Letter from the Rector regarding Construction
Dear Church Family,
Important and Urgent Update About Our Building Project
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4
By the grace of God and the generous giving of so many people, we are now just days away from signing a contract for the new construction and hope to have a groundbreaking ceremony within weeks! (If you missed Wednesday evening’s Town Hall meeting, you may watch it here and/or download a copy of the PowerPoint slides here.) I write today to ask for your help:
Will You Pray?
Will you commit to praying daily for the next week for God’s special provision for Ascension: for clarity and unity in our leadership’s decision-making in the coming days, and for additional funding?
I am also putting before you two very specific and urgent financial needs:
Can You Give?
We need to raise an additional $89,000 to complete the current (revised) project.
We want to raise a further $415,000 (on top of the $89,000) – so that we can put back into the project some of the things that have had to be taken out, including the refurbishment of the staff offices, the replacement of the main entrance doors to the church, as well as various other improvements that would be so valuable to our ministry.
The urgency of this request. Our cash flow position allows us to be able to receive gifts over an extended period. Faithful stewardship, however, means that we need to know now whether additional pledges/gifts will be made. This need is urgent. If we are going to be able to put back some of the things taken out, we will have to make that decision within a few months. As I reiterated on Wednesday evening, we remain committed to our commitment not to go into debt to complete this project.
How you can give. I am so grateful to all who have already given generously and, for some, even sacrificially. As we put the needs before the congregation, we are now also asking that you prayerfully consider making a new or additional gift towards this project. If you have not yet given, please will you give now? If you are soon to complete your multi-year gift, could you extend that gift for another year or two? If you are able to make a new pledge, or will extend your pledge, please fill out this NEW PLEDGE FORM.
For those who missed Wednesday evening’s Town Hall Meeting. I encourage you to watch the recording and/or view the slides. Among the things I shared was that, for many reasons – including inflation, supply-chain problems, and a very busy local market – construction bids came in far higher than anticipated.
After much prayer, many hours of meetings with our architects and the general contractors (who have been overseeing the numerous bids from many sub-contractors), and following a special Vestry meeting, I was pleased to announce that we have been able to negotiate significant savings, and are now ready to move forward with our building project.
The long-awaited project to create a larger parish hall, new narthex, new bathrooms, and a new outdoor patio/commons, God willing, will begin soon, and hopefully should be finished by the end of next year.