From ASC President, Ed Burke

As All Souls’ Day approaches some updates and news.

Looking forward, looking back. Continued from last month’s post: On October 7.  Robin Sweetapple, our design consultant, filed an application with the Vermont Department of Historic Preservation for the amount of $20,000 to assist with phase 1 of replacing/ repairing our shingles. We have set aside $20,000 to match that grant, should it be awarded. The costs of the siding for phase 1 is approximately $90,000, so we will be rolling up our sleeves to get the remaining funds needed. Cue Capital Campaign theme music.

Looking forward, looking back, Part 2. Continued from last month’s post: Yes, as discussed at this week’s Board meeting,  we need a stalwart team to co-ordinate the 50 year celebration. If you would be a part of that exciting adventure (yes, adventure), please contact Maise Crowther or Leslie Kinney.

Looking forward, looking back, Part 3. Continued from last month’s post. The various prioritized needs have been addressed as follows over the past month: 1. Exterior siding. We have received a quote for repairing/ replacing the siding at $180,000, $90,000 per phase. 2. Energy efficient windows. We have not yet received a quote for this work. 3. Paving the driveway and parking lot. We have not yet received estimates for this work. 4. New bathroom. We held a congregational meeting October 13 and lots of good questions regarding the proposed location of the bathroom at the utility closet next to the kitchen. Because of the need to set aside $20,000 of our capital fund for the Historic Preservation grant match, the bathroom will be funded through our capital campaign. 5. Heat pumps for the childcare facility and offices. Work has begun on the heat pump for the offices and will most likely be completed by the time you read this. The installation of the heat pump for the childcare facility will occur as schedules allow. We look forward to warmer, dryer offices and significantly reduced heating costs.

Looking back, looking forward, Part 4. Continued from last month’s post. The fruits of the first Parish Council meeting, convened September 22, has been a marked improvement in co-ordinating the logistics of the great many active ministries here at All Souls. And what I regard as a positive sign, the first fruits have resulted in heightened awareness of the room for more improvement. One example: Get Your Group’s Events On The Calendar (let Bev know)! Check the Calendar, on the webpage, When Scheduling Your Meeting or Event! We are a very busy congregation operating in a very busy West Village Meeting House.

Looking back, looking forward, Part 5. New. We will begin discussing our congregation’s mission at this auspicious time of reflection on our past and imagining our future. Stay tuned. I look forward to this conversation with you brilliant lights.