2020 Vision Capital Campaign

For 150 years we have been doing ministry. Housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, providing space for life changing recovery groups, preaching the good news of God's Love, ministering to the needs of a growing community.

Our building is in need of repair and restoration to make it the welcoming, safe and sustainable place for worship, education and service to our community and our world that we want it to be.

You are invited to join in this effort through your time, talent and financial support. Together we can answer God's call to be the church for today and tomorrow.

Check here for the latest updates and news as we turn this vision into reality.

See the latest photos here.

Construction Update

October 25, 2018 - 1:02pm

This week we saw the concrete work continued on the ramp entrance to our two buildings. Currently the only access to our CE building is through the back door at the parking lot OR via entering the Sanctuary building at the Main street entrance then crossing through the breezeway. The ramp is completely blocked.

The CE building infill wall work continues. The mock up window install will be approved next Tuesday and then that process can begin. Windows will soon be delivered and stored in the classrooms until installation. Skim coating is planned for late this week on the entryway walls. The design of the new handrails in the entryway stairs to the Fellowship Hall and the classrooms is in process. There will be a center handrail installed on both sets of stairs in addition to the side handrails.

Work in the Sanctuary continued with skim coating of the back wall below the newly exposed windows planned for late this week. The new chancel walls are under construction with drywall work coming up soon. The choir loft ceiling has been framed to improve the flow of sound out of that area. Electrical work and HVAC work is being done although that is not that visible when staring through the windows but it sure is when the lights go out in the office while working!

Stay tuned here each week for updates as we progress through this exciting time.

Construction Update

October 19, 2018 - 11:59am

This week we saw the major work begin on the ramp entrance to our two buildings. Currently the only access to our CE building is through the back door at the parking lot OR via entering the Sanctuary building at the Main street entrance then crossing through the breezeway. The ramp is completely blocked. What was planned to take three weeks is being pushed to get done in two weeks to minimize the impact on accessibility. Pray for good weather and efficient construction! The CE building windows have now all been removed and the framing for the new windows is complete. Next week should see the infill wall work begin. The windows are on order and are on time. We should see new windows before the end of the month. Work in the Sanctuary is in full swing and the area is currently off limits. If you want to see what’s happening feel free to enter the Narthex and look through the windows but please stay out of the main sanctuary for safety. Stay tuned here each week for updates as we progress through this exciting time.

Construction is About to Begin

September 22, 2018 - 6:26am
It has been a busy summer for the Building Oversight Committee, working through all the many  details associated with the capital construction project. Their efforts led to a signed contract on September 13 with our general contractor, R&H Construction, and that work is scheduled to begin on September 24. 
Over the summer, several tasks were accomplished prior to finalizing the scope of work provided by our contract with R&H, including the following milestones:
  • Building permits obtained from the City of Hillsboro.
  • Interior design committee worked to coordinate the color palette and interior finishes for sanctuary and fellowship hall. 
  • A new organ is on order and slated for installation in early December. 
  • Planning and research was done on several projects outside the R&H contract including new pew cushions, new locks/keypads for exterior doors, energy efficient lighting upgrades and office fan installation.
  • The Board of Directors received a $50K donation with a portion designated for carpet installation in Fellowship Hall and a professional carpet cleaning system to maintain it.
  • Roofing projects were completed on the main sanctuary roof.
  • Research was conducted regarding preferred materials for new decorative panels in the chancel.
A decision was also made to postpone the installation of the 3-level lift in order to redirect funds for the creation of an ADA accessible bathroom in the CE building. Unfortunately, we do not have funds to adapt the bathroom either. This and some other projects will remain on hold until budget impacts of the current scope of work becomes more clear and whether there are unforeseen conditions which could drive up the costs of construction. 
After worship on Sunday, September 23, a work party is scheduled for 12:30 pm, to get the building ready for all of the work slated to occur over the next three months.  Help is needed to remove and store furniture and various other items to prepare for the start of construction on September 24.  All are welcome and everyone who is able is encouraged to spend a few hours getting a little dusty and dirty for a good cause! 
On Tuesday, September 25, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. and everyone is invited.
In about a month, worship will move to Fellowship Hall for approximately three weeks to include October 21, October 28 and November 4. If all goes well, the sanctuary should be complete by the first Sunday in Advent. 

Construction Timeline and Plans

April 7, 2018 - 10:22am

On 29-March, the committee met with the architect, Michelle, for the first review of construction documents.

On 10-April, the architect will visit for a site walk-thru with members of the Building Oversite Committee (BOC)

On 27-April, with plan drawings 90% complete, Michelle, members BOC and R&H Construction will review with better cost estimates.

On 2-May, the final plans should be approved by the building oversight committee (Jerry Baugh, chair).

On 8-May, the architect will submit plans for city permits.

Construction will take 3 months: 9-July to 9-October.

The general contractor won’t handle everything. We will subcontract elsewhere for asbestos abatement and to replace the sanctuary roofing material. Negotiations are under way to purchase a new Rogers organ, and sound system upgrades will include wireless signals to hearing aids.

Project under consideration to include in the contract:

  • The chancel back wall will include a smooth curved section with natural wood acoustical panels on each side. The chancel platform will not be lowered and there is little we can do to make it ADA accessible.
  • We will include ADA modifications where we can. The lift in the CE stairwell will be replaced with a new 3-level lift to enable access to the CE lower level (65K$). No bathroom changes are planned, but door handles will change from knobs to levers. The 5th street entrance will include a ramp and stair steps.
  • New windows in CE building will replace 3 out of each 5-window section and eliminate 40% of the windows to provide wall space for acoustic treatment and display space. The same treatment for north (courtyard) & south (parking lot) sides will provide symmetry. Fellowship hall plans do not include wood flooring (30K$) but will include a ceiling acoustic treatment – perhaps a coating on the beams.
  • We will retain existing windows in the CE stairwell, but add a tint to shade the area on hot summer mornings. The narthex will be carpeted. And we hope finances allow enclosing the breezeway with a new front door and a sliding glass door to the courtyard.

Plans are in flux and subject to change – so stay tuned!

Survey Results

April 6, 2018 - 8:52pm

During February we shared feedback in two focus group meetings and online in a surveymonkey questionnaire. The results were shared at the congregational meeting on March 4, and reflect an incredible diversity of thoughts and ideas. A few highlights are shown below:

The first question asked “How excited are you about this campaign?”, and 64 responses averaged 80%. The second question asked to rank the priority of 3 phases. More responses showed the sanctuary as top priority, CE building as second priority, and entry as third priority.

Question 3 (sanctuary projects) and question 4 (CE projects) are combined in the graph below. The projects are listed top to bottom in order of average preference (higher priority at top) and agreement (larger variation = more controversy at bottom).

The results were not entirely consistent. While question 2 favored the sanctuary building, questions 4 & 5 led with CE related projects (4 of the top 5). Lowering the chancel space had few supporters, and the organ replacement is polarized with both lovers and haters.

Thank you to all who participated. Your feedback is vital to our committee defining the scope of work to be included in the campaign.