First Parish Embarks on Capital Campaign


February 6, 2017

Margo Knight, Church Council Chair

Margo Knight, Church Council Chair

From Margo Knight, Church Council Chair, to the First Parish Community:

On January 29, our congregation voted to enter our fourth century with a bold step. We will undertake a $2.5 million capital campaign to update our facilities in order to help fulfill our mission and our strategic plan. As you are aware, our congregation has been studying and planning for these changes over the past several years. These are changes that would positively affect accessibility, worship, connectedness, and intergenerational connections in our spiritual life together. These changes would reflect our common values and open our ministry to all of our members and to our community.

The core projects include:
1. Parking lot entrance addition on Pilgrim House with elevator and accessible bathrooms
2. Pilgrim House energy upgrades
3. Accessible ramp, chancel modifications, pew replacement in the sanctuary
4. Cleaveland Street entrance ramp to Pilgrim House, modified to reduce the recommended terrace and include a connection to a new patio/ garden/gathering place on the front lawn
5. Audio-visual upgrades to the sanctuary
6. Replenish the replacement reserve account for the cost of the vestry ramp not yet funded through capital contributions

There are several stretch projects that we will address once we near our financial goal for these core projects.

Mercie Normand and Hector Casas have generously and enthusiastically agreed to be co-chairs of this effort that will last from now until mid-June. The Church Council voted to enter into a service agreement with Full Harvest Fundraising for $50,000 for capital campaign consulting. Peter Heinrichs and Susan Lewis, principals with Full Harvest, have worked with our church about these issues over the past three years. More information will be forthcoming as volunteers are recruited and the fundraising begins.

On behalf of the Church Council, I thank you for your support, energy and enthusiasm for our faith home, now and into our fourth century. We are inspired by the support of the congregation and by the vision of these changes and their positive effects coming to fruition.



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