First – Please don’t miss All You Works of God. — We hope to see many community members at Koinonia May 3-6 for the All You Works of God event — planned and carried out jointly by the Senior Council, United Methodist Women and the Ecology Group. Church members got a brochure in the mail and we have plenty more. Here’s the issue, Monday, April 30 is the deadline for reservations and we need to know if you’re coming!
Second – Good news! As I reported at the April 29 Congregational meeting, both the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees have voted to support the next new chapter in Koinonia’s 50-year history — emphasizing programming relevancy and financial viability.
The plan still needs final approval by the Koinonia Board and the Administrative Council, but here are its highlights for greater Hennepin relevancy:
1. An updated and motivational mission statement, to make it more relevant in the life of Hennepin. We’ll need your help in that effort.
2. More Hennepin sponsored programming at Koinonia for our community, through visible communications and an eventual addition to our staff — hopefully by January.
3. Re-energizing Friends of Koinonia with a great idea and offer from the Finance Committee — a dollar for dollar grant program to match and double the funds we raise from this group. Initially, these funds will be used to support the first year of compensation for our new program director.
4. Encouraging individuals and families from Hennepin to use Koinonia outside of scheduled events. We are in the process of determining and locating approved camp sites for small groups to use this summer. There’s an apartment for individual and couples retreats, click here to learn more. We are in the process of redecorating this apartment.
Koinonia is financially stable now, and we plan to keep it that way. — Here are some highlights of our plans for continued financial viability in the future:
1. Koinonia’s revenues from summer bookings are the strongest they have been in the last ten years, thanks to the excellent care from Kevin Dahlen our general manager.
2. We have more good financial news. An anonymous donor, last February, contributed $100,000 in seed money to help Koinonia grow. We’re going to use some of it to redecorate the apartment and make some needed improvements in our sleeping rooms and other amenities. The rest will be a reserve fund, to ensure that our operations pay their own way in the foreseeable future.
3. Pending the final approval of the Administrative Council, we plan to develop three new sources of revenue in the near term.
a) Launch a Friends of Koinonia Challenge campaign later this year for new construction. More on that later.
b) The lease — or eventual sale of the Wilderness 40 acres, which was purchased in 1981. This land is now undeveloped.
c) Potential use of a fund now set aside for maintenance use — re-purposing that for new revenue construction.
4. With success in these fund-raising efforts, we have plans for a major re-configuration of the current Columbine facility — as early as next spring. It would offer seven new housing units, one of them ADA compliant for handicapped individuals. It also would feature kitchenettes, so that families and smaller groups can use Koinonia for their own purposes while larger groups are using Retreat House and Sumac. This is the key to sustained new revenue to pay for future Koinonia operations and maintenance — and the first step in a plan to refurbish all Koinonia rooms, either through rehab or new construction.
Finally, we are nearing the end of a three-year process of thinking about Koinonia. The next steps in our decision process will be a May 5 vote of the Koinonia Board on the plan now approved by the Finance Committee and Trustees — followed by the final approval of our plans on June 7 — by the Administrative Council. We’ll keep you informed as we complete these steps.