Grace United Church September 2011www.graceunitedchurch.ca 
Email: graceu@telusplanet.net 

A New Church Season Begins
While there is always excitement with the beginning of a new church season, it seems that we are beginning this year with some extra enthusiasm. Our church has had a number of good-news events and “feel good” experiences recently which, taken together, suggest that Grace is “alive and well” and ready to for the challenges ahead. For example;

  • We have arrived at an amicable consensus that our future, whatever that future is, will be at the corner of 47th Street and the Meridian! 
  • Those involved in the Vacation Bible School are feeling very pleased with all aspects of the week and there is excitement about the start of the new Sunday School year. 
  • The Fair Booth Committee is so pleased with the willingness and enthusiasm of all the volunteers during the Exhibition and CPCA finals. 
  • We have an energetic committee planning a Time and Talent Auction when, only a few weeks ago, it looked like we might have to cancel it because we could not find someone to chair the event. 
  • When a house and lot immediately west of the church became available on the real estate market, two families stepped forward and purchased the property on behalf of the Grace family. 
  • Grace United has received a large interim payment from the executors of the estate of the late David Jones. 
  • Knox Presbyterian Church has invited us to discuss with them how they might assist us with our worship-space needs during construction. 
  • A “ministry-to-men” is being organized this fall. 
But we have work to do...
  • Defining our ministry needs and then searching and calling the appropriate ministry staff for our congregation is “job #1”! That work is beginning immediately.
  • Fund raising was delayed until the question of church-location was decided. Now fundraising will begin in earnest. 
  • Before we actually begin designing a church structure, we do need to take some time to reflect on just “who we are” and exactly what kind of church facility we need. While we have decided to remain “downtown” and retain our current sanctuary, we need to make sure we are building a church facility for 2025 and not 1975. 
  • We are excited about the prospect of having Rev. Paul DuVal leadership available to us through this process. He is a NW Conference Regional Resource staff member with considerable experience assisting congregations with projects such as ours. 
  • But above all, we must do all we can individually and collectively to see that our church has the programs, services and “culture” that are relevant and appealing to all people but especially young people and young families. 
Another Successful Year for the Fair Booth!

All of the members of the fair booth committee would like to say a Huge Thank You to everyone who helped in any way this year. The pies that were baked went over very well. The “phoners” did an excellent job of recruiting people & all the cleaning efforts paid off before and during the days of the fair because the health inspector told us “we had the cleanest facilities on the fairgrounds”. Of course, the booth would not operate without, you, the volunteers, to work a shift or two the days of the fair and the Chucks. Thank you once again for doing your part to make it happen!Of course, we went through tons of food again this year. In total, we made up 120 pounds of taco meat to serve in about 910 taco salads. 30 gallons of chili were consumed in bowls of chili, chili cheese fries and chilidogs. We sold 92 cases of fries this year – that is over 3300 servings! We cooked up 4650 burgers & 350 hot dogs. We only sold Beef on a Bun at the Chucks this year, but it was a very popular item and sold out every day! Our pies are always popular, this year we went through 185 pies which translates into 1110 pieces. We brought in 400 pounds of popcorn and the youth sold that in the grandstands. There was a large amount of coffee, hot chocolate, mochas, bottles of water, pop and juice. Having a fairly good variety of menu items helps keep our booth one of the busiest and most popular.

Grace Music Programs
A Vital Part of our ChurchMusic participation is a great way to meet new people and make new friends and Grace United offers these opportunities for all ages. With all groups starting anew in the next couple of weeks, this is an ideal time to join up!
Kidz Choir: Jeanne Smith, just back from the Naramata Centre where she took a course in children’s’ choir directing is excited about restarting the children’s’ choir program at Grace. This program is an excellent and enjoyable (and no-cost) music experience for younger children. For more information call Jeanne at 780 875-0587. Practices will be on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm (note the change) with the first session being on Monday September 12.

Grace Choir: The adult choir meets regularly at 7:30 pm on Thursday evening. Our church is well known for our wonderful choir, thanks to the incredible dedication and leadership of Gladys Jack and the commitment of long-serving members. But the choir would love to have many new members. Why not bring a friend and share in the fun that is the Grace Choir! 

Bell Choirs: We are blessed to have two bell choirs, the “Celebration Ringers” who meet regularly at 1:30 pm on Mondays and the “Grace Ringers” who meet on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm. Both choirs begin the fall season on September 19 and need/ love to have new members. 

The Pic ups: This informal group of musicians gets together on selected Sunday mornings (at 9:15 am) and prepares some music that they then share later that morning with the congregation immediately prior to the service. If you play an instrument and would like to have some fun, give Gladys a call at 780 875-4535.Music is such a vital part of our faith and our church family. We’d love for you to share your musical gifts with us. 

New Committee Members Welcome
All standing committees of the church are again gearing up for the fall with several committees looking to add new members. If you have some time and an interest in some aspect of church operation (or if you know of someone who might be interested if approached) contact Eric Simpson, chair of the Nomination and Support Committee at 780 875-2655 or agro@telusplanet.net.

LUNCH WITH A BUNCHJoin us on Monday, September 12th at 11:30 am in the Upper Hall for “Lunch with a Bunch”. The cost is $10.00 per person All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend – please call the office to let them know you plan to attend.

FALL GARAGE SALETues, Oct 4 (2 – 7 pm)Wed, Oct 5 (10 am – 7 pm)Thurs, Oct 6 (10 am – 2 pm)Donations of clean, miscellaneous household items, kitchen items, books and furniture are welcome. Clothing may also be donated provided articles are seasonal and up to date. (No shoes or boots).If you wish to have your items picked up on Monday, October 3rd, please call and leave your name at the church office at 780-875-8959. Preferred times for dropping off donations for the Garage Sale: Monday, October 3rd.HELP NEEDED: Men & women to set up for the sale on Monday, October 3rd at 10:00 a.m. We also welcome any women of the church not currently a member of the UCW, if you have any free time to come out & help for one hour or a few hours to help sort & organize or work at the sale please call Mary at the office 875-8959.

Grace United ChurchTime & Talent Fundraiser AuctionTuesday, Nov 22Centennial Civic Centre (upstairs) 5 pm – viewing and silent auction bidding 6 pm – scrumptious roast beef dinner 7 pm – live auction bidding begins Tickets - $15/each or reserved table of 8 for $120 (Only 300 tickets being sold) Tickets at: Grace United Church Office, Shep’s Sports, or any committee member: Marilyn McAllister, Gwen Mohrbutter, Cheryl Wheeler, Jo-Anne Locke, Karen Ollen, Penny Manners, and Deb Lundquist. So, get your thinking cap on for auction items, time or talents.Cash donations are greatly appreciated in lieu of auction items.PLAN TO ATTEND!Bring your family and friends – for a fun and entertaining evening!

Our Committee meetings are held monthly over lunch and are well attended by our members. In June we organized a trip to Kathy’s Greenhouse for our Church family members who do not often get out to the country. It was well received and everyone enjoyed the countryside, the beauty of the flowers, and the hospitality at the Greenhouse. We all came home with a new plant to nurture.We continue to pay hospital, in home, and nursing home facility visits. The new look on our visitor cards, and also the personalized enclosure cards have been a welcome change and a discussion tool, both during our visits and afterward with family members. We are always in need of prayer shawls, as we offer hope and love to our Church family at difficult times in their lives. Our Committee members are: Shirley Aston, Carol Bugiak, Donna Smith, Barb Russell, Marilyn Mann, Hazel Feist and Irene Herring. We are fortunate to have three male volunteers to assist with visitations as well as Pat Smith who offers Pastoral Care by sending out cards and Kay Lake who assists Pat in her absence. Please call our Committee members if you know of someone who would like a visit or phone call on behalf of Grace United. Submitted by Irene Herring, Secretary.

Baby Fold Returns 
September 11 The UCW is to be commended for its decision to again provide a baby fold service during Sunday worship for families with young children. Starting Sunday, September 11 the UCW will make certain that there is responsible child care in the baby fold room so that parents can leave their children there during the service.

Christian Development 
Our committee had their fall organizational meeting on Wednesday, August 31 to plan the fall Sunday school programs and bible study programs. Two of our youth attended the National Youth Rally Rendezvous in Toronto on the weekend of August 12. They had a great time and Greg and Chris will be sharing their stories with you in an upcoming Sunday Service. Important dates to remember are September 11 – Sunday School Registration and October 21, 22 and 23 – Alberta NW Conference Senior High Youth Rally hosted at Grace United. If you are interested in helping with Sunday School or the Youth Rally please contact someone from the CD Committee. The Grace United Youth Group starts up again on Monday September 12 at 7:00 pm at the church. All youth, grades 6 to 12 are welcome and invited to join. Contact Loretta Mitchell or Joyce Dickson at the church office for more information.

Joyce Dickson will be leading a ”Living the Question” Bible study this fall if you are interested please contact Joyce. We look forward to our see everyone back at Church this fall.

Hello from The Finance Committee 
Hope everyone enjoyed summer! While a lot of us were away from church during the summer, regular church activities continued. We thank everyone for your continued financial support during the summer months. To the end of July 2011, our total offerings were $106,688 – approximately 53% of our budgeted amount. Total revenue was $118,410 – 45% of the amount required to cover our projected expenses. Church expenses to the end of July were $151,274 – 58% of the annual expense budget. We have a deficit of $32,864. With your continued financial support, we are confident that we can meet the expenses to carry out the daily activities and ministry of Grace United. Please remember, if you are unable to attend church services on a regular basis, but would like to provide your financial support, speak to Mary at the Church office about the benefits of automatic debit from your bank account (PAR). Your financial support for our Church is sincerely appreciated. (Submitted by: Jo-Anne Locke)Kathryn Hofley Returns Kathryn Hofley, Financial Development Officer for the Prairie Region of the United Church of Canada will be at Grace United Church on Monday, October 25 to share her expertise on the subject of Wills and Bequests with the congregation and to assist individuals wanting to know more about how they might use them to support their church.The first part of her presentation, which will begin at 3:00 pm in the Upper Hall, will deal in general terms with the topic of Planned Giving followed by information about the most common types of gifts made to churches through wills and bequests.Ms. Hofley has graciously agreed to be available during the evening of the 25th to consult privately and confidentially with individuals and families who would like to discuss their individual gift-planning ideas. You can arrange such a meeting through the Grace United Church office or by direct contact with Kathryn Hofley at (204) 943-4844 or at khofley@united-church.ca While Ms. Hofley’s visit to our church and her presentation are not related to our upcoming fund raising campaign for our “new” church, it is certainly timely!

Fundraising Committee 
The committee will be having a kick off on September 25. We will be holding a pancake breakfast before the Sunday Service. Information packages will be available and there will be time for great conversation around the future of our church. If anyone is interested in joining this committee please contact Alison Weaver. If you have any ideas to share we would love to hear them. Please contact our committee if you would like to have a visit to discuss fundraising and different options of giving. We look forward to an exciting fall in our church.

GRACE NEWS Special Edition – July 2011

Dear friends,

Given the importance of the recent survey and congregational meeting, it was decided to send out this special newsletter. A regular newsletter with other important church information is planned for later in the summer.

Morris Smith, Chair, Central Board.

“Every Family Consultation” Survey

In order to determine the views of as many of the Grace “family” as possible, Central Board approved a congregation-wide telephone “consultation” regarding the facility options being considered.
Twenty-five members of the congregation assisted with the consultation, successfully contacting 72% of our church list. The survey team reported that people were generally well informed about the three proposed options and appreciated the opportunity to discuss them and related issues. Thanks to everyone who took the time to do the telephoning and to everyone who participated. But a special thank-you is due Greg Yelland whose professional expertise was invaluable.

Survey Results
Of the 264 people who expressed a preference, 141 or 53% felt that retaining the current sanctuary and rebuilding on the existing site was the best choice for the congregation. Those who preferred other options were fairly evenly split between renovating the existing structure (23%) and building a new church on a new site (24%).
But what was very interesting and important was that most people, regardless of their own preference, could “go along with” another option if that was the will of the majority. For example, only four respondents indicated that they “would have difficulty” going along with the “rebuild on the current site” option.
Those who expressed a preference for a renovation of the current structure often spoke of the cost of the other options as being more than they felt the congregation could/should spend on a building project. Those preferring a new church on a new site often raised parking as an issue with the current site.
The respondents preferring the “rebuild on the current site option” spoke of their desire to retain a downtown presence as well as a desire to preserve the current sanctuary. They also expressed concern about the high cost of a new building in a new location and felt that additional parking space could be found in the future.

Coming to a Consensus

The results of the consultation were presented at a congregational meeting following worship on Sunday, June 26. After the presentation, the congregation was asked to consider a motion affirming the preference for keeping the existing sanctuary and rebuilding most if not all of the rest of the church on the current site. Following a good discussion, those in attendance voted 115 – 8 for the motion. The motion also called for all future facility planning be based on this option.

Financing the Project
Survey feedback and discussion at the congregational meeting suggests there is also a consensus that the funding for the redevelopment of our church building needs to be assured before we move ahead. The fund raising committee that was formed over a year ago has deferred any fund raising activities until after the congregation decided which option it preferred. Now their work can begin in earnest!

Project Scope and Design

Choosing to rebuild on our existing site is only the first of many decisions that will have to be made. As was illustrated in the work done for the Options for the Future Committee by Bexson Construction, there are several good design possibilities for the existing site with cost estimates ranging anywhere from just over $2M to $2.7M based on 2011 construction costs.
It is most important that we give everyone who is interested, a chance to get involved in this exciting “once in a lifetime” opportunity to create a new church facility. How best to involve everyone is one of the first decisions that will need to be made. Stay tuned!
Local engineering and construction firms with the capability of taking on a project like ours are being contacted regarding possible involvement.

Resolving the Parking Issue

Ken Kay on behalf of Central Board has been working with realtors and owners of property immediately west of the church to see if one or more of these lots could be purchased for future parking space. We are pleased to announce that a sales agreement has been signed to purchase the house and lot immediately west of the church. To expedite the transaction, the actual purchase is being made by two of our church families who intend to donate the property to the church at a later date.
As the house has been used as office space for several years, it may well be very suitable for temporary office space during a future construction project.

Some Frequently Asked Questions
When will a final decision be made regarding this project?

Once it becomes clear that the congregation can and will financially support this project, several authorizations and approvals are required. For example, the Board of Trustees must seek the approval of St. Paul Presbytery.

When will construction start?
Most optimistically, the earliest that any demolition and construction could start would be in the spring of 2012. But there is much work to be done before construction can begin. A later start date is more realistic.

Do we have any money saved for this project?

The congregation has about $133,000 in its “future development fund”. There have also been some recent pledges and donations made in anticipation of this project.

How long will construction take?

We have been advised that a project like this could take approximately 10 – 12 months to complete.

Are there plans for “temporary accommodation” during construction?
Possible office and worship space alternatives are being explored. If anyone has ideas about possible alternatives, please don’t hesitate to pass them along to Ken Kay or any member of Central Board.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to get involved in this project, please let us know. You can do so by contacting the church office at 780 875-8959; by email to graceunited.news@gmail.com or by speaking with a member of Central Board.

GRACE NEWS Special Edition – May 2011

Approximately 75 people attended the “Options for the Future” informational meeting held on April 12. At the meeting, consultants from Bexson Construction provided some preliminary design ideas for two new church options –a “new site” option and an “existing site” option incorporating the current sanctuary. An information package has been widely distributed that summarizes three variations for the “current site” option and cost information for a “new site” option. Paper copies are available from the church office. If you would like a digital copy of this information, please send an email request to graceunited.news@gmail.com or call the church office at 780 875-8959.

Coming to a Consensus

Choosing the “right option” is important but doing so in the “right way” is just as important! For this reason, Central Board and the Options for the Future Committee want to make certain that whatever we decide about our church facility, it leaves our congregation “united” and excited about the future. We want to make sure that all options are fully explored and everyone has had an opportunity to “hear and be heard”. As such, Central Board is planning several initiatives in the next couple of months.
These initiatives are being planned and timed in the hope that an “option” can be decided upon before the end of June.
Once an option is agreed upon, fund raising can begin. When it is clear that the preferred option is financially viable, then we can move ahead with formal approvals and detailed planning.

What Initiatives?

1. This special newsletter will provide every individual and family with basic information on each of the options. Information about the “existing site” option is not being repeated in this newsletter because it is available elsewhere (see above). But more detailed costing is being provided in this newsletter concerning the “new site option”. Information and discussion about a “renovation option” is also included.
2. Sunday-after-Worship “coffee” discussions are being planned for May 29 and June 5 in the Upper Hall to allow more discussion on the options and the many related issues. (See below)
3. A “coffee and discussion” session is planned for Thursday May 26th at 7:30 p.m. This is a special opportunity for those who are new to the Grace family or who are “new” to the issues and options and who would like to know more about how we have gotten to this point in our history. (See below)
4. An “every family” telephone consultation is being planned for early-to-mid June. These conversations are intended to seek feedback, answer questions, clarify misunderstanding and determine the degree of support and enthusiasm for each of the three options. (See below)
5. Assuming that a clear “option preference” emerges through the consultation process, arrangements will be made for a congregational meeting following the service on Sunday, June 26. The congregation will be asked to express formal support for the preferred option identified.
6. Once a preferred option is chosen, the Fund Raising and Stewardship Committees can begin to plan how we will make this investment in our future.
7. When it is clear that financial support is not in doubt, formal approvals will be sought from the courts of the United Church of Canada and detailed planning can begin.

“After-Church” Discussion of Options
After worship on Sunday, May 29 and again on June 5 during “coffee” in the Upper Hall, five discussion “stations” are being organized at which people can learn more about the “options” and related issues. More importantly, you will be able to raise questions and share your views with others. Questions raised and comments made during these “station” discussions will be recorded and shared with the wider congregation.
The five discussion “stations” will be:
➢ The mission of our church congregation.
➢ Financial information and issues related to the options.
➢ A discussion of the renovation option.
➢ A new church on the current site, using the current sanctuary.
➢ Building a new church on a new site.
Please plan to get involved in these important discussions on the future of our church.

May 26 - “New to the Issues” Coffee and Discussion Evening

Some of our church family members, while not continuously involved in the life of our church, are most willing to assist with special events and fundraising events such as the Fair Booth, Garage Sale, Salad Smorg and the Time and Talent Auction.
Others in our “family”, while only worshipping with us on special church celebrations are, nonetheless, very interested in and supportive of Grace United.
And there are yet others in our family, while raised in the United Church tradition, are not currently active in our church.
If any of the above describes your relationship to your Grace family, you are especially invited to come to this evening event to learn more about the “options for the future” of your church.
It will be held in the Upper Hall on Thursday May 26th at 7:30 p.m. and is intended only for those in the “Grace” family who are new to the facility issues of the church.
The views and opinions of all of our church family members are desired and valued as we look to the future. Please plan to attend.

“Every Family” Telephone Consultation

Central Board has accepted the suggestion that the best way to ensure that each person has had an opportunity to express his/her view on the future of our church is to ask them for it! So after the above described information-sharing and discussion events have taken place, every effort will be made to contact everyone in the Grace family by phone to learn which of the options is favored and to see if there is a consensus option that most can support. If so, the congregation will be asked to endorse the “consensus plan” on Sunday, June 26. Once the congregation has made its decision, formal approvals can be sought and detailed planning can begin!
We will need about 20 people to assist with the phoning project. If you are familiar with the options and would be comfortable answering questions that people might ask of you, please contact the church office by phone or email before May 20. Your assistance would be appreciated.

The Options

Questions and comments following the April 12 meeting suggest that people would like to see more information made available to everyone in the “Grace family”. The following information and discussion is intended to inform, not to shift opinion toward or away from any option.
While factual information is important, subjective issues and considerations that cannot easily be measured in monetary terms are at least as important. These include but are not limited to the following:
➢ Relationship of church mission and geographic location.
➢ What is our “time horizon”? Ten years, 30 years or more?
➢ How important is the issue of parking?
➢ How important is having “single-purpose” space vs. multi-use space?
➢ Sanctuary design and worship style.

The New Site Option

The cost-estimates provided by our consultants for the “new site” option were higher than many expected. At our request, Justin Young of Bexson Construction has provided the following additional cost information.
Included in the April 12 estimates are these “site costs”.
Site clearing and preparation $45,000
Shape Yard $22,000
Approach Aprons $8,000
Caste in place curbs and gutters $15,000
Natural Gas (rough est.) $13,000
Electrical service (rough est.) $35,000
Water and sewer (from property) $15,000
Storm sewer system $70,000
Paving $220,000
Fencing and landscaping $20,000
Misc surveying, engineering etc. $15,000
Total of above $478,000

The above figures are based on similar-sized projects that Bexson Construction has done. The new building costs provided on Aril 12 were based on actual church construction cost experience provided to our consultants by a Saskatoon architect. These figures did not include any allowance for interior furnishings or equipment except for a commercial grade kitchen.
Discussion: Building on a new site would eliminate any design constraints imposed by incorporating the existing sanctuary and the size and shape of the current property. There would be no need to seek alternate worship and administrative accommodation during construction. Provision could be made for any desired number of parking stalls.
The issue of what to do with the current church property should the congregation move to another site can be viewed as a major problem or a valued asset depending on one’s viewpoint. It appears that we will be making our decision without knowing which it is.
Current assumptions about the size and cost of a “new site” option are based on some multi-use space (sanctuary and hall for example).

The “Current Site” Option

Much of the information contained in the handout (referred to earlier) outlines three design variations for a new church on the current site. This information will not be repeated here except to clarify that the cost information included A/C and lighting upgrades for the sanctuary and $40,000 for repair to the existing brick exterior and windows (including the east-facing window in the mezzanine).

This option retains the current “downtown” tradition and utilizes the current sanctuary. One variation involves a single-storey structure (necessitating multi-use of some space) while two other variants involve second-storey space to permit single-use space for current needs.
Incorporating the existing sanctuary into the “current site” option accounts for a major part of the lower cost of this option. The other major cost saving involves land-servicing costs (see new site option).
Renting space (10 spaces in the Streetscapes lot) and the additional on-street parking on the west side of the 50th Street (between 46 and 47 Street) has eased congestion but does not provide sufficient parking when the church is full to capacity. Securing additional property west of the current church for use as additional parking has not been successful to date. Available parking on the existing property would be reduced from six to three spaces by this option.

The “Renovation” Option

Personnel from Bexson Construction and their mechanical systems consultants have become familiar with our current structure and its mechanical systems as they prepared design variations and cost estimates for the “existing site” option. They also provided information to the “Options Committee” a year ago regarding the cost of possible renovations.
“Even if a small renovation is completed, the code states that the remaining portion of the facility has to be upgraded” (to the current building code requirements). “This includes fire alarms, handicap accessibility and building exits etc.” …” If you are renovating, it is highly advised to upgrade the mechanical and electrical services.” Quotes taken from email correspondence with Justin Young, P. Eng. Bexson Construction.
Recommended renovations included:
A new roof to the Upper Hall and office areas. $120,000
Window replacements on Upper Hall and west wall of office area. $10,000
Door replacement on west wall facing back lane. $4,000
Insulation and cladding on north and west walls of existing structure. $75,000
Mechanical upgrade including A/C for existing building. $116,000
Fire protection, including upgraded water service, and alarm system. $102,500
Complete basement renovation including new washrooms. $200,000
New kitchen addition including new equipment. $275,000
New east window above the mezzanine $10,000
Sound and media system allowance $70,000
Sanctuary redecorating and minor upgrades $100,000
Total for above renovation work $1,082,000

Weighing the cost savings of this option against the functional limitations of the current “non-sanctuary” facility is at the very heart of our “Options for the Future” dilemma.

Can We Afford a New Church?

Every member of the Grace United Church family will play a role in determining the future of our church building and thus the future mission of our church. By becoming aware of the options available and voicing your opinion on which direction you feel should be chosen, you will help us come to a consensus on which way to proceed.
What option we choose to proceed with will also be determined by the financial commitment made by each and every one of us.
Grace United Church has recently become the recipient of two bequests. The bequest left by the Estate of Carol Eggan is a designated bequest for stained glass windows. A large undesignated bequest has been left to Grace United Church by the Estate of David Jones. At present a policy is being drawn up to govern how we deal with such bequests. Although, some of it will be put toward financing the building project, some of it may be spent on funding specific programs (i.e. Youth Ministry) or certain Mission & Service projects of the church.
It is the time to seriously consider how you can become part of the future of our church, which we are so proud of. Some may consider to set aside an amount monthly from a pay cheque or investment, others may think of some fundraising projects they will look after, others may wish to pledge a yearly or one time amount. Whatever you are capable financially of giving to this project, it is important and will make a difference. We all have the opportunity to feel very proud to be contributing to the future of our church home – Grace United Church.

Building a Church Builds a Church

We can all think of truly rewarding events, projects or initiatives that we’ve worked on in years past. United Church congregations are filled with unselfish and community-minded people. But it has been over two generations since Grace United people have had the opportunity to work together on a major project. We have an aging building with important limitations. While we may differ on what should be done to improve the structure, no one is suggesting that nothing needs to be done.
Regardless of the option chosen, we have an opportunity to use this project to open up our congregation to engage and involve more individuals and families who want to make the “New Grace United” their church home and church family.
There will be literally hundreds of decisions to be made, regardless of the option chosen. And we have hundreds of people in our church with interest and expertise in everything from building design to energy efficiency to electronics to decorating. Failing to capitalize on this opportunity to build involvement and fellowship would be a tragedy.

. Notice - On May 15 the Choir is leading the Worship Service. And during the service, the choir will honor Gladys Jack for over 55 years in Grace Choir. We invite everyone to bring a friend or neighbor for this special service of music.

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Approximately 120 individuals and families are receiving the email copy only of this "special edition" newsletter thus saving work, paper costs and approximately $70 in postage. If you received a "paper copy" of this newsletter it is because we do not have your email address at Grace. If you do not mind getting your newsletter via email, please make that request to graceunited.news@gmail.com