Our sanctuary renovation project moved an important step forward on June 26 when the Church Council, the governing body of LAUMC, unanimously approved that a feasibility study be conducted. Church Council authorized the Sanctuary Building Committee to hire the firm of Netzel Grigsby & Associates to perform this work and approved an Opportunity Fund grant of $37,000 for this purpose. This grant will cover all costs associated with the study, including the Netzel Grigsby contract and all associated costs necessary to support that firm’s work.
The feasibility study has three major objectives. First, it will assess LAUMC’s collective capacity and intent to support the proposed project. Specifically, the Church Council will gain a clear understanding of our financial capacity to support the capital spending required for the project. Second, and equally important, the study will provide a clear understanding of our capacity and readiness to sustainably support annual giving to LAUMC apart from these capital needs. Finally, we will gain a thorough understanding of our collective support of the project’s scope—to what degree it encompasses what we want done.
Work on this feasibility study has begun and will continue through October. At the study’s conclusion, Netzel Grigsby will report its summary findings along with recommendations for next steps. The Building Committee will share those results with the congregation through LAUMC’s communication channels.
The feasibility study is an important step in the project approval process, but certainly not the final one. At each step, we continue wanting to hear from you. Please email the Sanctuary Building Committee if you have further questions or comments about this study or the project.