It has indeed been a thrilling few weeks for Tapestry, and January 2019 marks a major milestone in our shared history. We FINALLY moved into our very own building and have held worship services in our new sanctuary. (Yay!! and Wooo Hooo!!)
In our first service on January 13, Rev. Kent spoke about how the colors and finishes in our new space were carefully chosen to create a meaningful spiritual experience. Cool tones grace the entry, which provide a contemplative atmosphere as we go into the sanctuary. The smooth concrete floor offers a solid base for all aspects of our congregational life. Natural light floods the sanctuary to remind us to combat the forces of darkness. Bright sunrise colors glow on the walls as we exit the sanctuary to prompt us to start each day anew.
In the coming months, you will see continual improvements and enhancements when you come to Tapestry. Some of our favorite art pieces have already been hung. Various rooms on both floors will be furnished, and order will emerge from the remaining boxes and bins still stacked here and there. A bike rack will be installed outside for those of you who would like to enjoy the fresh air and ride to Sunday service. A new AV system will be installed. Our beautiful five-panel silk tapestry will be hung at the front of the sanctuary, providing a long-missed focal point for worship services.
As we settle into our new space, we will find that it offers us opportunities to reach out into the community and develop a higher profile with our neighbors. We’re already talking about concerts and events that we can hold. We hope to become a popular wedding venue. We look forward to finding other churches we can rent to in order to improve our cash flow. There will be much going on and many opportunities to get involved.
Since we are now in February, we will soon be starting our annual stewardship drive to fund the operating budget for next fiscal year. We will need money to maintain the facility and pay our mortgage, as well as provide salaries for our excellent staff and support programs like Religious Education and Women’s Rights Action Group. When you consider your contributions for next year, please be generous in support of our amazing Tapestry.
We are entering a very exciting time, full of wonderful possibilities and opportunities. We have stabilized our occupancy costs, and there are so many things that we can do to live our Unitarian Universalist values to make our world a better place. I very much look forward to being on this journey with all of you.
President, Board of Trustees