For Immediate Release
December 11, 2011
Kissimmee, FL First United Methodist Church of Kissimmee celebrated the conclusion of a successful capital stewardship campaign to fund a Sanctuary renovation plan, additional funds for mission and outreach ministries, a reserve fund and the annual operating budget. In addition to the operating budget with pledges surpassing any prior year, the capital funds campaign goal of $836,000 for the renovation and missions was surpassed by over $172,000. The celebration, following after each Sunday Worship Service on December 11, was the culmination of a 15 week campaign conducted by the James D. Klote and Associates of Falls Church, Virginia.
Pictured from left to right, Barbara Watson, Glendon Smith and Mel Wills
‘Meeting Code’ was a primary concern when developing the renovation plans. New handicap provisions will include new entrances; enlarged restrooms and a wheelchair lift to the enlarged chancel area. Other improvements will include enhanced audio/visual systems, new flooring, renovated pews and other architectural enhancements.
The Reverend Bob Wooten along with Co-chairs Wayne and Dianne Schoolfield, Mel Wills and Barbara Watson led a team of over forty volunteers in this every-member visitation campaign. Providing direction for the initial study and campaign was Glendon Smith, a Director from the James D. Klote and Associates, utilizing a full-time resident consultant for the plan of campaign.
Pictured from right to left are Wayne Schoolfield, Dianne Schoolfield and Glendon Smith
First United Methodist Church was founded in 1882. The present Sanctuary was built in six months in 1913 at a cost of $28,000. Pastor Wooten said that all the renovations will be complete in time to celebrate the past 100 years as we looks forward to the next century of service to Kissimmee.