As people of an historic and ever-renewing congregation of the United Church of Christ, we seek to know and to share the transforming power of God; Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
~ through following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the source of our salvation and the head of the church;
~ through regularly gathering together for vital, Biblically-based worship of our God;
~ through shared life and learning as a community of faith;
~ through personal spiritual practice;
~ through faithful stewardship of our resources: financial, property and human;
~ through Spirit-led, collaborative decision-making;
~ through love and service to those in need, physically and spiritually;
~ through love and respect for one another;
~ through the full discernment and expression of our God -given individual abilities;
~ through embracing, honoring, encouraging and learning from the diversity among us;
~ through active engagement with our city and all its people; and
~ through accepting God’s challenge to look beyond our assumptions, to face boldly our questions and doubts, and to reach outside of our everyday comforts.
With God’s help, we strive in faith to be a wellspring of hope for diverse people in our neighborhood, the city, the region and through the world.
For over 30 years we have provided shelter and emergency support to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We now have the opportunity to extend our welcome by providing permanent supportive housing, while also securing accessible, modern office and multi-purpose meeting space for our congregation.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Congregation authorizes the Board of Elders to negotiate a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Community Ventures and DePaul USA, with the advice of legal counsel, to be brought before the Congregation for final approval before it is signed by the Moderator.
Be it further resolved, that the Congregation authorizes the Board of Elders to engage legal counsel to assist in this process, and authorizes the use of funds up to $20,000 for services relating to negotiations over the JVA, as well as other services as needed as it pertains to this venture.
Be it further resolved, the Congregation authorizes the Board of Elders to establish a Joint Venture Ministry Team (JVMT), whose purpose shall be to represent the Congregation in negotiations concerning the JVA, such as, but not limited to, design, funding, and community engagement. The JVMT shall report back to, and consult with, the Board of Elders and the Congregation.
Finally, let it be resolved, that the Congregation authorizes the Board of Elders to establish a separate ministry team whose sole purpose shall be to investigate possible solutions to address our parking and accessibility needs at Old First.