Update: November Building Committee Report

We will be posting occasional updates here about the rebuilding process of Oconee Street UMC here. Last month a Building Committee was established and charged with the massive responsibility of planning and overseeing the rebuilding process.

The Oconee Street UMC Building Committee met Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. The following information was reported about the rebuilding process:

  • The committee and architect David Matheny met with the insurance agent to discuss replacement costs, upgrades, code and scope of loss.
  • The committee met with UGA landscape architect professor Catherine Melcher about working with her class to design a landscape plan for the church property. The committee agreed to work with her class as they design a community project for the church.
  • The committee discussed various ways the wood from destroyed trees on the church property can be used in meaningful ways, among them creating chalice and platen, a cross and flame, and other decorative elements for the church.
  • The United States flag was “rescued” from the old sanctuary and cleaned free of charge by Sunshine Cleaners.
  • A bridge loan was finalized in case additional funds are needed for construction. Local attorney Michael Morris provided pro bono legal assistance with the loan.
  • A decision was made to apply for the Interfaith Power and Light grant next year, as information needed for the grant application is not yet available at this stage in the rebuilding process.


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