St. Margaret’s has everything to be proud of and nothing to be ashamed of. Members participated at a high level in the surveys and town-halls. The Building Committee worked to create not just one but two plans to meet the immediate needs of the parish – even if it looked like it would take 12 years to get there. Tom Dean kept us together and on track. Our architect, Mark Franzen, gave much more than we could have ever asked for, developing a handsome workable plan. The Stewardship Committee led an effective Capital Campaign – and you knocked it out of the park. The latest numbers show that we achieved the $2 million goal and then some: almost $2.16 million in pledges, and almost $500,000 received in less than nine months. Denis Greene not only showed us what to do and ensured that we didn’t understate or overstate our capacity. He hit it right on the button and encouraged us to keep going until we got there. The Finance Council and Robert Lane provided accurate information and the kind of wise guidance that enabled us to dream objectively. Altogether, St. Margaret’s presentation to the diocesan finance and building commissions set a new standard that other parishes will have to stretch to achieve. Even so, we’ve stopped. Everything that looked so clear when we began, now looks very foggy. While we can be grateful that we stopped before we saddled future parishioners with unaffordable debt, it still hurts. It took a long time to get here, and we didn’t have a plan in place for something no one foresaw. Please be patient.