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Connecting Our Community Campaign


What is the Connecting Our Community Campaign?

Our 2012 strategic plan focused on four key principles: accessibility, worship facilitation, connectedness, and intergenerational opportunities

Reaching the Connecting Our Community campaign goal of $2,500,000 will allow us to make changes to our facilities that will bring these principles fully to life. Connecting functionality to mission will enable us to strengthen our connection to the Holy, strengthen our connections with one another, and strengthen our connections with our wider community.


April 24, 2017 - Campaign Kick-Off Event – Sunday, April 30th

Yes, dear friends, the Super Bowl is long passed, and most tail gate parties won’t resume until fall.  However, we at First Parish Church have our own tail gate party this Sunday, April 30.  Immediately following worship, we’ll gather in the vestry and beyond for an extended more elaborate than usual fellowship hour with an abundance of finger food and exploration. We’re calling it the Kick-Off to the Connecting Our Community capital campaign.

  • Start out in the vestry and satisfy your hunger pangs.  Goodies will also be served in the chapel or on the lawn depending upon the weather.
  • Hear four or five inspirational speeches by teens and those twice their age – no longer than five minutes total.
  • Check out the video produced by the Communications Committee under Paige Mangum’s leadership. This will run continuously in the vestry.
  • Follow the hard hat guys and gals to the building/renovation sites.  Yellow tape will make out the sanctuary spaces we expect to reconfigure.  Outdoors stakes and string will mark out the entrances to Pilgrim House where we plan to create all those aids to greater accessibility and an enhanced experience of community: the elevator, newer ramps, the garden gathering place near the Cleaveland St. entrance.
  • Note also the hard hat gang’s lapel stickers: ASK ME WHY.  Ask them why THEY support Connecting Our Community.
  • Hear Hector Casas, co-chair of the campaign, announce the results of the first wave of commitments, the advance gift stage.
  • Note the six foot tall thermometer in the vestry which will portray graphically what Hector will state verbally.  Check it out each week until the closing campaign celebration the last Sun. of June.
  • Try a couple of games which are there just for the fun of it.
  • We expect the party to be over in about an hour.  You’ll really want to be there.  And, if you own a hard hat, why not wear it as a sign of your identification with our goals to strengthen our relationship to The Holy, enhance the reality of community together, and strengthen our connections with the wider community of Greater Brunswick.

He who writes this article quotes himself this month, “Whenever I sit in worship, I continue to think, ‘How excellent to cherish the past; how even more excellent to embrace the future.’  Hence my enthusiastic endorsement of this campaign.” – Chuck Erb



April 10, 2017 - Connecting Our Community

We want you to know more about what is going on during Phase I of the Connecting Our Community $2,500,000 capital campaign. The campaign co-chairs, Hector Casas and Mercie Normand, have been hard at work, along with campaign volunteers to create compelling and informative literature about the campaign. From April through June, all First Parish members and friends will be receiving this information in the mail, along with a personal invitation to participate in the campaign.

In the next several weeks, volunteers from First Parish will start calling on members and friends to schedule a visit. This will be a wonderful opportunity for connection, conversation and input about the campaign and a time for pledge commitments. All pledges are confidential and can be paid over a period of three years. We will honor gifts of all sizes and hope that everyone will consider a gift to the campaign according to your heart’s call and your financial capabilities. This campaign is an exciting opportunity for each of us to reach out to impact the present and touch the future in a spirit of generosity!

The Design/Build Team continues to work with Scott Simons Architects to fine-tune proposed designs for each project. The Design/ Build Team will update the congregation about proposed plans and revisions as information is available.

Mark your calendars for April 30th when we will host a campaign kick-off celebration immediately after worship! Make plans to join the campaign committee for a time of food, balloons, hard-hat tours of the proposed project sites, a scavenger hunt and other fun events.



April 1, 2017 - Connecting Our Community Campaign Underway!

The Connecting Our Community $2,500,000 capital campaign is underway! We are excited to be moving forward with the first phase of visiting would-be donors in the congregation starting in April.

Our theme, Connecting Our Community, gets to the very heart of what these building projects – and our church’s mission – are all about. As a congregation we voted in January 2017 to make changes to our facilities that will strengthen our connections to the Holy, to each other and to our neighbors in the wider community.

In a nutshell, here’s what we’re planning:

  • Sanctuary – a reconfiguration of the chancel will make the pulpit more accessible with a ramp and wider stairs across the front. The stairs will serve as safe, stable risers for the choirs. The pulpit will be made movable for more flexible use of the chancel space. Some transept pews will be replaced by chairs for those who need more comfortable and accessible seating. Audiovisual upgrades will provide a better worship experience for all.
  • Pilgrim House (East Entrance) – an addition to the parking lot entrance will provide elevator access to all three levels. Each level will have new ADA approved restrooms.
  • Pilgrim House (Cleaveland St. Entrance) – A community green space will surround an accessible ramp to this entrance where a lobby addition will serve as an airlock to conserve energy.
  • Other energy saving improvements throughout Pilgrim House.

To find out more, you are invited to our family-friendly campaign kick-off celebration after worship on Sunday, April 30th. We’ll have food, balloons, hard-hat tours of the sites undergoing changes, a scavenger hunt and other fun events.




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