Summer Projects

Our Board of Trustees in consultation with our Administrative Council have accepted two bids for projects to be completed this summer. The first is from Superior Asphalt to finish the parking lot adjacent to our Activity Center. The second is from Myers Plumbing to replace the boiler system in the Wesley Center. The estimate for both projects is $71,150.

The good news is that we have already raised or set aside $56,500 toward these two projects, leaving a balance to be raised of $14,500. However, that number should come down as we are anticipating a $2,700 rebate for our new boiler system. Funding has come from general giving to the building fund, the Wyman Coulter Trust, an estate gift from Helen Carlson, and proceeds from our Endowment II which is designated for building needs. However, one of the restrictions we have on that endowment is that the proceeds cannot be used for new construction. Therefore, we cannot use those proceeds on the parking lot, but we can use them for the boiler system. That is one reason why these two projects are being presented together.

Our existing boiler was installed in the mid-1960s and has become increasingly prone to failure and more expensive to maintain. Additionally, it was designed to run at 66% efficiency, which was typical for that era. We will begin seeing the benefits of our new boiler system this fall as it will run much more efficiently than what we have now.

We invite you to invest in the future of our church by giving to these projects. When you give, please designate your gifts to the Building Fund rather than naming either project. This will give our finance committee the most flexibility in paying our contractors.

I realize that these two projects aren’t as exciting as renovating the MAC was in 2015 and 2016. However, paving the parking lot will address a growing need in our congregation. As more people utilize our facilities throughout the week, finding suitable parking has become more difficult. As for our boiler, well, we’ve known for several years that it’s been running on borrowed time and the grace of God.

Our treasurer has expressed a willingness to take out a small, short-term loan, if necessary, to complete both projects this summer. I hope that we will not have to do that. However, it does speak to the timeliness of these projects. This summer is the time to complete both of them. Together, they will position us for a blessed future for many years to come.

Yours for the Mission,

Pastor Dave

June Update!

In last month’s Courier, two summer projects were presented, the completion of our parking lot and the replacement of our boiler system in the Wesley Center. The estimate for both projects is $71,150.

In May, final grading was completed on our parking lot with several tons of gravel applied to form the base, and it has been paved with asphalt and striped.

Work to replace our boiler had to wait until after May 18 when our TLC Preschool wrapped up for the summer. Once again, we anticipate that demolition of our old boiler will begin by the time you receive this newsletter.

On the financial front, we have already raised or set aside $61,896 toward these two projects, leaving a balance to be raised of $9,254.  However, that number should come down as we are anticipating a $2,700 rebate for our new boiler system. Since these projects were announced in church on April 15, $10,750 has been given toward them in just five weeks. Included in that $10,750 is $1,000 from the Rebecca Circle which were proceeds from their spring rummage sale.

Please invest in the future of our church by giving toward these projects. When you give, please designate your gifts to the Building Fund rather than naming either project. This will give our finance committee the most flexibility in paying our contractors.

Thank you in advance for your faithful support of these projects above and beyond your regular support of our church. Completing these projects will position our church for a blessed future for many years to come.

Yours for the mission,

Pastor Dave

July Update

Our parking lot has been paved, striped and paid for! With that, our Methodist Activity Center project is finished! There are still some things to be done, of course, but those things are either repairs or they are not critical to the operation of the MAC.

The project began in September 2012 and we completed it without incurring any debt. Phase one included the acquisition of two properties and the demolition of the house at a cost of $103,360. Phase two involved the renovation of the MAC at a cost of $276,340. Phase three involved the retaining wall, sidewalk, handrail and parking lot at a cost of $123,130. Total cost for all three phases was $502,830. Congregational giving and fundraising covered 40% of the project; endowment distributions, 43%; memorial and estate giving, 9%; and grants from the Wyman Coulter Trust and Main Street Orion accounted for 8% of the project.

Our next project is replacing our boiler; that will happen this summer. We have already raised or set aside over $28,000 for this project; less than $9,000 remains. You may invest in the future of our church by giving toward this project. When you give, please designate your gifts to the Building Fund.

Thank you in advance for your faithful support of these projects above and beyond your regular support of our church. Completing these projects will position our church for a blessed future for many years to come.

Yours for the Mission,

Pastor Dave

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