Building Task Force
Team Members
(Dec. 2018- Present)
Rollin Grider
Suzanne McMurchie
Martha Phillips
Mike Walker
Billy Stempson
Jacque Howard
Margo Rogers
Pastor Leigh Ann Shaw
Rev. Mary Scifers, Consultant

Building Update 4/24/19

Building Committee update… 4/24/19
The work of the Building Committee continues. There will be special small group meetings for any
interested to give input into various areas of the planned building construction. The goal is to put together the most clear and tailored plans to foster the ministry vision of this congregation. Once we have completed construction documents based on your vision for ministry, these, along with a financial plan, will be presented at a specially called charge conference. The Building Committee hopes to have the construction documents completed by the end of July.  
Please continue to give your input to any member of the Building Committee as we move forward. It is essential that all members of the congregation stay up-to-date on this work so that together we can make the best possible decision for the future of our church.
Your Building Committee members are:
Rob Pierce, Margo Rogers, Martha Phillips, Mike Walker, Susan Kronoff, Jacque Howard, Rollin Grider, Tim Clarke, Suzanne McMurchie, Billy Stempson and Rev. Dr. Leigh Ann Shaw.






@ 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall


To be transparent and open to ideas and share our current status. Today’s meeting is to update the Congregation and get feedback from the questions during our “table talk”. No decisions will be made today.

On January 6, 2019 the Building Committee met for the first time. During this meeting we agreed to set a timeline, to be a unified voice and transparent. We had to do a presentation to the District office, providing the plans and estimates for construction. We also had to confirm that the original plans for Phase 2 are still valid with the City of Vista. We need to meet with the individual groups (Missions, Evangelism, + 2 Fishes, etc) to get feedback for their needs prior to meeting with the architect. We agreed that we would have our documentation and plans for our funding completed by 7/31/2019. We would then request a Charge Conference for mid-August as well as a final date with the district.


On February 26 the Building Committee met to review the “order” of moving forward. We had to meet with the design team, to move to permanent construction documents with details for plumbing, electrical and design which will need to be decided and then submitted to the City for permitting. Funding options will also need to be considered as well as a site manager.


On March 3 the committee met and we determined that we all understood the plans that have been sketched out. We reviewed the calendar to set up dates to meet with the design team as well as the stakeholders and the congregation in the following areas, music suite, classrooms/nursery, meeting rooms and offices, fellowship hall/outreach groups as well as kitchen and hospitality areas. We decided to bring Mary Scifres on board to assist us with the information sharing and integrating design ideas from our Congregation. It is very important to avoid changes to plans and the equipment used to avoid delays in construction and cost overruns.


We have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday April 14 @ 1:30 p.m. with the Kitchen Consultant. We have already met, in the month of March with the architect, Michael Robinson from MER Architects, Leonard and Maria Knapp from Knapp & Assoc, the structural engineer for the project and Kevin Dominick from DSE Engineering. Mike acts as the hub for the construction process. He coordinates with the subs and ensures that our plans are under current codes. Len designs, with the architect’s concept plans to provide the most economical structural plan. The plans go the cities building and safety dept. to ensure code compliance. Kevin works on the energy components of the building as well as electrical. We have been informed that when Phase 1 was built there were accommodations made to incorporate into phase 2. We are hoping that we will be can present the feedback from the Congregation to the design team for their final plan/presentation by the end of May 2019.
Meeting questions attached here.


GAP Team Members
(Oct. 2017 – Nov. 2018)
Lyn Berry
Warren Elsasser
Margene Haase
Beth Hallock
Dakota Koenig
Susan Kronoff
Barbara Mitchell
Billy Stempson
Mike Walker
Jim Wills
Pastor Leigh Ann Shaw
Rev. Mary Scifers, Consultant

Building Committee Update Feb 2019

Building Committee Update Feb 2019

Building Committee Update:

On February 12, representatives of our Building Committee met with the South District Committee on Building and Location.  We shared our congregational work to date, our Ministry Action plan and need for additional space, our review of the community, our preliminary building plans with a preliminary budget estimate, our charge conference overwhelming approval of the plans to date and action empowering the creation of construction documents.  We received approval and supportive encouragement to move forward from the District Committee. That means, we have approval to create the construction documents, get bids from any contractors for the work and finalize a budget plan. Congratulations to us for getting this far!!!

In the next weeks and months we will be setting a calendar to get input from the congregation on various areas of building.  To clarify, there will be a gathering to receive input on the kitchen, the music area, the hospitality areas, the discipleship classrooms and the large gathering space for events.  Along the way, we will also want to hear your ideas about funding the building project. Ideas thus far include running a capital campaign for the congregation to pay for all or part of the project, utilizing funds from our foundation to pay all or part of the project, selling bonds and/or taking out a loan.  We have a lot of options and have heard many ideas and points of interest, and look forward to hearing more so that we can discern the desire of our congregation as we follow God’s call.

Our goal is to have the construction documents finished and a total budget with a recommendation based on congregational input to fund the building at the end of July or beginning of August.   Stand by for more information….

For any questions…  members of the Building Committee formed by Charge Conference action include: Rob Pierce, Tim Clarke, Suzanne McMurchie, Martha Phillips, Margo Rogers, Jacque Howard, Susan Kronoff, Mike Walker.  Ex-Officio members include: Rev. Dr. Leigh Ann Shaw, Billy Stempson and Rollin Grider.


Charge Conference Nov 2018

Building Committee formed by Charge Conference action! 

  • On November 18, during a Charge Conference, the Building Study team presented the basic plans to complete Phase 2 of our building.  After a discussion, the plans were affirmed and we are moving forward to create construction documents, take all plans to the District Committee and the City of Vista.  This portion of our work will likely take 5-6 months and be reported back to specially called Charge Conference for discernment and approval.  Special thanks to the Awesome GAP Team, and Building Study team who have done a lot of work! 
  • During 2018 we have developed a ministry action plan!  With this MAP…  you have declared your focus for all of our ministry together!  You are excited and are called to Justice, Faith and Hospitality!  You have said that you care about people who come to church for the first time or after decades of participation!  You said you want to care for the community of Vista and the world!  You said you care about children and seniors and everyone in between!  This is a congregation looking into the future with joy and expectation for serving God and being together!  The year ahead looks busy and filled with faith-in-action! 
  • Those currently on the Building Committee are:  Martha Philips, Susan Kronoff, Margo Rogers, Rob Pierce, Suzanne McMurchie, Mike Walker and Tim Clarke.  Ex-Officio members are: Beth Hallock, Rollin Grider, Billy Stempson and Pastor Leigh Ann Shaw


Our M.A.P. in preparation for Charge Conference

Our M.A.P. (Ministry Action Plan) in preparation for Charge Conference 

We will meet at Charge Conference on JUNE 27that 7pm to Affirm our Ministry Action Plan. 

Next Steps: The goals and plans outlined here will be returned to the Church Council, and all our ministry teams and committees as we strive to live God’s call in our world. 

Future staffing, budgeting and facility use and needs will be prioritized based on our goals as outlined in our Ministry Action Plan. 
Follow this link to find the here.
Survey Monkey Questionnaire here.


G.A.P. Chart – M.A.P. Part II

Mission Statement: Building Relationships of Justice, Faith and Hospitality to bring God’s Love to All People.