Vision Statement II

To establish community outreach that meets the needs of our internal and external communities, encourages multigenerational participation, and supports sustainable partnerships led by passionate and engaged parishioners.
Building Maintenance and Enhancements: $265,000

More and more of our local community utilizes our church space. Our partnership with the Lutheran Church of Framingham has greatly increased our outreach and daily use of our church space by programs representing multi generations. Programs such as AA, ESOL, youth music and dance programs, businesses and the many internal outreach programs that come together weekly serve important needs in our local community. Maintaining the building is a necessary part of building our future and supporting this strategic vision. The following items are needed to support our building maintenance and enhancements:

Solar panels: removal and replacement of panels that occur with our roof replacement project.
Roof: Despite a very committed and thoughtful roofing replacement project 13 years ago, a defect in the shingle has resulted in significant deterioration that necessitates another roof replacement project. The Organic Asphalt Shingle selected 13 years ago was cutting edge at that time and consistent with the church’s desire to make environmentally conscious decisions. We are not alone with our misfortune. There has been a class action lawsuit against this company that unfortunately has not resulted in any financial return to assist with any portion of a roof replacement. There is urgency in replacing this roof so that additional building issues do not occur from leaks. Much thought and review has been conducted over the past seven months in selecting our final roofing product and company. After ongoing discussions, we believe that we have considered all the factors that would prevent this from happening in the future.
Accessibility Compliance: To be a fully welcoming church we must be committed to improving our accessibility. As we work toward creating a fully accessible building the following capital projects support this vision:
Accessibility Ramp: This ramp will be aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. The ramp will allow access into the Memorial Room entrance so there is access to both the church and Harris Hall thereby creating open access to anyone with a physical disability. The ramp itself will be heated for winter months reducing the need for salt to keep the ramp safe for all to use.
Accessible Electronic Door: The Memorial Room door must be replaced to allow for us to meet building codes and to put in place an electronic door. This will allow for easy entrance for those in wheel chairs and other assistive devices to enter easily and safely.
Accessible Parking: With the addition of the ramp, the current designated accessible (handicapped) parking is a far distance from the newly proposed ramp. This cost includes the design and paving of one or two handicap spaces near the ramp and a handicap drop off area.
Parking Lot: A well maintained parking lot is essential- it must be without cracks and holes so those who are using our church and parish hall are able to be safe and without injury. A well-kept parking lot indicates a vibrant church community. Having clearly painted lines also assists in making sure large groups of visitors are parking effectively and safely. The costs of the parking lot include:
Option 1: $15,000 Repainting the lines: this refreshes the current painted lines and provides a new feel to the parking lot.
Option 2: $50,000 Repair and replacement of worn pavement: there are areas with cracks through natural wear and tear that need replacement to keep the parking lot in good repair. Painting of lines.