Reformation is about to embark on a program with Dominion Energy that has the potential to significantly reduce our energy use. The Property Committee has worked with Dominion Energy on a survey of our lighting and energy use and presented a two phase improvement proposal, which was unanimously approved at the September 19 Council meeting.
-- The work to be done includes replacing or refitting a total of 94 fluorescent fixtures with LCDs. The oldest fixtures will receive new ballast and bulbs because removing the fixtures would require extensive ceiling repair. The newest fixtures will be totally replaced. This should result in significant savings (11,189 kWh or $1,119 in the first phase and 10,100 kWh or $1,010 in the second phase) from reduced electric usage.
-- Due to the structure of Dominion's program, the total number of fixtures involved, and the effort that replacement or retro-fitting will require, the cost to the church will be minimized if the project is split into two phases. The total cost of the program will be $10,365.26 . Dominion will discount the cost by 90% leaving the balance plus tax to be picked up by the church. The church's responsibility will be:
* Phase 1, after completion - $ 722.24 (This phase must be completed no later than Nov
15th due to Dominion’s program dates)
* Phase 2, after completion - $ 715.44 (This program can begin anytime after Nov 15th)
-- GREAT NEWS!! Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends, the entire cost to the congregation has been funded! All 94 current fluorescent light bulb fixtures will be remediated without drawing from our General Fund, resulting in savings of about $1,000 per year on our electric bills. This will give us the benefit of reduced energy consumption and associated costs and will free up funds for additional ministries. A huge 'Thank You' to all who so generously underwrote this project!
We thank Fred Mansperger for his work with Dominion on the survey and subsequent program proposal and implementation and Sharon Baldwin for bringing the program to our attention! Watch for upcoming news on the program! Phase 1 should complete before the end of this year.
Sept 17 2021
Update: The Servants Committee, in last night's meeting, decided to reschedule the yard sale to March 2022. The yard sale was to be held indoors, in Sept 2021, to deal with any potential issue with inclement weather; however, to the rise in COVID numbers it was deemed in everyone's best interest to reschedule the event.
More information will be provided in the future
On August 22, your Church Council held a zoom Council meeting. The conversation was about recommendations made by our Transition Team, who met last Sunday with concerns about the recent Covid surge in South Carolina, and across the whole of the nation.
With the Delta variant surge hospitals are filling up once again, breakthrough cases are mounting even within the vaccinated, and there is a higher infection rate among children. With that, the Transition Team recommended to council the stoppage of all in-person gatherings, including worship. After much deliberation, council agreed to take a step back until we see a steady continued decline in cases, which had reached over a 5,000 infection rate on Friday, August 20th.
When we take those facts into consideration along with the infection of two families of Reformation — not from our service but from outside activities — we do not want to take a risk of putting others in danger.
So it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you Reformation’s in-person worship will be suspended as of August 29th until at least the end of October. We will continue our Facebook online Sunday services at 10:00 am, with an upload unto YouTube later the same day, and return to our parking lot service at 11:30 am, transmitted on 99.9 FM.
These certainly were not easy decisions to reach, but with deep discussions, and weighing our options, they were decisions we felt had to be made. We appreciate your prayers for Reformation, South Carolina, our nation, and the world, as we struggle through this virus. We hope you will continue to support Reformation as we seek to make decisions for the safety of all.
Come and join the A/V Team! Yes you can learn to
operate the Mevo Camera, and be a part of a new medium of worship as we reach beyond our walls
in this tech-era of social media proclamation
of the gospel. The camera is easy to operate,
and its fun to explore new ways to apply it
to our evangelism — messaging the good news
of Jesus — in ways we never have.
Please come and join the A/V Team as we
continue to Reform our outreach.
Please call the church office for more information.
Each month a heartwarming story, card or letter from a member, friend or fan of Reformation Lutheran Church will be featured in the newsletter. The church office receives many cards in the mail, online notes, phone calls and comments throughout the month.
We feel inspired and encouraged to share the powerful, positive impact Reformation offers to so many from all over the country.
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Do You Need Help to Watch Our Sunday Service On-Line? To join a Zoom Meeting?
In order to ensure members, visitors and friends can meet with us for our Worship Services, Daily Devotionals, and numerous ZOOM meetings, our Transition Team, Church Council, and current volunteers are looking for additional volunteers to assist folks to connect their PCs and other electronic devices to our Facebook page and the ZOOM meeting site. We are also looking for a means of creating DVDs of the services in order to send or deliver them to folks. And in general, we are asking for suggestions on how to be more effective in our outreach efforts regarding this portion of our ministry. Do you.........
Please call the Church Office (803.252.1507) if you need any help, or you can assist in this effort.
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