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Building Project: Next Generation Shared Space

February 2021 Updates:
Feb. 24, 2021
  • The debris has been removed from the pit.
  • The foundation of the original school building as well as an addition still support the remaining historic structure.
  • The Building Team applied for a grant this week through the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help refurbish, paint and reroof the historic building.
  • Dates for heat and power back on are still TBD.

Feb. 17, 2021

  • Waiting for the snow to melt a bit to dig trenches for foundation, gas, and electricity lines.
  • Lou, the contractor, gave us his preliminary schedule with a complete date at the end of July. Once the debris is cleared completely from torn down building, everyone can see if there are any surprises to work around.

Feb. 10, 2021

  • Fellowship Hall space torn down.
  • Wall between the library and torn down section is secure and insulated.
  • Materials are being crafted together for a ramp at the front door.
  • Excavation will be done on Thursday or Friday. They are leaving some insulation in the ground to keep it from freezing.
  • Mid week of Feb. 15, construction can move to digging in the warmer, softer ground.

October 8, 2020 Architectural Design and Elevation
October 4, 2020: Service of Remembering and Breaking Ground for new ministry

Enjoy the video of the service.

October 1, 2020

Celebrating Ministry in the Fellowship Hall

On Sunday, October 4 at 9:45, the whole congregation is invited to a service to celebrate and remember the ministry lived out in the beautiful Fellowship Hall. Let’s honor the space, remember the good times, acknowledge the current changes and anxiety, and pray for the transition during construction of a new building. We will also get to be the first ones to put a shovel in the ground, ushering in the next phase.

We will gather stories, offer up prayers, and share in communion together as a community invested in each other and ministry with God.

Sept. 15, 2020
• SELC Distance Learning Program and After School program will  reopen in the fall and are FREE!

Care for Distance Learners
• SELC will be offering space & supervision for school aged children, ages 5-12, to engage in Stevensville School-provided distance learning        Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm
After School Programming
• SELC will be offering after school care for school aged children, ages 5-12        Monday – Friday, 4 pm – 6 pm

Sept. 1, 2020
• It’s hard to believe that it’s time for another update as we watch August, and with it summer, fade into the rear view mirror. On August 18th, the District Committee on Buildings and Locations (the conference oversight committee for churches with large building projects) officially approved SUMC’s building project plans. The committee asked good questions about the mission behind the project, business structure, tax implications, and funding. They gave an overwhelming blessing with unanimous approval, congratulating the congregation on its leap of faith and creativity to connect with the community.


August 6, 2020
• Architectural plans now go to the engineer to put all the specs in so a contractor can read and allocate a accurate bid. The engineering plans will be complete in September.
• Breaking ground is on hold till we hire a contractor. The goal is to start late this fall but weather and availability of contractors will help determine the timeline.


July 21, 2020
• Officially approved for a $1 million loan from the Mountain Sky Foundation. Members of the Building Team will work with the foundation to negotiate terms of agreement.
• A new logo becomes the official calling card of the Sapphire Early Learning Center

July 1, 2020

Since given approval to move forward with the Sapphire Early Learning Center project the building team has met twice. Here is a recap of what has been done to date:

  • The Mountain Sky Foundation has requested a bit more information from us regarding the project. That info will be submitted before July 1st. The foundation committee meets on July 15th and we are anticipating loan approval at that time.
  • The City of Stevensville has set the date for the public hearing for the SELC variance request. The meeting will be July 2nd at the library.
  • The building team met with Angela Stringham and began the design process. We discussed storage and some ideas on making the space more efficient including a door from the kitchen to the fellowship hall, rest room accessibility, and security issues. We will wait until after the meeting with Stevensville Town Council to go further.
  • Sara Malo and Gretchen Speiss have started putting together a marketing and capital campaign program. They will be working closely with Stewardship/Finance committee in regards to the capital campaign.
  • The SELC website will be up soon. We are looking at ways to share updates on the project with all of you and the community via the website, Facebook, emails, etc. Stay tuned.
  • Kendra Ruff has drafted a job description for an office admin person to fill the role of SUMC office admin and to help the SELC construction project administrative tasks. Along with SPR, we will begin a formal search for a candidate
  • We have submitted application for three grants to date totaling $11,000.
  • The building team is still anticipating ground breaking in early Sept. and opening the center in May 2021.