The merger team recommended Community of Hope, A United Methodist Congregation as the new church name. Above is a possible logo. for the new church.

August Town Hall Update

To the Congregations at Riverside and College Avenue United Methodist Churches:

To maintain our commitment to transparency and communication, we are writing you today sharing exciting developments regarding the future of our merger process. As you now know, All-Church Conferences are scheduled at both churches for Sunday, August 22 where each member present will vote to approve the Merger Team’s recommendations for the location, name, and mission and vision statements of the new church.

Contingent upon this vote passing, a Charge Conference following the All-Church Conference is scheduled for Riverside only. Over the past two weeks, the Merger Team has ascertained from Mark Sturgis of ADM Commercial Realty a Broker’s Opinion of Value (BOV) of the Riverside building and land, which he provided at no cost. Mr. Sturgis also encouraged us not to delay in listing the property as he has several interested parties already. Per The Book of Discipline, approving the sale of property requires the action of the Charge Conference. Only eligible members of the Riverside Governing Council will be allowed to vote on this action. The Charge Conference was announced at Riverside yesterday, August 8 and will be announced again Sunday, August 15.

Please note, this action does not guarantee the immediate sale or vacation of the Riverside property. But it does guarantee beginning the process of selling the Riverside property. As it stands, the proposed timeline for our merger remains, with the goal of beginning the new liturgical and calendar years together. We, the undersigned, are in support of both this recommendation and the anticipated decision on August 22. We are grateful for Divine guidance and providence bringing us to this place in our new, merged life together.

Sincerely, in Christ,

The Reverend Keith A. Turner


Joe Speece

Chair, Riverside UMC Governing Council

Jennifer Murray

Chair, College Avenue UMC Governing Board

Larry Souders

Head Trustee, Riverside UMC

Eric Scherrer

Head Trustee, College Avenue UMC

Darwin Keyton & Larry Campbell

Real Estate Committee Liaisons to the Merger Team

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