Have you been anxious to see our new kitchen in working order? How about clean chairs on Sunday morning? We have tables and shelves to assemble, construction dust and windows to clean, chairs to organize and clean, and “other duties as required”. This work party is SATURDAY November 16th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please come and help get our new kitchen operational. We have lots of tasks for all skill levels and abilities. Volunteers always like to be fed, so if someone can bring snacks and drinks, please contact Nancy L.
IT’S BA-ACK …. WORK PARTY! SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Yes folks, you missed work parties so much, we’re throwing one just to make you happy! Well, at least the finished kitchen will make us all happy.
On Saturday, 6/15 from 9:00 AM till about 12:00 PM, please come if you can to help us get the kitchen space ready for construction. The work will be light to moderate physical labor.
Here’s what’s on the task list:
Assemble the shelves – this goes much more easily with two or more people to a shelf.
Organize boxes already in the kitchen space, and place them on the assembled shelves.
That’s pretty much it. There may be a few boxes that don’t belong in the kitchen which we will need to move out of the room.
Once we’ve finished, the space will be ready for the construction work, which will consist mainly of plumbing and electrical installation, then finishing the walls and floor. Nearly all the appliances are on hand – we’re only waiting on a dishwasher. Soon there will be a real kitchen again!
Can’t do physical labor? FEED US, PLEASE! We will need some kindly soul(s) to bring lunch for the workers at about 12:00 or so. If you can provide lunch, please contact Amy Tompkins or Ted Lundholm. Have questions about the kitchen? Send them to Ted Lundholm.
SATURDAY March 16th – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thanks to last week’s volunteers, we have brought all the bricks from Victoria, and no more work is planned there. We also got much of the contents of the future Sanctuary removed to temporary storage or their proper places. Getting closer every week!
This Saturday, we want to finish emptying the rooms scheduled for demolition. Please come and help us carry things away!
We will also be spreading the decomposed granite (d.g.) in the courtyard, tamping it down and laying the bricks. We need volunteers to move the d.g. in wheelbarrows from a pile in the parking lot to the courtyard locations, run the tamper, and lay the bricks. If you have a wheelbarrow, please bring it, along with lawn rakes (the heavy duty kind, not leaf rakes), square (not pointed) shovels and your gloves. We’ll be working in the sun, so be sure to wear a hat and bring sunscreen. Water’s a good idea too. For more information about the courtyard tasks, please contact Nancy P (nancyrpalmergmailcom) .
If you physical labor is not your thing but you want to help, please consider bringing us lunch at 1:00 pm. Let Amy Tompkins (xenophile23gmailcom) know if you can bring food, snacks and/or drinks. Plan on bringing disposable plates, napkins, etc. to go with your food (we have utensils). Thanks!
Work Parties at Mesa Verde and Victoria
(hopefully the last one at Victoria!)
Saturday, March 9th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Help Us Make Shift Happen!
This Saturday, we want to retrieve the remaining bricks from the front walkway at Victoria. There are still some of the shelves we are using as pallets by the front door. Wear gloves, and you might want a tool to pry with. Stack the bricks by the front breezeway with the others at Mesa Verde. Will the last person to leave Victoria with bricks please also bring the blue tarp? It belongs to Nancy P (nancyrpalmergmailcom) .
At Mesa Verde, it’s time to start clearing the rooms in the future sanctuary to prepare for demolition and reconstruction. If you’re on a committee or in a group with stuff that needs unpacking, now’s the time! This includes RE, Music, Hospitality, ATM, Caring and perhaps Worship Associates. Committee and group members are urged to discuss their stuff and where it goes with Amy Tompkins (xenophile23gmailcom) if they have any questions or concerns.
If you’re NOT on a committee or in a group, we still need your help carrying things from one building to another. Infrequently used items that were in the attic, such as our Christmas decorations, need to be moved to another location for temporary storage (once the sanctuary is done, we will have ample storage space), and you can help tote things for groups and committees to their new locations.
Of course, our volunteers need to be fed. Have we mentioned lately how wonderful the lunches are that people have been providing? Really, we think some people are showing up JUST for the food. We will need lunch for an indeterminate number of folks (as usual). Let Amy (xenophile23gmailcom) know if you can bring food, drinks and/or snacks to the temporary kitchen at Mesa Verde. Plan on lunch at around 1:00 pm. You’ll probably need to bring paperware (plates, napkins …) too. We do have plastic utensils.
Warm thanks and hugs to all our volunteers – you guys rock!
OCUUC will finally be able to have Sunday services in our newly renovated Social Hall (aka Temporary Sanctuary) at 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East. Our buildings are all on one level, there is a set of shiny new restrooms, and the kitchen renovation is being planned. Our next step is beautification. We have several soil planter areas at Mesa Verde and they can be filled with plants starting now. Are you ready to volunteer to help with this project?
Bricks • Roses • Shovels • Edging • Trees • Shrubs • Gloves
Donate Plants: we are happy to accept donations of plants from your yards. We are looking primarily for plants people have that they can divide to donate, that grow in leafy clumps, grow to between 6″ and 30″ high, and preferably are green all year round. Please contact Christine Soriano (christinesorianogmailcom) with the information on your potential donation (name of plant, size, details). When we have a list of the available plants, we will choose from what is available to accomplish the landscaping.
WORK PARTIES! – SATURDAY – TBA
Lately, our work parties have focused on bringing plants from Victoria to Mesa Verde, and some framing in the Mesa Verde courtyard in preparation for laying the bricks.
At Victoria, we are working to dig out all the agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) and statice (Sea Lavender). We’d like to get as much nandina (Heavenly Bamboo) as we can, and any remaining rose bushes. Volunteers should wear their own gloves, and bring their own tools. Shovels or spades are probably best; hand tools simply don’t provide enough leverage to get the larger plants out of the ground. There are already some black pots at Victoria to carry the plants in, but do bring your own if you have them.
At Mesa Verde, we can plant the transported plants in the planter areas around the courtyard. The rose bed has been established out in the front planter at the south breezeway (the one with the light standard), and that bed currently has all the donated compost in it, ready to receive the roses.
If you’re wondering, we’re leaving the remaining bricks in the front walkway at Victoria until we no longer need it as a fallback meeting place.
We’re looking for people with the skills to calculate the lengths of 2×4 wood boards to establish framing as control for the edges of the pavement in the central courtyard. This requires someone with some engineering aptitude, someone who can cut and miter 2x4s, plus nails, and tools. We could use a portable miter saw (aka chop saw) or we can use a table saw at a nearby home. Interested volunteers, please contact Nancy Palmer (nancyrpalmergmailcom) .
You know what else we need? FEED US! We will need refreshments for hungry volunteers at Mesa Verde, around 1:00 pm or so. Please let Amy Tompkins (xenophile23gmailcom) know if you can bring some lunch, cold beverages and/or snacks.
This phase includes planting the saved plants, laying bricks, and eventually covering the rest of the mud with decomposed granite (“d.g.”) until construction is completed on the new Sanctuary. Future work parties will be announced for these tasks. We’re going to need a Bobcat for moving and spreading the d.g., and equipment for compacting the d.g. afterwards. If you can help us get our hands on either of these things for cheap (or free!), please let Nancy Palmer (nancyrpalmergmailcom) know.
Thanks to everyone for all the work we’ve already accomplished together.
Help us fill this wonderful area with lush greenery and welcoming brick patios!
BIG THANKS TO ALL OF US!
A hearty pat on the back – heck, a big, warm hug! – to everyone for the time and energy they’ve put in so far. People contribute in different ways, and this has been a remarkable group effort. Do you realize it’s only been a year since we embarked on this grand adventure? Congratulate yourselves on the progress that YOU have helped create – and thank you!
Thank you for your patience and your flexibility during these exciting and interesting times!
will be the day of the ‘pilgrimage’ – the walk from the Victoria St. church location
to the Mesa Verde Street location.
We will begin our walk at 9:45 a.m. and gather
at the Mesa Verde location for a 11:15 a.m. celebration.
More information below.
Effective February 10th, OCCUC will have a
NEW PHONE NUMBER:
Put on Your Walking Shoes!
On February 10th, we will gather at 9:45am on the grounds of the Victoria Street church, have a brief farewell ceremony, and then WALK TO OUR NEW BUILDING AT MESA VERDE.
The walking route we will take goes east up Victoria, left on Canyon, through part of Fairview park, over the notorious “Bridge to Nowhere” – which has now been christened “The Bridge to our New Church” – and up Placentia to Adams. It is an interesting and pleasant path for our Pilgrimage that avoids some of the busy streets yet gives us ample public exposure. The walk is 2.6 miles and should take about an hour.
Clover will be providing relief transportation along the route for those who find they are unable to walk the entire distance. Additional car support would be appreciated. Contact Mary Lundholm to volunteer.
We will convene at our new Mesa Verde property at 11:15am and have a brief ceremony to acknowledge our new space and place. After the procession, Rev. Brock will say a few words at the new site, at about 11:15am. Mary Lundholm will coordinate carpools back to Victoria to pick up your cars. Mary’s van seats 7, so extra volunteers would be appreciated.
We know that some persons may choose to drive to Victoria at 9:45am and then drive over to Mesa Verde after the ceremony at Victoria. We know that others may simply choose to show up at Mesa Verde at 11:15am for the ceremony there. We know some people may choose to engage in other alternatives. But we do hope everyone will choose to participate.
Our actual path may be slightly different.
General location and parking information
about our campus at 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East.
Note that parking is around the outside of the campus
but the building entrances are from the inner courtyard:
WORK PARTY AT MESA VERDE
We appreciate all of our volunteers!
Watch this space for Work Party announcements.
If you have questions, please email (xenophile23gmailcom) Amy Tompkins.
- BIG stuff — appliances and pianos — arrived at Mesa Verde on Feb 7th.
- The rest of the contents of the building – the chairs, any remaining boxes, furniture, the hymnals, the risers and platforms in the Sanctuary – will be moved on Saturday, Feb. 9th.
- Bricks can be removed starting Monday, February 11th. We’ll also remind people to help us with this task. The Courtyard Committee is looking forward to using the bricks!
- The Courtyard Committee also wants as many plants as we can salvage from Victoria to jump-start landscaping at Mesa Verde. Please consider helping dig out plants. Some of them may need to be temporarily housed at your place till they can go in the ground. We can start doing this any time people want to do it, but much of the work will probably be done after the Last Move on Saturday, 2/9.
- And then the unpacking. Oh boy, the unpacking! We can hardly wait!
will be the first Sunday on which we have two services at our new Mesa Verde campus.
Moving Party this Saturday!
The Victoria Street attic clean-out begins on Saturday January 5th. This is a large storage space and we will need lots of volunteers!
This Saturday is the start of our moving parties. The goal for this week is to empty the attic. A big job, but many hands make light work. We will start at 8:30, and go to 12:30. We have the use of a truck and lots of boxes, but if you want to bring gloves, packing blankets, or rope, we won’t have to buy them. Please sign up on the link in Thursday’s BLAST and meet at Victoria Street.
If anyone would like to volunteer to bring lunch, there will be hungry volunteers by 12:30!
The work parties last week were a great success! We accomplished about two thirds of the tasks we have to get the building ready.
We are still in flexible mode about exact dates when we will be finally moved, but the more work we get done now, the easier it will be when we have our date.
We still need boxes! Please bring in boxes if you have them. Also, gloves, packing blankets, or rope.
Saturday’s Moving Party starts at our Victoria Street location.
New Location: 2845 Mesa Verde East in Costa Mesa.
The Site Committee has selected a contractor for the Social Hall renovations, and the crew is already at work. They’ve completed the demolition of the walls in the Social Hall / kitchen area, and are framing in the new bathrooms. They estimate that work will be completed by January 24th, so we are looking at January 27th as the date of the first service at Mesa Verde. Peter Zehnder has not yet received permits for work at Victoria, and is willing to let us stay at Victoria till he gets them or the end of January, whichever comes first. The Site Committee will be meeting about the plans for the Sanctuary this week.
Much needs to be done by volunteers both to get moved, and to prepare the classrooms and offices for move-in. We’ve scheduled work parties at Mesa Verde between 8:30am and 5:00pm for the days following Christmas:
- Wednesday 12/26
- Thursday 12/27
- Friday 12/28
- Saturday 12/29
You are welcome to sign up to help us work on the building, or just to bring workers lunch! See Nancy Loughrey or Katherine Martin to put your name on the list. If you would like to sign up online, see the Blast on December 25th for the link to the spreadsheet on Google Docs.
Upcoming Town Hall meetings to inform the congregation about the church’s financial situation and its impact on the renovation process of Mesa Verde:
December 9th: After Second Service
Boxes are being packed, and temporary storage areas have been designated at Mesa Verde. Volunteer coordinators can expect to hear from Amy Tompkins about access to temporary box storage locations.
Volunteers will also be receiving contact information for area coordinators for ATM, RE, and the kitchen so that they can make themselves available where they are needed. If you haven’t volunteered to help, and you can and want to, please let Amy know (email (xenophile23gmailcom) , call or text!)
We are still collecting boxes for the move, and are storing them in Gillan 1. Please bring boxes if you have them.
Construction News: Architect Bill Mason has submitted our construction plans for the Social Hall, adjacent restrooms and handicapped access to the City of Costa Mesa for its approval. Four contractors have visited Mesa Verde and are preparing bids for the job, which are due for the Site Committee’s evaluation by the end of the week. Bank financing is on track, and we hope to have a contractor on the job right after Thanksgiving.
Subcommittee News: The Landscaping subcommittee led by Nancy Palmer has developed a preliminary landscaping plan for the courtyard, and bids will be solicited for that work soon. The development of the courtyard will be completed in phases to accommodate other construction plans, and because we will not have enough initial funds to do all the beautiful things we want to do in the courtyard. The Landscaping group is also handing our signage.
Other site subcommittees have been formed and peopled, and will be meeting soon. Just to recap, the Legacy subcommittee will be responsible for any physical legacy of the Victoria church and grounds that we want to bring to Mesa Verde, including the Rose Garden. The Tech group will be working with OCUUC staff to make sure that needs are met for phones and so forth. The Aesthetics group is charged with recommending a color palette that harmonizes with our existing chairs, that will be used in both the Sanctuary and office / RE buildings.
Meet the Neighbors! OCUUC will be hosting an informal Open House at Mesa Verde on Sunday, November 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to give our new neighbors an opportunity to hear and see what we have planned for the buildings. Do join us if you are interested.
Pack & Move dates:
The Religious Education Pack ‘n’ Move is on Friday, November 23rd from 10am – 3pm. We will need people to help us pack at the Victoria church and move boxes and smaller items to our new Mesa Verde church site. This will help burn off those holiday calories! Contact Rayna Hamre (dreocuucorg) .
The Hospitality Committee Pack ‘n’ Move is on Saturday, December 8th from 1pm to 4pm. We will pack up and move the contents of the kitchen to Mesa Verde. Snacks will be provided (of course!). Contact Maria Goode (hospitalityocuucorg) .
Oh, and when you see Bob Loeschen next, thank him for all the time he’s putting in at Mesa Verde as our Project Manager. He is doing a yeoman’s job! We think he’s also having a lot of fun deconstructing some of the drywall in the Sanctuary-to-be, so maybe you shouldn’t feel too sorry for him. :-)