Stonington UMC’s Building Project

6/6 – SUMC Votes Unanimously to demoliSH and Construct
this summer!

We are now meeting as often as necessary to move the project forward.
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
NOTE: All our meetings are open and members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.  If you feel uncomfortable meeting in-person due to COVID-19 concerns, please contact any member of the Building Committee.

View Our Building Plans

Click Here for Colored Rendering of Proposed Front Exterior

click Here for FLoor Plan of Proposed New Church Structure

HOW TO GIVE TO THE PROJECT: Write “building fund”
in the memo of your check or envelop to designate your contribution!
We ask that you do not mingle general offering/tithe and designated money on a single check.

1. Tim B., chair                                          2. Danny L., vice chair, leader of ‘Financial Considerations’
3. Marilyn D.                                              4. Cynthia M., leader of ‘Membership Surveying’
5. Leslie D.                                                  6. Laurie L.
7. Rita A., leader of ‘Field Research’      8. Edie W.
9. Jeannine C., secretary                        10. Pastor, ex officio

Starting to fill on 7-22-21


   Down in  the basement in the afternoon of 7-19-21                                    

Demolition site in the afternoon on 7-13-21


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 The Building Committee met on July 21, 2021 at the church office in the Community Center.  Present were:  Chairman Tim B., Steve Y., Laurie L., Rita A., Edie W., Ray L., Faye L., Leslie D., Danny L., Cynthia M., Mac M., Pastor Brennan, and Jeannine C.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.  Pastor Brennan offered an opening prayer.  The minutes were approved as sent.

Tim reported that the last of the bricks have been hauled away.  CA-6 fill will be used instead of clay.  Survey pins will be set next week.  New electric service to the parsonage will be buried.

It was decided that the interior door jams will be wood.  There was a review of floor plans.  David Lipe, the architect, was given permission to put up a sign while the church is under construction.  

According to Jack Trimble, lumber prices are coming down and steel is going up.

A Memorial Plaque was discussed.  No decision was made at this time.  Another suggestion was put forth to not list names but thank church members of the past.  

Honor Bricks will be considered in the future.  A new suggestion was that they could be put in the triangle with benches.  

The foundation will probably be poured in August.  It was suggested to have a ceremony/photo op to mark the start of the construction of the new building.  Pastor Brennan will make plans.  The District Superintendent has shown interest in attending such an event. 

Cynthia shared that Mike R. had contacted her to say he would be interested in working on a sound system in the new church.  

The next meeting will be on August 18, 2021.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

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The Building Committee met on July 7, 2021 at the church office in the Community Center.  Present were: Chairman Tim B., Bob S., Danny L., Cynthia M., Rita A., Steve Y., Laurie L., Edie W. Chris P, and Jeannine C.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.  Edie opened with prayer.  The minutes from the last meeting were approved.  

Chris P. from the Scott State Bank was present to discuss the loan resolution for the building project.  After discussion, Rita made a motion for the loan resolution found below.  Laurie seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.  

“The Building Committee authorized that the following named individuals be designated to act on behalf of the Church in the negotiation with the Scott State Bank in procuring the necessary financing for the building of our new Church.

The following named individuals have the authority to open a checking account with the Scott State Bank for the purposes of receiving loan advances from the Line of Credit loan that the Scott State Bank has approved for the building project.  They will also be approved to pay out such advances as designated by the Building Committee as necessary.    Robert E. S., Danny R. L., and Steven S. Y.

The following named individuals have the authority to sign any and all notes and mortgages obligating the Church for the Line of Credit loan that is being advanced.       Timothy B. B., Danny R. L.

The following named individuals will have the authority to contact the bank when draws are needed from the Line of Credit to pay necessary construction costs.  These loan advances will be deposited in the Church’s checking account at the Scott State Bank.     Timothy B. B., Danny R. L., Robert E. S.”

Chris went over additional fees for the $900,000 loan.  Papers required for the loan were signed.

The contract with Trimble Construction was presented.  Tim will sign it and send it to Trimble.

Information for windows on the North and South sides of the building was examined.  The windows on the South side will have built in blinds.  The contract for windows will be sent in.  

Kenny O. will move his equipment for demolition in on July 8th.  Sidewalks and trees will be removed first.

HVAC units have been removed and put in storage.  One from the church will be used to replace the one at the parsonage.  We may not be able to use the rest of the units in the new church as the size may not be right for our needs.

Tree removal is almost complete.  The oak tree in the backyard at the parsonage will be trimmed.  The walnut tree west of the church will be removed.

The ladies would like to replace the freezer from church with an upright.  The chest freezer from the old church building will be offered to the Park District.  If they can use it, we will give it to them for free.

The sign from the front of the church probably won’t be used at the new church.  If so, it will be given to the Solliday family as it had been a memorial to a family member.

Danny stated he is working on securing insurance for the church building and contents.

The next meeting of the committee will be on July 21st at 7:00 p.m.  Meetings are open to all members of the congregation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

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The Building Committee met on June 22, 2021 at the Community Center.  Present were:  Chairman Tim B., Danny L., Steve Y., Mac M., Cynthia M., Edie W., Laurie L., Leslie D.,  and Jeannine C.  The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Edie gave an opening prayer.  Minutes from the last meeting were approved. 

The demolition bid was awarded to Kenny O.  The tree removal will not exceed $6000.  The power pole will be moved across the alley instead of burying it.  The line to the parsonage will be buried.  The IEPA Permit allows demolition to begin as early as July 8th.  The rescheduled asbestos abatement will begin June 24th.  The water and gas have been shut off at the church.  The bathroom fixtures have been removed to ready the bathrooms for asbestos abatement.  Trimble will remove the windows and bell before demolition.

The church move to the Community Center will take place June 23rd.  Football players, perhaps 20-25, will be helping.  Dinner for the players and helpers will be served at noon.  There was a review of items to leave in the church.   

The Community Center has WIFI which we can use.  The service at church has been cancelled.  We decided to pay an extra $50 per month to the Community Center since we will be using their WIFI instead of paying that amount at the church.

Danny will think about how speakers from the church can be used at the Community Center site.  Tim mentioned he has some speakers at home that could be tried.

Jack needs us to nail down the layout in the near future.  

Alex W.  is going to bid on air conditioning and heating of the dining area, office, and kitchen.

The next meeting will be July 7th at 7:00 p.m.  Meetings are open to all members of the congregation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m.




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