Embrace & Transform


June 11, 2017

On June 4, we celebrated First Fruits Sunday of the Embrace & Transform Building Campaign. On Sunday, we collected $181,694 bringing our total received to date to $416,967. This total represents 18 percent of the total amount pledged.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

As of today, we have received 239 pledges totally $2,349,674. More pledges are coming in each week.  We are so very close to our second goal of $2.5M. And in fact, it’s never too late to return a commitment card to the Embrace & Transform campaign.  You can pick up a commitment card at the church or you can complete one online HERE.

The more we receive in pledges, the more we will realize our full potential in modernizing our facilities. If you have pledged, Thank You!  If you haven’t, don’t miss out on being part of the unfolding work of God in the life of our congregation.  Be part of the Embrace & Transform exciting story of God doing a new thing in the life of FUMC Allen.

Beyond the campaign, the building committee has selected Hill & Wilkinson as the general contractor for the process of value engineering. They will work with our architect, GFF, through the design development phase and construction documents to ensure we are getting the best value along with the most economical and feasible product.  They will evaluate every detail of the building project to make sure it aligns with the vision. This process will take the much of the remainder of the year in hopes of breaking ground in the first part of 2018.

The first thing to be accomplished with the general contractor, architect, and our building committee is to make sure the current plans are aligned with our vision and expectations.  Members of the “Alignment” subcommittee will soon meet with the other two entities.  After this meeting, they’ll hold a follow up meeting to make sure plans are aligned with the budget.  After this, the architect will move forward with design development and creating the in-depth details of the building.

We have not yet set a date for the next Town Hall meeting, but be watching for an announcement. The Building Committee is anxious to provide the congregation with forthcoming details.

We’ll also hold a Church Conference this fall to present the complete details of the building and the final budget for the congregation’s approval.  All of this is in anticipation of breaking ground in early 2018.

Please feel free to contact any member of the building committee if you have questions.
Jeanie Schulmeister, Chair
Keith Carper
Josh Arnold
Alan Quick
Dawn Horton
Joseph Bush III
Marvin Breeze

Brock Fairchild
Greg Robertson
Niki Herron
Erin White
Scott Gallaway
Kim White
Larry Wright

Todd Harris

From you, we ask for continued prayers as we move forward in our building and planning process.

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


May 7, 2017

On Celebration Sunday, April 30,  we experienced energizing worship throughout the morning inspired by the Chancel Choir, Resonate, Catalyst, and Project Praise. We were moved by an inspiring video and gathered in the gym following worship to dine on Fed by Faith’s famous pulled pork. We enjoyed God’s presence through our time of worship and fellowship together.

One of the highlights of the morning came during our worship services when we announced that 70 households had already offered three-year commitments totaling $1,511,760 to the capital campaign. The excitement of this milestone day in the life of our congregation captured the spirit and momentum that we are experiencing during this important season of ministry at FUMC Allen.
The majority of the congregation has yet to return commitment cards so we can only imagine the potential of our collective generosity for the Embrace & Transform Campaign. We are approaching our First Step goal of $2 million and our Challenge goal of $2.5 million. Our Celebration goal of $3 million in three-year commitments is within reach!
All who were in attendance on Celebration Sunday received commitment cards; some have already returned a card, but we’ve included cards in a mailing sent out on May 2 to ensure that every household has the opportunity to be a part of the success of the Embrace & Transform Campaign. Our Commitment Sunday worship services are Sunday, May 7, and every household will be invited to bring a card forward during worship on that day. If you are unable to attend on Sunday, you may click one of the links below to fill out an online commitment card or right click on the commitment card image to download and print.
Some of our faithful volunteers will be making some reminder contacts in the coming days to ensure that every active household in the church is encouraged to return a card prior to Announcement Sunday, May 21, when we celebrate during worship the Grand Total of all the commitments. We’ll send these reminder emails during the days following Commitment Sunday.


Embrace & Transform is the name we’ve chosen for our capital campaign that will modernize our facility to strengthen our ministry in the congregation and community. We are fortunate people to be a part of this church at this time when we have the chance to do something truly lasting and impactful for First United Methodist Church of Allen. And great momentum has begun among the 25 households serving in leadership for our campaign.

People are excited and energized by the movement of God’s Spirit. CAUTION: this enthusiasm is contagious!

On February 27, we mailed to FUMC Allen households a Vision Brochure detailing the purpose of the Embrace & Transform campaign. We ask all who receive it to read and study the material carefully because it should answer many of your questions.  We address additional questions in our Town Hall FAQs.

This first mailing also includes two key tags with our campaign logo and a simple prayer:

Lord, What Do You Want To Do Through Me?

We ask you to place this tag on a key ring or another prominent place as a daily reminder to seek God’s guidance regarding your participation in the campaign in the coming days. If we all seek, discover, and then act according to the direction of the Spirit, something truly extraordinary will happen!

The days ahead are some of the most critical in the history of our church. Join us as we come together in prayer and respond in such a way that we will see the hand of God in our work.

It’s about embracing ministry.

  • Embrace our vision.
  • Embrace our commitment of our time, talent, gifts, service, and witness.
  • Embrace all people and all generations.
  • Embrace missions.
  • Embrace the Spirit to lead us.


It’s an opportunity for God to transform us individually and as a congregation.

  • Transform us to strengthen our faith.
  • Transform us to be an inviting church with radical hospitality.
  • Transform us to reach others in our community and be impactful in their lives.

Embrace & Transform Committees

Campaign Chairs
Scott Gallaway
Henry & Nancy Lessner
Campaign Coordinators
Murry & Alyce McKenzie
Lead Gifts Team
Chris & Jeanie Schulmeister
Chuck Williams
Communications Team
Brock & Elizabeth Fairchild
Johnny & Holly Stephens
Melinda O'Brien
Advance Commitments Team
Ted & Kelley Bernhard
Ken & Susan Fulk
Jason & Susan Hale
Scott & Dawn Horton
Carol & Walt Smithwick
Gratitude & Ministry Team
Kevin & Sheri Sides
Laurie Sweet
Willis & Kim White
Celebration Team
Dana & Scott Allison
Rod & Trish Morehead
Connection Team
Kevin & Kim Brooks
Pam & Paul Chevrefils
Youth/Children's Team
Brett & Eileen Glover
Debbie Hockaday
Prayer Team
Jim & Liz German
David & Burna Faye Kennedy
Glenda May
Daisy & James Miller
Tim Purser
Denny & Ruth Swingle

first phase rendering

Embrace & Transform: A History

Town Hall Update
January 19, 2017
Town Hall FAQs
January 8, 2017
Vision 2020: Coming into Focus
December 28, 2016
Charge Conference Update
December 15, 2016
Case Statement
October 25, 2016
Town Hall Meeting
August 25, 2016
Share Your Dreams
August 11, 2016
Town Hall Meeting
August 5, 2016
Stepping Stones & Next Steps
November 11, 2015
Stepping N2 The Future
October 15, 2014