What is Building for the Future (BFF) at UCM?

Building for the Future is the name of our proposed project that is intended to help UCM more fully live our mission.

The project encompasses building renovations, increased accessibility and sustainability, and enhanced benefits for staff.

To learn more read our Frequently Asked Questions!

We are trying to reach out to as many members to inform, enlighten, and discuss BFF through a variety of ways:

 Turtle Tales in the UCM Weekly Announcements

 BFF Bulletin Board in the Vestry during coffee hours

Dedicated website listing all Committee and Work Group agendas, minutes from meetings of all groups working on BFF.   Visit bit.ly/UCM-BFF to learn more  details.

Send your questions to ucm.bff@gmail.com.

February 2020 Update

The February forums of the BFF Education Work Group included 27 attendees who had not participated in previous forums.  Their questions were primarily about the plan of the Executive Team for increased staff benefits and hours, the next iteration of a BFF construction plan and the timing of any future capital campaign.  Answers to these questions by reading the notes taken during the forums and posted on the Education Work Group page of the BFF website:  https://sites.google.com/view/ucm-bff-steering-committee/home.

The BFF Steering Committee and Construction Process Oversight Work Group have agreed upon concepts in the next iteration of a construction plan but are waiting for rough cost estimates from one or two different companies before recommending it to the Board.  You can learn about these concepts/iteration by reading the notes from the Steering Committee meeting of March 10 on the BFF website (use hotlink above).

Please contact (using Directory contact information) BFF Steering Committee Co-Chairs Paul Ohlson and/or Brenda Bean if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you, and stay well!”

A New Phase of Building for the Future

Suu, our beloved BFF mascot, was heartened by the October 27th  vote to engage a fundraising consultant. If not downright exuuberant, Suu is deeply appreciative of the work that so many have put in for so long to keep us moving into the future.

During NOVEMBER The Steering Committee invited EACH UCM Member /Friend to complete a SURVEY to express your priorities.  We thank everyone for their participation.  The results have been tabulated and the results can be found by clicking:  UCM_BFF_Survey-results.  Please continue to submit questions and suggestions to work group members or ucm.bff@gmail.com.

The results of the fundraising consultant – what is the giving capacity of our congregation for funding BFF – are back.  While the results are not quite what we had hoped for they do provide us with a roadmap on how we can achieve our current and long term goals.    The Executive Summary can be found here: Building for the Future (BFF) Feasibility Study Report – Executive Summary Only (January 2020)   And the complete report can be found here: Building for the Future (BFF) Final Feasibility Report (January 2020)

The BFF Steering Committee invites all interested UCM members and friends to three forums in February where we will discuss the results of the Feasibility Study and the direction for Building for the Future.
Please join us for one or more of these sessions:

Thursday 2/13 at Noon – brown bag lunch (snow date 2/14) in the Vestry
Monday 2/17 at 5 pm – snacks provided (snow date 2/18) in the Vestry
Sunday 2/23 at 12:15 pm – snacks provided (snow date 3/1) in the Sanctuary