October – Session had a retreat resulting in a shared vision to use our property for affordable housing.
- February – Idea presented to the congregation at the Annual Meeting, discussions ensued.
- September – The congregation defers pursuing proposed vision in favor of the New Beginnings process.
January – New Beginnings process begins with training of leaders in Appreciative Inquiry. House meetings begin shortly thereafter.
- July – New Beginnings completed and reports presented.
- September – Session agrees to pursue Mission Redefinition.
- April – Shannon Kiser, New Church Development Coach, meets with Session.
May – Kick-off retreat with Shannon Kiser and interested congregational members resulting in the formation of the Vision Team.
- August – The Vision Team shares stories of our community encounters with the congregation.
- December – Conversation between congregation and other partners begins regarding our proposed plan.
- February – Vision Team presents its final report to Session. A recommendation to move forward with the proposed redevelopment.
- April-June – APAH conducts Feasibility Study including biweekly meetings between APAH and APC affordable housing team.
- June – APC and APAH present proposed development to the Administrative Commission on Congregational Property (ACCP) of the National Capital Presbytery (NCP).
- July – APC submits package to the ACCP requesting approval of a Predevelopment Agreement. ACCP concludes it does not have authority to approve predevelopment agreement but “enthusiastically endorses” the project.
- October – APC and APAH submit a Request for Action regarding further planning for redevelopment. We created a package of materials to help ACCP understand our process and incorporate the guidance of the ACCP and its attorneys to focus our planning and due diligence.
- October – ACCP declines the package and asks that we resubmit with draft documents, independent appraisal, and other procedural items by November 2013.
- November – APC Congregation votes 34-19 in favor of moving forward with redevelopment of property.
- November – APC resubmits a Request for Action to ACCP for their December meeting.
- January – Presbytery Council hears report and request from ACCP regarding APC’s proposed redevelopment.
- January – Members of the church who lived in the neighborhood seek to designate APC’s building as a historical site. At a hearing before the Arlington County Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) vote against the designation, sparing us from being declared “historic” and restricting our redevelopment.
- January – Open Space Presentation at Presbytery meeting entitled, “Why we believe God is calling us to tear down our building and start over.”
- February – ACCP rejects APC’s proposed plan but leaves the door open for us to return with a revised plan.
- April – NCP’s consultant issues a Request for Proposal to APAH to consider fee simple sale. This takes the initial ground lease option off the table.
- June – APAH provides a revised Letter of Intent for Fee Simple Sale. This scenario and its implications are shared with the congregation.
- June – October – Negotiations around revised Letter of Intent continue.
- November – By a 2/3rds vote, the congregation approves the Letter of Intent for a Fee Simple Sale to APAH for $8.48M. Included is an option to lease retail space in the new development.
- November – Leadership Council approved the Letter of Intent.
- December – Finalized Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) delivered to National Capital Presbytery.
- January – Vote to approve PSA at Presbytery meeting. Vote was approved resoundingly with no dissent. Commissioners gave us a standing ovation.
- August – APAH’s completes it’s Feasibility Period and makes the first escrow deposit.
- August – Session recommends the property be named Gilliam Place after former elder and member, Ronda A. Gilliam. This name recognizes the ongoing missional legacy of our congregation.
- December – Arlington County Board meets to consider the proposed development. It is approved 6-0.
- June – Final worship in sanctuary at 3507 Columbia Pike and first worship service at the Arlington United Methodist Church Chapel.
- July – Pipe organ is gifted to Calvary Presbyterian Church and our pews go to a congregation in Sterling, VA.
- July – The remaining unclaimed items in the church become part of a community Give-away day.
- July – We complete the sale of the property to APAH. We also receive reimbursement for all of our development expenses, a total of $118,000.
- August – We receive a new term sheet/Letter of Intent to lease retail space at Gilliam Place (new development)
- November – We request an extension to our initial letter of intent to the end of December.
- December – We intentionally let lapse the first right of refusal to lease space at Gilliam Place.
- January – Sharon Core’s last Sunday as the Pastor of APC.
- March – After walking the community, Our Moving Forward Team meets to discuss and discern purchasing the land behind Gilliam Place as garden/green space. APAH agrees to discuss land purchase.
- April – The congregation unanimously approves a proposal to purchase land. This becomes part of a shared ministry plan that includes financial and congregational support of three ministries in the Alcova Heights community: La Cocina, VOICE, and ASPIRE!
- May – NCP Leadership Council approves our request to use funds from the sale of our property to purchase the land.
- June – We close on the purchase of the land for $700,000, and begin holding worship services in the new green space.
- July – Our new garden space hosts the groundbreaking ceremony for Gilliam Place.
- November – One of the stipulations of purchasing the land is that APC will be a presence in the Alcova Heights community. A new Letter of Intent from APAH is offered for the lease of office and worship space in Gilliam Place.
- January – We receive approval of the Shared Ministry Funding plan, including funding for VOICE, La Cocina, ASPIRE!
- January – Our new Letter of Intent is signed to lease 3000-3500 sq. ft. Gilliam Place.
- March – We sign a design contract with the Garrett Group to help us imagine our interior space at Gilliam Place.
- May – Our Ministry Funding Plan is approved by Leadership Council of NCP with the funds for the plan coming from sales proceeds.
- July – The congregation votes to extend a call to Rev. Ashley Goff to be the next pastor at APC.
- August – October – We hold congregational visioning sessions to help determine how our new space will look and function.
- November – Our Gilliam Place Lease is approved by the ACCP.
- December – NCP’s Leadership Council approves the lease, the costs to build out space, and the relocation of our congregation.
- January – National Capital Presbytery votes to approve relocation of congregation to Gilliam Place.
- March – Our 10-year lease and construction contract to build out the space begins.
- June – We receive a core and shell permit to begin construction on the retail space at Gilliam Place
- September – APC moves into Gilliam Place.
- November – APC holds its Grand Opening.