As spring approaches, the pace for our building project is picking up speed (check out this overview for a bit of background)! This is such an exciting – and demanding – season for our church family. We’re currently waste-deep in three phases of the project: design, build, and banking.
Last week our architect, Dave Wilde, came for a visit to walk a team of elders, staff, and volunteers through the latest rendition of our building plans. This was an opportunity for discussion and final tweaks before we hit the point where edits and updates won’t be so easy (or cheap!).
Dave will be back in Quincy again next week for more discussion. I’m so thankful for this team’s willingness to get into the weeds of the building design. They are intentionally and carefully thinking through details like lobby flow, room acoustics, and door handles – and they are doing so ever sensitive to our mission and purpose as a church. This group gets it: the church is not a building… but they are working hard to make it as an effective a tool as possible for the ministry that God has given us! Keep this team in your prayers!
While the Building Vision Team works on the final 2% of design details, we have been able to secure an on-budget bid from Maas Construction based on Dave’s design. We don’t have anything signed yet (that’s dependent on the third phase, banking)… but this is very exciting! If all goes well, Maas would look to break ground in early March (weather permitting)! Please, pray for the wisdom and discernment of our elders as we prayerfully consider this bid – and work out the necessary details to make it happen.
Speaking of necessary details, we can’t sign a contract with a builder until we’ve talked to the banks. With $1.3 million in hand, we’re in an incredibly blessed position as we talk to banks about helping to finance the remainder of the project. While we’ve had ongoing conversations with banks this fall, now that we have building plans and a firm bid, we can have more concrete conversations about numbers and terms. We have several meetings scheduled for this week and next! Once again, our elders are desperate for your prayer!
As the spring nears, the building project is coming together fast! The next 2-3 weeks will be full of important meetings and decisions. LifePoint, please join us in prayer over every aspect and each phase of this project. It is God’s – and we want to seek Him and His leading each step of the way! So thankful to be on this adventure with YOU – and so thankful for your prayers, generosity, and support!!