Renovation and expansion.
Over the past ten years, we have studied various ways to expand our facilities to meet our most critical needs. The plan which we have embarked upon meets those needs and does so in the most efficient and cost effective way. The project is expected to cost $5,200,000—including a space holder allowance for a future Habitat for Humanity House and a columbarium project. We are blessed as a congregation to have $1,345,927 set aside. DUMC has not had debt since 2007.
“Stepping Out in Faith” addresses critical needs for space in the following four areas:
Large, multi-use spaces
Expanded music ministry spaces
Because of our limited space now, the community most of the time cannot be a community. The new entrance that will lead to a fellowship area will allow us to be together more. The two large gathering spaces, along with the new kitchen, will provide much needed places for our community of faith to come together.
The new multi-purpose space will not only be a place of fellowship, but will also allow us to offer another kind of worship on Sunday mornings.
The renovation of our existing Fellowship Hall will at last allow our amazing music ministry to have better practice space and give them new areas for housing handbells and other elements of the music program.
The designated youth space downstairs will be a powerful investment into our expanding youth program and can also be used by other groups of all ages.
The addition of new classrooms will help us increase educational opportunities.
The renovation also means that our amazing Church Library, which is utilized by so many of our congregation, will have a new, larger home. It will also be much more accessible.
We will also build a columbarium on our grounds as a response to many requests by families to “remain” at their church when that time comes.
An extra Habitat for Humanity house will be part of our campaign’s missional component.