CAMPAIGN FOR THE NORTH CHAPEL 2017

The Campaign for North Chapel – September 14 2017
Fostering Music and Performances for our Community

The North Chapel Unitarian Universalist Church has been an integral part of Woodstock’s spiritual, social and cultural life since it was founded in 1786. The church continues today to offer a place for inspiration and celebration, for church members but also for the broader Woodstock community and its many visitors.

In addition to its use for Sunday services, memorials and wedding celebrations, the Sanctuary is often used for performances and concerts. Throughout its history, the North Chapel has made intentional choices that have enhanced its value as a performance space. The Sanctuary’s quiet beauty and superb acoustics, along with its historic pipe organ and performance-quality grand piano, make it a desirable venue for musicians of all types and attract a range of concerts and music events to the Woodstock community.

North Chapel’s use as a performance space is intertwined in our Campaign goals. We invite you to join us in supporting the North Chapel as a place of cultural enrichment and inspiration for our community through the Campaign for the North Chapel. We need just $60,080 to reach our $300,000 goal. Please be in touch with Ann Wynia, Susan Inui, or Denise Lyons to make a contribution or a commitment; you can find commitment forms in the back of the Sanctuary, in the church office or click here.

To read more about North Chapel’s efforts to foster music and performances in our community, click here.

The North Chapel Board: Chris Bartlett, Anne Dean, Susan Inui, Denise Lyons, Anne Macksoud, Marcia Peterson, Deb Rice, Richard Waddell, Judy Williamson and Ann Wynia


Update on the Campaign for North Chapel – September 7 2017
Preserving Our History and Vibrant Community

In a town known for historic and beautiful buildings, the North Chapel Unitarian Universalist Church stands out.  North Chapel’s historic presence in the life our Woodstock community underlies all aspects of the North Chapel’s campaign goals. We envision a renewed presence for our beautiful and historic North Chapel facility, and an expanded ability to serve present and future generations of our community.

The Campaign for North Chapel seeks to preserve and enhance our facility as a gathering place, community resource, and historic treasure; to strengthen the building’s presence and contribution to the life of our communities; and ensure the continued use of the building by future generations by reinforcing and repairing key elements of the structure, and by upgrading the building’s energy efficiency for its most effective and carbon-neutral use.

We invite you to join us in preserving the North Chapel as a place of historic significance, community engagement and pride. We need just $60,700 to reach our $300,000 goal. Please be in touch with Ann Wynia, Susan Inui, or Denise Lyons to make a contribution; you can find commitment forms in the back of the Sanctuary or in the church office.

Read more about the history of our North Chapel facilities, and our efforts to preserve its historic and present significance in our community – Click Here!

The North Chapel Board: Chris Bartlett, Anne Dean, Susan Inui, Denise Lyons, Anne Macksoud, Marcia Peterson, Deb Rice, Richard Waddell, Judy Williamson and Ann Wynia


Update on the Campaign for North Chapel – August 31st 2017
Focus on Children and Families

The North Chapel strategic plan, “Our Future in Focus,” laid out an exciting vision for our spiritual community and for our contribution to the wider Woodstock community and world in which we live. A goal that emerged from North Chapel’s discussion of the future is the importance of engaging and supporting children and families. Since that time, participation by families and children has been growing under the direction of Geraldine Fowler, our Spiritual Exploration /Outreach Coordinator.

We invite you to support the Campaign for the North Chapel, as we work to preserve our historic building and expand our ability to serve present and future generations of families and children in our community. The Campaign has raised $237,300 toward our $300,000 total goal. Please be in touch with Ann Wynia, Susan Inui, or Denise Lyons to make a contribution or to make a commitment; you can find commitment forms in the back of the Sanctuary, in the church office or click here!

To learn more about how the Campaign supports our programs for children and families Click Here.

The North Chapel Board: Chris Bartlett, Anne Dean, Susan Inui, Denise Lyons, Anne Macksoud, Marcia Peterson, Deb Rice, Richard Waddell, Judy Williamson and Ann Wynia


Announcement on August 24th 2017

Goals for the Campaign for the North Chapel

For nearly 200 years, the North Chapel’s simple yet elegant structure has contributed to the spiritual, social, cultural, and civic life of the Woodstock community. The North Chapel remains as vital to life in Woodstock today as it has been historically. We envision a renewed presence for our beautiful and historic North Chapel facility, and an expanded ability to serve present and future generations of our community.

The Campaign for the North Chapel is raising $300,000 to support the work on our facilities, and commitments to date have brought in $231,300 toward that goal.

We’re asking you to join us. We need $68,700 to reach our campaign goal. Please be in touch with Ann Wynia, Susan Inui, or Denise Lyons to make your contribution; you can find commitment forms in the back of the Sanctuary, in the church office or download it here.

Read more about our Campaign goals here!

The North Chapel Board: Chris Bartlett, Anne Dean, Susan Inui, Denise Lyons, Anne Macksoud, Marcia Peterson, Deb Rice, Richard Waddell, Judy Williamson and Ann Wynia


Announcement on August 20th 2017

The North Chapel strategic plan, “Our Future in Focus,” laid out an exciting vision for our spiritual community, and for our contribution to the wider Woodstock community and world in which we live. Our broad goals include being profoundly welcoming to everyone; engaging and supporting families; enabling people to relate more deeply to themselves and to others; and responding to the climate crisis.

We’ve made good progress toward our goals in the two years since we created our strategic plan. Our new minister, Reverend Leon Dunkley, joins us in September, and we look forward to North Chapel’s continued growth and service in our community.

To ensure that North Chapel’s facilities support our continued efforts, the Board initiated an assessment and improvement plan for our building and grounds. Several members with related expertise worked over a year on the plan, which included consultation with a professional engineer and architect.

The report documents the need for critical repairs to preserve the historic structure, and basic improvements to lessen its environmental impact and improve its ability to support our members and engage our wider community.

The Campaign for North Chapel 

Based on the estimates we received for work on North Chapel facilities, the Board of Trustees has launched a small capital campaign to raise $300,000.  We believe that this modest campaign will have a big impact not only on our facilities but our goals, as together we seek to strengthen and sustain North Chapel as a vibrant and welcoming spiritual, social, and civic resource in our community.

We’re asking you to join us, and make a commitment to support the Campaign for North Chapel.  

The good news is we’re already off to a good start! Based on commitments from our board and an ad hoc committee of members tasked with raising the funds, we already have raised $206,300 for the project. We need just $93,700 to complete our $300,000 goal for the campaign for our North Chapel facilities.

We want to be clear that this special Campaign for the North Chapel will not replace our 2018 Canvass, which will begin in October. Work on next year’s budget is underway, and will determine the goal for the 2018 Canvass. The Canvass represents the total pledge commitments we look for from our members to fund our annual operating budget and plans for 2018.

Learn More

You can read more about the Campaign for the North Chapel, including the goals for the campaign here: Campaign Executive Summary as well as the project work plan here: Case Statement.

Please know that the Board is happy to answer any questions you may have—about our facilities project and the Campaign to support it, or about the upcoming 2018 Canvass budget and plans.  The upcoming Community Conversations on August 27 and 28 provide one good opportunity for discussion of the Campaign.

We’re grateful for your continued participation and support as together we build a strong and vibrant future for the North Chapel.

The North Chapel Board: Chris Bartlett, Anne Dean, Susan Inui, Denise Lyons, Anne Macksoud, Marcia Peterson, Deb Rice, Judy Williamson and Ann Wynia