Capital Campaign Updates

Visioning Update & Report – Posted April 2024

In March, over 100 of us participated in the small group visioning gatherings and/or completed the online survey!  The Vision Team has now had a chance to review all your input and some core priorities have emerged. 

You are invited to join us on Sunday, April 21st, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in Parish Hall where we will share with you what we’ve learned, and continue the process of clarification, refinement, and congregational input as the “Bridge to the Future” campaign takes shape. If you did not get a chance to participate in the March visioning sessions, this is a great opportunity to get involved in the process. The ideas that are emerging are inspiring!

Let’s Dream! USSB Bridge to the Future Visioning Process – Posted March 2024

We are in full visioning mode at USSB! We need every voice to shape this congregation, so please sign up for our Bridge to the Future Visioning Gatherings. 

During these small-group gatherings you will have the opportunity to let us know your hopes and dreams about the future of our congregation and our campus. Members of our Vision & Building Teams will ask you to reflect on a few questions that will guide the development of our capital campaign project. These hour-long meetings will take place over the remainder of March at a variety of locations and times to make it possible for all to participate.

Who do we want to hear from? Everyone! Your dreams are crucial to shaping USSB’s future.

We need every voice to shape this congregation!  Sign up here to participate.

Next Steps Weekend Recap & Reports – Posted October 2024

Report from our September 22, 2023 Next Steps Weekend

Thank you to everyone who participated in the September 22, 2023 session with our capital campaign consultant, Rachel Maxwell.

Ms. Maxwell met with your Board of Trustees, Staff, and a wide range of lay leaders and members in the congregation to hear about our boldest hopes and dreams for USSB. She has reviewed a variety of information about our congregation to get a sense of our financial health, culture, and opportunities for growth.

From these small group meetings, our consultant gauged our readiness for a Capital Campaign and shared a presentation on her findings. From the findings it was clear that we are ready for a capital campaign!

You can find a recording of that presentation here: https://youtu.be/EA9SREVN5co . And a copy of the slides from the presentation can be found here

Here are the takeaways from the presentation:

  • We are financially sound; we have diverse income streams and are on solid financial footing.
  • We have a healthy, non-anxious congregation; we are engaged, optimistic, and have a sense of abundance and gratitude.
  • We are enthusiastic about our future and see opportunities for improvement and growth.
  • We are ready for a capital campaign!

Click here to view the full Next Steps Weekend Report from our consultant, Rachel Maxwell

Some next (next) steps…

  • Your Board of Trustees is developing a capital campaign visioning process for this fall to gather ideas and refine our shared vision. Please keep an eye on your inbox for details about that process and how you can participate! Full congregational participation in the visioning process will allow us to move forward together with a bold plan that will benefit this congregation and the wider community for generations to come.

In addition, if you would like to listen to Rev. Julia’s ‘Remembering the Future’ sermon from the NSW Sunday, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoC3ctO-ZKw