pledged about $460,000 towards this goal. Less than two years into the campaign your generosity has already raised over $225,000. Thank you! While we have lost some pledgers recently, I expect this total to double over the next three years. We are investing these funds to gain the benefit of compound interest even as we prepare for the next steps.
What ARE the next steps?
  1. Continue to grow our capital fund balance through donations and investments.
  2. Initiate preliminary projects that complete baseline tasks with minimal expense.
  3. Secure a funding stream to support debt maintenance should we launch construction before accumulating total project funding.
We’ve already discussed number 1 – going well! Number 2 is also in motion as evidenced by transplanted trees, a migrating volleyball court, and a vanishing garden plot. 
Number 3, a secure revenue stream, will be the big piece of the puzzle. As you know, our general fund is not presently ready to take on a mortgage. Launching construction with borrowed money would not be prudent at this time. But as our capital fund grows, unexpected gifts arrive, and our general fund grows more robust we will continue to evaluate different timelines and funding models. I expect to update the congregation at least quarterly and no large financial commitment will be made without open discussion at church council. Your Building Committee is committed to good stewardship of the gifts you have made to the Foothills legacy.
As we continue moving this project forward you should always feel comfortable asking questions. 
Many thanks for your continued support!
Paul H.

December 1, 2014

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There has been quite a bit of activity in the church "back forty." There have been several tractors leveling out a new area for the volleyball court and moving new railroad ties in place. Some of the old sand has been moved to the new site but more "new" sand will need to be added and leveled. Several of the seating areas around the volleyball court will need to be moved and repaired.
In addition to the work on the volleyball court, there are three memorial crepe myrtle trees that were moved toward the back of the church building. We are hoping that the trees will survive the move. The volleyball court and trees were under the foot print of our proposed new building.
There are also three new redwood trees and two dogwoods planted near the fire-pit.
Some people have been aware of the participation of many people in the congregation putting "sweat equity" in the building of the sanctuary. Times and building codes are a little different but there are still some opportunities to add your handprint on the preparation for a new building.
-you can help finish the volleyball court -the fenced-in garden will need to be taken down and bricks moved to create some raised beds near the labyrinth behind the education building -there is a pile of decomposed granite that needs to be spread on the ABC Garden walkway. (Check out C.J. Olander's Eagle Scout project, now completed. The little girl fountain and planter are beautiful---the deer have appreciated the flowers!) -there is a pile of compost that needs to be distributed on the planting areas of the ABC Garden.
Any help you can provide would be gratefully appreciated. We can accommodate your days and time. Talk to Fred Arth or Jeanne P.