Last Sunday members of the Posse, Board of Trustees, and staff held two Answer-Your-Questions sessions at JUC. Here are some of the highlights.
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Making Room Answer-Your-Questions Sessions
This Sunday after each service, 10:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
We know there are questions galore about our Making Room efforts and the church property we might buy. Representatives from the Posse project management team, the Board and the Shared Mission Team will provide a brief update, saving most of the time for YOU to ask questions about the possible move, budget projections, our capital campaign, and how decisions will be made along the way.
We’re a big congregation. We need a big bunch of volunteers. The Wider Horizons Capital Campaign officially starts next month. We’ll invite pledges from the whole congregation and the two best ways to do this are one on one get-togethers or in small groups. Join the team already working on this.
Yep, it’s mark the calendar time.
Sunday, February 23, after each service
What are you just dying to know about Making Room and the new property?
We’re holding two sessions -- one at 10:10 a.m. and the other at 12:10 p.m.
Many JUCers LOVE to talk - especially about JUC.
Lots of us enjoy being together, discussing ideas and possibilities, and finding ways to make things better.
We know many of you are super excited about the Making Room Project. Here are some ways you can help soon with the Capital Campaign, and bonus: it's social. You can get to know some others in our congregation better and help make our new campus a reality at the same time. Read more if this sounds like you!
What’s one of the most important elements in deciding whether to buy real estate? Information. Good, solid, thorough information. That’s why we are deep into due diligence at the Lakewood Church of the Nazarene campus. The purpose of due diligence is to let a potential buyer discover as much as possible about a property before deciding whether to buy it. We are now wrapping up a number of due diligence inspections at Lakewood Church of the Nazarene to dig into things not always visible to the naked eye – at least not the untrained naked eye.
You know, of course, that making serious renovations to a structure requires a building permit. And you probably know that can take some time. What you might not know is all the things that a planning department can require besides an architect’s drawings. Many, many things. A major site plan, for example. A drainage study. A traffic study. Things that can take many months (and many dollars) to complete.
So here’s good news. Rev. Wendy, church administrator Carol Wilsey, Posse Lead Debby Bower, and our Eidos architects recently had a meeting with officials from the Lakewood Planning Department.
The members of JUC’s Board of Trustees have voted unanimously to move forward with a capital campaign to raise the money for the church swap/purchase with Lakewood Church of the Nazarene.
Their vote was based on positive results from this fall’s Financial Feasibility Study (FFS). You may recall that our outside stewardship consultants had extensive conversations with 75 households several weeks ago about the swap/purchase. Based on those conversations, including estimates of what the households would consider donating, the consultants concluded that our congregation is primed to raise as much as $4 million to purchase LCN, make it JUC-ready, and begin the first phase of renovations. “The entire board was excited to see the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment of the congregation reflected in the feasibility report,” says Board President Paula Reed. “We are also taking into account the hopes, dreams, and concerns expressed there.”
The Capital Campaign co-chairs, Dea Brayden and Carol Wilsey, are gathering a team to begin a two-phase campaign after the holidays.
Perhaps you've heard that JUC has a posse and wondered -- what the heck is that about? Here's the deal. It's all part of the Making Room effort to find a larger property for JUC.
It became clear early last year that our efforts to find, analyze and recommend buying a larger property would require many, many hours of work - including detailed property evaluation, planning for fundraising, and communication. Since Rev. Wendy already has a rather robust schedule, she was encouraged to enlist a project management team to do some of that work. Trendy minister that she is, she named this team "The Posse". You may be relieved to know she did not issue them badges.
The JUC Board of Trustees is happy to announce that we have reached an agreement in principle to buy an existing church property in Lakewood that’s more than twice our size! Under this agreement, which will require the approval of our congregation only after extensive analysis, planning, and fundraising, JUC would actually swap campuses with the Lakewood Church of the Nazarene (LCN), 1755 Dover Street in Lakewood. Since LCN is so much larger, JUC would also pay LCN approximately two-million dollars in this transaction.
The overwhelming vote last year by the JUC congregation to search for a larger property was based on the simple fact that we have outgrown our beloved campus in Golden, particularly RE and meeting space and the sanctuary. After an extensive search throughout Jefferson County, the Board concluded that the LCN campus would provide us with both the location and the space we yearn for to better serve both our current members and future generations.