September 2018 –


Click here for the “contiguous” plan, in which all facilities are attached to each other.

Click here for the “non-contiguous” plan, in which facilities are separated by walkways.

These are NOT final drawings.  We need as much input as we can get to ensure that a final proposal includes as many good ideas as possible to solve the problems with our facilities that we have identified.  It will also increase the chances for consensus and support should we decide to move forward. Therefore,

  • We are NOT asking for your preference of one plan over the other
  • How does each plan solve / not solve your issues relating to expansion?
  • The Task Force is available on Sundays at coffee time to answer your questions and provide more detailed explanations and background information.
  • On Sundays, fill out index cards with your comments, OR
  • Anytime, fill out the form below

Facility Planning Feedback Form

Use to share information and ideas related to facility planning.


Our interactions with The Bauen Group Architecture officially began in January of 2018. Working with the Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force, the architect helped establish a structured process to explore our collective needs. Various constituent groups met with architect Tom Umbhau, including the Minister, Board, Sanctuary, Administration, Faith Formation, and general members. These interactive sessions gathered various “dreams, wishes, desires and needs” for decision-making. Sessions were open for anyone and the results from the feedback we received drove the process going forward. We are grateful there was such a high level of engaged involvement; thank you all for your participation so far!



==========  Earlier Entries  ==========

At the ALL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING May 9 @ 6 pm  Bauen Group architect, Tom Umbhau presented the first round of conceptual diagrams to all interested. Constituent groups and congregants are encouraged to listen to a recording of that session and take a look at the handouts that were distributed:

Tom Umbhau, audio of 05/09/18 meeting»

1. B&G.pdf
2. Fellowship.pdf
3. FaithFormation.pdf
4. Sanctuary.pdf
5. BOT.pdf
6. AtLarge.pdf
7. Admin.pdf

The Facility Planning Task Force would like to thank everyone that responded to the initial questionnaire we posted (either individually or through a committee).  In all we received 47 distinct submissions, and with those that responded as part of a group, we estimate that (in total) approximately 80 members and friends of the Fellowship spoke up about the hopes and dreams we share.

Feedback is STILL welcome, if you have any additional comments or suggestions please submit them using the form above.

The initial questionnaire responses have been shared with architect Tom Umbhau of Bauen Group, who will engage with the entire congregation again on May 9th at 6:00pm when he presents the first round of conceptual diagrams.  Congregants and constituent groups will have an opportunity for another round of inter-active dialogue with the architect, in late May.

Alice Mann is best known for her book  Raising the Roof  which describes the stages of growth that congregations experience.  We match her description of a “…congregation that is experiencing some pressure from [our] community [and cultural] context to grow.”  Mary Ocken gave a pulpit-talk on April 8th, providing a overview of this helpful book and highlighting some of the insights within.  You can find a link to the sermon HERE». As we are called to expand our walls, Mann invites us to consider that “It may be right for us to step up to another scale of ministry, for the sake of our Purpose or Mission.” This is a great reminder that our intentions and our facilities are the vessels that support our living faith and help us to bring our mission to life.

If you have questions about the process or further comments, you are welcome to offer your input. To continue the dialogue, ask a question or respond to the process thus far, come to a constituent group meeting and/or fill in the form below and click the Submit button or contact any member of the Facilities Planning Task Force.


Facilities Planning Task Force members:

Mary Ocken (chair)

Trenton Wann

Barbara Hawn

Mary Hockett

Tom Miller (as board representative)

As we explore our growth options, our job now is to seek more information, further identify our Fellowship needs, and chart how we might meet the changing needs of our seams-bursting campus.  This exploration will focus primarily on where we likely need to expand to meet growth demands 5-20 years from now; and may be actualized in a “phased-in” manner.

THE GOAL. For this long-range work more specifically, we are trying to better describe two possible options:  ONE concept is a dispersed campus, using existing buildings, or expanding the ones we have with stronger connectedness. The SECOND concept is of a consolidated facility which unites all campus functions.