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May 4, 2015 | Email #1: Preparations for master plan and capital campaign

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All In Campaign 2015

All In Campaign

An exciting season is upon us as we put our hands together and commit ourselves to being “All In” at Westbury UMC.

We believe the Spirit of God is stirring us to sacrificial and joyful obedience to God’s work done here on the corner of Willowbend and West Bellfort. To accomplish this, together we must make a renewed investment in our church building—a home to so many ministries, a place that is in need of critical repairs and updates.

The goals of the “All In” campaign are to:

  1. provide infrastructure repair and improve accessibility
  2. make improvements to the campus that will enhance gathering spaces for the congregation and community
  3. commit to funding the 2016 budget

Timeline of the Process

October 18, 2015 | Capital campaign kicks off in worship.

August 24, 2015 | Westbury UMC members voted and approved a capital campaign at the Church Conference.

August 7, 2015 | A leadership group made up of Church Council chairs and members of the Master Plan Committee met to review a Feasibility Report on fundraising provided by the experienced consultants at Horizons Stewardship.

August 2, 2015 | Jim Powell with the architecture firm, Merrimon, Holt and Powell, presented a summary of the Master Plan being considered to the congregation.

May–July 2015 | Exploratory work was done on master planning with members, pastors and staff interviewed by the architect as well as site visits to other churches to assess possible renovation strategies; also, a Feasibility Study was initiated by Horizons Stewardship to gauge interest and giving potential of a sampling of Westbury UMC members through surveys and interviews.

April 7, 2015 | The Church Council approved the recommendation of the study committee to secure a contract with campaign consultant Richard Rodgers of Horizons Stewardship. Additionally, the Council gave approval for the study committee to hire an architect to develop a master plan for the church’s facilities. The architecture firm selected was Merrimon, Holt and Powell.

November 2014 | Westbury UMC’s Church Council approved a set of strategic goals, one of which was “Building Updates for Ministry Needs.” As a result, the Council commissioned a study committee: 1) to assess the buildings and grounds to determine if they adequately facilitate current and future ministries, and 2) to provide a range of ideas and options to expand, remodel or relocate facilities, along with preliminary cost estimates, to support a capital campaign (if so approved by the congregation).