Foothills United Methodist Church
Monday, November 19, 2018
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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

May 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
The Building Our Legacy campaign is in full swing now and incredible things are happening. People are praying daily for God’s direction and guidance. Children and youth are busy making aprons to wear and to sell. The April 13 all-church event, “Facets,” was a huge success (see photos page 4). And weekly, we have been hearing inspiring testimonies of faith from different church members. God is really working in our lives!
A huge thank you to all who are working so hard on this campaign! Each job has been vital to the success of this campaign and is greatly appreciated! 
Be sure to come to church on May 5, Legacy Sunday, when we’ll learn about the results of our efforts.
Shirley S., Co-chair Communications

April 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)

Pray Without Ceasing

It’s exciting to be part of these nine weeks of Daily Prayer through the first week in May, as part of the Building Our Legacy process! We are inviting people to pray daily; to listen to God and seek God’s will for us. In light of this great “concert of prayers,” I asked Cheryl Cox to say a word about ongoing prayer. What has been your experience? Let’s learn from one another.
Betsy S., Building Our Legacy Prayer Team Chair
"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all things."        1 Thessalonians 5:15
My "prayer pledge card" for these nine weeks has all three time periods circled because I will be in constant prayer, as I always am. All my thoughts and my heart's desires are known to God, just as all my fears and doubts are known to Him without having to form the words in my head, much less on paper. In other words, everything I think and feel matters, as well as everything I say and do.
We have but to ask and He will answer. He will accomplish through us what He has planned for us. So with a joyful heart, I will ceaselessly ask for guidance and the means to accomplish His plans for us and give thanks for His loving ways.
Cheryl C.

April 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)

Building Our Legacy

For several years now we have been thinking about expanding! Now we’re talking about expanding in more than one way. We can put our efforts in to increasing our membership. We can increase our ministries and programs. We can increase our outreach to the community. There are many areas in which we can expand. And, all these areas are of vital importance to help us spread the love of God to all people. But, there is one obstacle to our unlimited growth! We have only so much space in our beautiful building and that space is being utilized constantly.   We need more room!
Five years ago the building committee was formed to address the space needs of our church. We listened to the various groups and committees and finally came up with a plan for a fellowship hall that will enable us to serve not only our own ministries, but to reach out to the community as well. We have wonderful things going on in our church and we need to be able to share God’s love with not only those who walk through our doors, but those in the community at large. We have a legacy to pass on! Our capital campaign gives us the means to pass this legacy on. We hope that you will prayerfully consider being a part of this campaign. Please remember that your gift may be many things; your time, your talents, your support, and your money. No gift is too small and all are greatly appreciated.
On Sunday, April 7, we will be announcing our plans for the Building Our Legacy campaign during worship. You will learn more about what we are doing and about our goals. The following Saturday, April 13, will be an all-church celebration with dinner and entertainment for all!  This is one event that you will not want to miss. Everyone is invited!
Shirley S., Communications Team

March 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
When I was a little girl I thought that church was only “open” on Sundays, understandably because my Sunday school class was on Sunday morning. My horizons expanded when I attended children’s choir on Saturday mornings but thought that church was opened just for us.   As a young teen I realized that church was also open on Wednesday evenings when I attended confirmation class.
It was not until I was an adult that I realized that church is “open” all the time and FUMC particularly has a very busy schedule throughout the week. Just check out the calendar to see all the activities that take place at our church. We are filled to the brim all during the week.
Is everyone who uses our space a church member? Or even a regular attendee? No, but everyone is touched by the love of Jesus. We have so many opportunities to serve our community and requests keep coming in. As community members become familiar with our campus, and with us, they experience God’s love. As we have had those wonderful experiences, we naturally want others to experience the same. And people return to learn more, to have their spiritual thirst quenched.
We are running out of space to serve these ever increasing needs. The capital campaign will allow us to continue to plan to build a Fellowship Hall that will not only help all of our church ministries but will help us reach out to the community.
You may be asked in the next few months to serve on a short task that will help us realize this dream.   Please prayerfully consider helping with some part of the capital campaign. If you would like to know about the committees, they are listed on our website under “New Building Project” on the left hand side and I am always available to answer questions. You will also see more of Susan Peters, our consultant, who is also available for questions and information.
An important date to add to your calendar is Saturday evening, April 13 for an all-church celebration. There will be dinner, entertainment, and information. Not only is childcare available but also children’s activities. All are invited.
Jeanne P., Chair of Capital Campaign

February 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 View Comments Comments (0)
Building Committee and Capital Campaign
The idea for a new building was envisioned when FUMC developed a long-range plan in 2006. A needs assessment and then the convening of a building committee followed this. An architectural concept design was developed in 2009. Susan Peters, a consultant from the California Nevada United Methodist Foundation conducted a feasibility study in 2010. The concept plan was formally adopted in June of 2011, reworked into a more simple and cost-effective design in 2012, and widely embraced on “Here I Am” Sunday last November. 
We are at the point of celebrating our missions and considering fundraising that is accomplished via a capital campaign.   A capital campaign committee of 10 team leaders is chaired by Jeanne Pfeifer and supported by Susan Peters.
On Sunday January 13, we presented the building proposal in puzzle pieces with descriptions of how the various parts of the building support our missions. You can see the puzzle pieces on the entrance bulletin board (end of January and beginning of February.) The capital campaign will wrap up on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The capital campaign is about transformation more than just the fundraising.
We ask that all church members prayerfully consider supporting the capital campaign through time, talents or financial contributions. We hope that everyone will participate in the various activities in March, April, and May.
Submitted by Fred A. and Jeanne P.

December 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
On November 4, Commitment Sunday, Pastor Dave distributed a questionnaire asking people to respond to spiritual growth opportunities as well as willingness to serve in a capacity to support a capital fundraising campaign for a new fellowship hall.
The majority of people who have filled in their responses thus far to Pastor Dave’s survey have given positive commitments to start a capital campaign in early 2013. Thirty of the responders listed specific ways that they would help with the capital campaign. There were 16 people who did not list a specific role they would play. To date eight people indicated that the congregation should wait and think about this project some more. The survey is still available at church and we would like to hear from you.
With this positive support, we will be putting together a fundraising team in December, 2012 and January 2013 which will present a plan of action to a special Church charge conference in late January..
The building committee is excited to extend all of the ministries in which we are engaged particularly children, youth and people in need. We look forward to facilities that can accommodate and extend the many activities that occur throughout the week.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of the building team members: Fred A., Helen H., Kathleen W., Shirley S., Alice B., Sandy T., Gary C., Jeanne P.
Fred A., Building Committee Chair

November 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
In the last few months the building committee has shared a colored rendering of the proposed Multipurpose building as well as an architectural plan. We also staked out the footprint on the church campus. The committee has tried to respond to questions. There have been several question and answer sessions after church. The FUMC website also has supporting materials: Past newsletter articles, frequently answered questions, pictures and architectural plans. The next step is to decide if we as a congregation want to go ahead with fundraising for the proposed building. This fundraising is called a capital campaign and is separate from the operating budget campaign.
If we decide to have a capital campaign, clear and thorough communication will be a necessary element. There will be a variety of activities over a 4 to 5 month period of time proposed to begin in January, 2013 and continuing until May. The activities will be designed to reach all members of the congregation.
We have had the benefit of a professional advisor. Congregations who have effective communication, organization and leadership have much more success in reaching their goals. You may be asking, what are some of these roles and activities? Those include: Campaign Chair, Advance Commitment Chair, Special Events, Hospitality, Communication, Prayer Team Chair, Children and Youth Activities Team Chair, Materials Delivery Team Chair, Commitment/Follow-Up Team Chair, and Enduring Gifts Chair.
An entire description of each leadership position and associated activities as well as time lines for each is available on the FUMC website. Please visit this list and assess your personal strengths and gifts. The campaign will only work if we have volunteers for leadership and membership on committees.
Fred A, Chair and Building Committee Members

October 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
When I was asked to write something about the proposed new building for the newsletter, I thought, what am I going to say? I’m not a finance person, or a designer, or an architect. What I am, though, is someone who really loves God and cares about the ministry of this church. And I believe this new building can help us reach more people and better serve the Lord.
I have been a member of this church since 1984. I raised my sons in this church. For over six years I served on the staff as Youth Director. I have participated in a wide variety of ways. My experiences here have helped me grow in my service to God. I feel it is important to pass His Love on to others. This new building will make more things possible for us.
Currently, I sing in the choir. We have a membership of 36. As you can already see we’ve had to increase the choir loft in the sanctuary. While this will help us during worship, we’ve had to give up our less than ample storage and dressing space. Having a rehearsal area in another location would alleviate some of those problems. A new building would enable us to store our music and robes, allow us the space to develop and build a youth and children’s choir, in addition to giving us a place to rehearse, thus freeing up the sanctuary for other activities.
A fellowship building will make it possible for us to reach out into the community. We will be able to make the many ministries we already have even better. Our shelter to the homeless will benefit greatly by the new bathrooms with showers. Those same showers will also be much appreciated by visiting youth groups. I could go on and on, but I’m limited by space. So, please feel free talk to me or anybody on the Building Committee about this proposed endeavor. I am excited about it!
Shirley S., Building Committee

September 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
Our August 26 celebration revealed the proposed building footprint as well as a color rendering of the multipurpose building. We had the building’s approximate location staked out with helium balloons. The balloons may have deflated but the stakes are still in place if you would like to walk the proposed building.   We have personal-sized plans and colored rendering available to use as a guide. These are still obtainable at the entrance of the church as well as posted on our church website.
More building information will be coming during the September 23 Building presentation during the worship service.   Come and learn more about the work of the Building Committee. Be sure to check out the church website for updates and frequently asked questions.
Fred A, Building Committee Chair

August 2012

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 View Comments Comments (0)
The Building Committee has been hard at work and we are ready to show you what we have been up to in the last few months. As you may recall, over the last several years, we conducted a feasibility study, had an architectural drawing submitted and a building concept approved by the church Charge Conference. The committee reflected on the plan as well as considered comments from the congregation and concluded that the architectural plan although beautiful in its structure, the cost as presented, was prohibitive.
The dilemma for the committee was to be true to the integrity of the concept but also reduce the overall cost of the proposed new structure. With that in mind we consulted with Lou G. and Kerry K.   We then connected with Mark Roberts, a commercial architect located in Folsom. Mark has worked with the committee biweekly starting earlier this spring. We have settled on a design, and will have an artist’s colored rendering as well as a dimension footprint to share with you. Our surprises will take shape for you on Sunday, August 26. Join us for more information, food and celebration right after church. As more information comes to us, we will be sharing that with the congregation throughout the fall.