Building Expansion Update: Construction and Fundraising
- We did sign a construction contract this last Monday (March 23rd) and we are grateful for the patience of our church family. It “only” took 3+ years, but we should now start to see some visible progress beyond in addition to the children’s wing renovation that has already been completed.
- The estimated time for demolition and construction will take 275 days, which will put us right around Christmas for completion of the construction and renovation.
- One of the first things that will happen is that the children’s resource closet, on the west side of the building, will be emptied and turned into a temporary entrance during the expansion of the south side of the building. We may also see about having people enter through the back door on the northeast side of the building, but this is still in the planning phases. We ask for your patience and flexibility as we try to accommodate our week-to-week activities and the construction.
- Once the steel is ordered for the expansion, it will take about 15 weeks for it to arrive, which will be sometime around the first of July. I suspect things will start to pick up considerably prior to the arrival of the steel.
- There are a lot of details that are not yet known as it relates to when and how, but we will do our best to keep you posted so we can adjust as necessary.
FUNDRAISING AND FINISHING WHAT WE STARTED
The generosity of our church has been outstanding and encouraging. A big thank you to all who have supported this project.
With the support of the Finance and Facilities Team, the Elders explained to the church on February 22nd that we still need to raise at least $160,000. Since March marks the end of our three-year capital campaign, “Building Up”, the Elders have devised a plan to continue raising funds for the expansion and renovation. The plan is to:
- Pray for God to increase our faith and provide through His people what is needed.
- Ask those who made a pledge in March of 2012 to continue to work toward completing their pledge. There are still over $100,000 dollars in outstanding pledges from the original campaign.
- Ask those who have completed their pledges to continue to give for the next year as they are able.
- Ask those who have not yet joined us in giving to do so as they are able.
- When we get close to the completion of the project and have a better idea of the exact amount we need to finish, we will make it know to the church and ask for people to pray and give sacrificially to raise what is needed.
In other words, we are going to ease off the fundraising pedal for the next several months and ask those who can continue to give to do so, and then we will do a big push in the last few months of construction. We hope that seeing construction progress will serve as a catalyst for giving.
Finally, in regard to fundraising, I want to clarify questions and concerns that I suspect are in the minds of more than a few.
- As a matter of priority, I would rather you give to the ministry of the church by way of regular, joyful and sacrificial giving, and to missions before you give to the building fund. This building project is important, but it must not prevent us from local and missions ministry.
- I recognize we are asking our church to give sacrificially, and I am sensitive to the potential of fostering giving fatigue, but I hope we can continue to work together and trust God together with joyful hearts that honor our Lord.
- We have not, and we will not take on any debt to complete this project. We do have enough money available to complete most of this construction and renovation project. The rest of the money we need to raise will be mostly for finishes and furnishings.
I am excited about getting started and I look forward to the day when we look back and see how far God has brought us in this endeavor so that we can continue to glorify God together by trusting Jesus and obeying all that He has commanded.