April 30, 2020
Dear Trinity Family,
Mother Emily, the Vestry, and the Capital Campaign committee would like to thank you for your participation in the discernment phase of the proposed capital campaign. Your enthusiasm and opinions have given us great insights into what works well at Trinity, what our future needs may be, and how we can enhance Trinity’s mission and buildings going forward.
During the discernment phase, parishioners and pre-school parents and staff attended 12 meetings in person and online. About 100 people participated in this process, and we are particularly grateful to the generous hosts and facilitators who led the meetings. Attendees at these meetings expressed a deep love for, and commitment to, Trinity, giving us a strong foundation to build upon.
Feedback on the community overall was that Trinity is experienced as friendly and inclusive, with a diversity of people and families from a variety of backgrounds, interests, ages and talents. Programs and features most often mentioned as being important were outreach, music, youth and children’s programs, liturgy/worship/preaching, and opportunities to get involved and grow. We seek to appeal to families with children and young people, and to engage with the community to foster growth.
In discussing the buildings and property, attendees expressed interest in improving our physical plant while preserving what makes the church special, i.e. architecture, character, history. There was broad agreement that code, fire and safety issues need to be addressed, and several dimensions of accessibility improved. A variety of other improvements were mentioned as well.
While the significant interest in developing our buildings for ministry would normally have led us to take the next step in the capital campaign, a feasibility study, this Spring, the Vestry recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty make such a step premature. We will therefore pause the capital campaign for the time being. When the health and economic circumstances permit, the Vestry will decide how best to proceed. In the meantime, your Vestry and leaders will continue to explore ways to address these needs, and continue informal conversations about our vision for the future.
When circumstances permit, we will also find an opportunity to gather together and answer any questions you may have about the capital campaign.
Thank you for your engagement in this process. We pray for your health and safety, and for blessings in these challenging times.
Bruce Velzy and Lorraine Ryan, Campaign Co-Chairs
Liz Louie and Nancy Matthews, Wardens
The Rev. Emily Mellott, Rector
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