Sunday, September 9
In November 2013, recognizing the limitations of its aging campus, the IUCC congregation began the important process of tangibly planning for our future and legacy. IUCC invested approximately $150,000 in developing a new campus vision (the Master Plan) and modifying our city-approved Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The congregation also authorized a capital campaign, and raised $1.283 million in pledges and donations, and a strong financial plan to afford a new mortgage. We executed a favorable 99-year lease with the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ; rent is $1 per year.
We have done these things because we want IUCC’s shared values to impact and improve our Irvine and Orange County communities. Supported by strengthened facilities, we can grow in community significance through strong programs and service to our region. Indeed, the five-year strategic plan adopted by the congregation in May 2017 takes that desire for service and significance to the level of goals and strategies. We look forward to using the new spaces as resources for reaching out, for serving, and for standing tall for our shared progressive Christian values.
Our improved campus and how it grew
The completed addition adds 2,900 new square feet to the IUCC church campus. Of this, 2,482 sq. ft. will be indoor space and 407 sq. ft. will be outdoor space, including:
3 meeting rooms with operable partitions. Each meeting room will have a seated capacity of 23-28 people. When combined into 1 large room, this multi-use space will be able to accommodate 80 people (seated) and 160 (standing).
2 staff offices: One office will be used by the senior pastor; the other will accommodate 2 staff members.
1 patio immediately adjacent to the staff offices and one of the meeting rooms. With a capacity of 25 people, this new space will serve many needs (pastoral counseling, fellowship, small group meetings and events, etc.)
1 future office to be used in the near-term as flexible work and meeting space for staff and volunteers
1 single-occupancy restroom
Church office with administrative staff work stations
New IUCC signage, frontage landscape improvements (with low-water use plantings), enhanced pedestrian access, and widened driveway
Free up existing church office space so it can be remodeled into a fourth classroom for our busy preschool and Sunday School use
Our construction team
IUCC has been blessed to work with domusstudio architecture, a San Diego-based firm with extensive experience in designing religious and educational facilities. Also based in San Diego, our contractor, Wieland Corp., brings a wealth of building expertise to this project. (And generously offered tours to pastors and Cub Scouts alike).
“Alice Walker once said, ‘Wake up and smell the possibility.’ We have been inspired by and grateful for the legacy left to us by those who came before us at IUCC. Now we are embarking on the creation of another legacy not only for the next generation of people who share in our Progressive Christian values, but for the City of Irvine itself. We are here, we are a strong voice in the faith community, and we matter.”
"Our IUCC campus is here for us because those who gathered here some decades ago envisioned, and provided for, the progressive community of faith that nourishes us today. We feel their touch. Our success is a fulfillment of their vision. Today we are proud to see IUCC stand proudly as a place of sanctuary, a place of social action, and a place above all where all are welcome."