Preserve Our Building Fund Drive
2020 marks the 15th year of our Preserve Our Building drive at First Unitarian Church. Jaime Alexander had the original idea of starting the fund to put aside money specially to maintain our 100-year-old building and its magnificent sanctuary. The original impetus for his thought was the major restoration of the sanctuary, which occurred in 2004, made possible by the maturation of the Erickson bond, a generous gift to the church by Gordon and Olive Erickson some years earlier. So, in order to maintain the stunning beauty of our sanctuary and its century-old edifice, and with Jaime as midwife, the fund was born. Well, it was actually voted into existence by the Board at the suggestion of the Finance Committee.
Monies in the fund may only be used for the purpose of non-routine building maintenance, and expenditures may only be made with the approval, by vote, of the members of the congregation. The last such expenditure ($20,000) was approved in 2018 to contribute to major restoration work to the large windows in the sanctuary, which were showing signs of their age. This project remains ongoing, as restoration work done well usually takes time. Much appreciation to Bob Perrin for his work in overseeing this project.
This year we are not mailing a solicitation for POB funds, but are asking only through church publications. Our current fund balance stands at $76,054.20. Those of us promoting this project know that our members and friends are generous in their support of the church and its programs, and we are asking you to consider a contribution, large or small, to this special project. Your assistance will help ensure the inspirational beauty of our church home for years to come. Help maintain the well, so that we, and others who will come later, may drink.
Checks should be made out to First Unitarian Church with POB marked in the memo line. Send your check to the church office or drop it in the collection plate on Sunday. Cash donations can be placed in one of the church envelopes located in the pews. Be sure to indicate that the contribution is for Preserve our Building. Contact the church office for contributions by credit card and other means. Thank you for your support!