Welcome to G2G2!
Greetings! My name is Jim Frye and I have the privilege of working with the G2G2 campaign. Before I get to the details about G2G2, please let me step back a bit in time.
My parents started going to Columbia in 1954 when Dr. Stephenson was the Pastor. In April 1970, when I was 10 years old, I was baptized by Dr. Neal Jones in the current Sanctuary. As a child, I was very familiar with the stone building and with all of the different parts of the additional buildings that were built during the 1950s and 1960s. I took for granted all that must have gone into having it built. As an adult, I can look back and see what a legacy Columbia members from that era gave to my generation and the ones after it.
In 2015, I said “yes” to assisting with a newly formed “Futures Team”. This team’s mission was to look at the building proposal for new worship and education space that the church approved in 2012 and to start the journey of making it a reality. In 2013, many Columbians made significant commitments to the Generation to Generation (G2G) capital campaign to raise money for this project. Over $5.5 million was pledged towards the proposed $23.2 million project. So, our job became the one of seeing how to best bridge the gap between the funds raised and the cost of the project.
Now, let’s jump back to the present. The Futures Team presented a lower cost project to the church in December 2015. Columbians voted to proceed with this project and the G2G2 project was born. During the next several weeks, you will be hearing a lot about G2G2. Your will be receiving a booklet in the mail next week that details the project in depth. Details about the project will also be available on the church’s website. Information sessions will be held on the next two Sundays, August 28th and September 4th at 12:30pm to give everyone a chance to learn more about the proposed project and to ask any questions.
In summary, it has been quite a journey since I said yes to working with this project in January 2015. It has been a journey full of hard work that involved partnering with follow Columbians to see the best path by which to proceed. It has also been journey that at times has been filled with the need for much patience but also one that was constantly filled with God’s provision.