Even though we’re not holding major activities in the church, the Facilities team continues to provide thoughtful care for our building and grounds, with both maintenance and necessary updates. These last few months, the focus has been to organize and purchase tents and refine seating, sound and safety equipment for outdoor events.

Facilities is looking into safer ways to move canopies for easier set up and storage for outdoor activities such as Sunday service. Our goal is to create a safer environment for all that are assisting with the set-up and take down of the canopies. If you have safety ideas, or safety concerns, please reach out to Frank.

As we start our progression into fall, we need to think of how best to prep our grounds for a healthy winter. Are you interested in joining our First Saturday landscape maintenance days? Please watch elsewhere in this Shalom for sharing about our monthly Garden Work Parties. We are also looking for you experts on indoor plants that could warm up our indoor spaces. Do you have a green thumb? Do you know which plants thrive inside? Can you keep an indoor plant healthy? Then we need your HELP! Please reach out to Frank or Dana, as the only indoor plant Frank can keep healthy is a cactus.

Our building painting project will be completed by the time you read this. The south and east exterior walls of the office/preschool wing of the building have been painted, and the east wall of the chapel will be painted soon as well. A special thanks to Ted Essig and his crew for the great work they accomplished.

Preschool starts Monday, September 13, and we are very excited! We look forward to working with Emma and the teachers to create a safe and fun experience for the kids.

Finally, First Congregational Church is partnering with Lane County Public Health on a possible vaccine clinic to be held here; we are currently in the planning process. With the alarming increase of people becoming infected, along with hospitalizations due to COVID-19, Lane County Public Health is reacting to changes daily that affect vaccination events. Once we have locked in a date, or other pro-active ways we can support efforts to care for the safety of our community, we will reach out for volunteers who would like to take part. We are extremely excited to be able to assist with this event.