I wanted to give everyone an update on the building project progress. Since the congregational meeting things are in full swing. There have been multiple meetings of the building committee, staff, Station 19 (our Architect), Langer Construction (our general contractor) and others. We all feel very blessed that you have entrusted us with this great task. The plan is really coming together beautifully. The people we are working with understand what our vision is, and since they work with churches often, they understand that we want to build this to the glory of God and the building must be centered on him and building his community.
We have finalized the design concept for our new Church and are getting into the details of the look and feel of our new space. Over the next few months, we will be having several meetings. Details, such as meeting our audio and visual needs, will need to be worked out. We need to have an AV consultant help us setup the infrastructure and generate plans for our hearing impaired loop, acoustics, lighting system, sound and video design for the sanctuary and commons areas. Planning the interior and exterior materials will take multiple meetings. Meetings with the planning commission, city, county, watershed district, and others are underway. Construction documents will be drawn and bids for the work to be done will be completed by late spring. Once we have congregational approval, construction can begin in early summer of 2017
We want to thank Mark Perry for all of the work he has been doing on our behalf regarding the conservation easement on the property and relocating a portion of that. Without help like this from our members, this project would be much more expensive and harder to accomplish. I encourage anyone that has a construction business or may know of someone in the trades that might be able to help us reduce the cost to please let us know.
We are still about $1,000,000.00 short of our total needs to complete this project. The plan is to continue to raise additional funds. Whatever money is not raised prior to starting construction will be secured through a short term construction loan until enough money can be raised. Your time, talents and treasures are needed. I want to thank everyone that has called or emailed me with questions on how they can help with the construction of our new building. I have been asked to put a list together to help people understand what items we need to raise money for. The items listed below are included in the budget; however, if we can raise the money for these things ahead of time, it will greatly reduce the money we may have to borrow. While this list is not totally inclusive and is not listed in order of importance, it is a list to help us start thinking and dreaming about this beautiful new facility. Please see our website for additional items and information. Costs are just an estimate until bids are received.
A beautiful new steeple for the church entrance
Adornments for the new altar
A row of 10 chairs (450+ Chairs needed for the sanctuary)
Audio/video equipment, monitors and hearing impaired loop
Furniture for the commons area, youth/multi-use room, etc.
Landscaping around the new building
Worshiping in our dedicated church space starting in February 2018
with your family, fellow members and guests
For bid information or gifts in kind, please contact Building Committee Chair Kevin Laleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-956-2155.