This past Sunday January 29 our architect team from Waldon Studio joined us for worship at all three of our services.  Ravi Waldon, Christa Kerrigan, Andrew Beyea and Amy Markle were with us for a two-fold purpose.  Most importantly, they wanted to attend each of our worship services to experience the individual style of each service as part of their preparation for design and getting to know CUMC.  Secondly, they twice presented an hour-long session entitled “Designing With Millenials in Mind” which they previously presented to a national audience at a wfx Worship Facilities Conference in Louisville, KY this past September.  A total of 206 individuals from our congregation attended the two sessions including our District Superintendent, Barry Robison, and the President of our General Contractor, Bob Funk of Arthur Funk & Sons Construction Services.

While the Building Committee and Waldon Studio are not advocating that we design our new building solely for future generations, at the same time and as the title of Waldon’s presentation suggests, we do believe it to be very important that we design with both current (which includes the Millenials) generations and future generations IN MIND.  The end result combining our needs, as identified by our 2015 MNET study, coupled with the needs of the soon to be dominant (by population) Millenial generation, plus our look into the future as we attempt to “set the table” for those who will follow us, will likely be a facility that doesn’t look like any of our founding churches, yet will maintain the integrity of our United Methodist traditions as we strive to meet the anticipated needs of future generations.  I think Charles Reynolds said it best in a recent email to our Builders Prayer Team…..”God has chosen us to be partners in preparing a worship center for those too young to do it themselves right now.”

If you were unable to attend last Sunday and wish to view a copy of Waldon’s presentation in pdf format, please send an email requesting same to




Beginning with a staff survey prepared by Waldon Studio Architects, and a kickoff meeting with the full design/construction team on January 17, 2017, the design of our Spring Garden campus has commenced! The Building Committee together with Waldon Studio and Funk Construction will be meeting approximately every 3 weeks to share information and review design progress together with real time pricing of the design.  Concurrently, Dawood Engineering will work with our team on the land development design and begin to lay out our 25 acre campus in detail.  The pace of our design work is aggressive, and our Building Teams will be called upon by our architect to participate as the year progresses.  Our anticipated timeline for the total project is detailed below.

Several key dates to look forward to this year are completion of the Master Plan for our new site and facility by Memorial Day, and an initial congregational vote on our preliminary design and budget in September. Along the way the Building Committee will be holding periodic Sunday morning information sessions to give progress reports along with time for Q&A.  These 60 minute sessions will be held at 945AM in the Sanctuary and again at 1100AM in the MPR.  Watch the bulletin, pre-worship announcements and mid-week minute emails for schedules of these info sessions.  Fasten your seatbelts everyone – its going to be an exciting and fast-paced year as we design for our future!!    


November 22, 2016 Hired Waldon Studio Architects, Arthur Funk and Sons Construction Services and Dawood Engineering (civil engineers)

December 13, 2016 Settlement on Smith Farm property

January – May 2017 Building committee and building teams work with architects and building contractors to complete master plan

April 2017 Based on Capital Campaign 1 commitments, project budget is established

June – September 2017 Land development and schematic building design

September 2017 Congregational vote #1 on preliminary design & budget

October – December 2017Complete design development, detailed design & final costs

January 2018 Congregational vote #2 on final design and budget

February 2018 File for building permit

May 2018 Construction begins

Fall 2019 CUMC relocates to Spring Garden Campus

2021-2023Capital Campaign 2