June 20, 2010. Our loan was approved on Wed, June 16 and now we can start working!!!! NETT Construction will build our Church, Mark Nett is the contractor. We will be having a special Ground Breaking Ceremony on July 11th at 6 pm, on our property located on East Lincoln Trail Blvd and Fox Ridge Rd, Radcliff, KY. Everyone is invited to attend. Bring a chair and share our joy!
June 16, 2010. Jared Justman, our loan origination officer from WELS CEF emailed about 1pm this afternoon to confirm that our loan was approved!!! The building committee will be working together to plan the groundbreaking ceremony.
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength;
April 16, 2010 - Mark Nett called this afternoon. He wants to let the congregation know that he and his team are working very hard on our project. He is in fact securing two estimates for us:
1) the drawings as they stand
2) the drawings with value engineering
What he means by value engineering is this; he and his subcontractors and looking at the plans and offering suggestions on where we can have nicer materials in the most important areas (sanctuary and narthex) while saving money in other areas (classrooms, office, fellowship hall), and I think we can all agree that we do want the best for our God's house - He's worth it - He's given us His best in His Son Jesus and continues to give His children what is best for them.
He has set a tentative date of April 27th for our next meeting with him and his staff.
I asked Mark about our timetable with CEF, informing him that we would most likely obtain approval from CEF at the end of May for our loan. He said that would not be a problem. If the bid comes in to where the congregation wishes to move forward, they would begin construction in June.
seek his face always." - Psalm 105
Continue to pray for our project and ask the Lord to grant us patience and the willingness to continue to carry out the mission he has given to us while we wait - to seek the unchurched, strive for spiritual growth and to strengthen one another through the Word of God and His Sacraments.
Building Committee Update for February 2010: On Jan 26th the building committee met with Ed Krebs from K Norman Berry Architects and Bill Scott from F.W. Owens, our general contractor. F.W. Owens will be rebidding our project in February with the new changes the committee has made - no fellowship hall, no circle drive in the front of church, painting will be done by members of Faith, the kitchen will be a "white box" (all plumbing and eletrical will be run, but we will finish the kitchen at a later date). The bids should come in around the end of February. Faith Lutheran will then apply for a loan from WELS CEF (Church Extension Fund) in March. Ed Krebs brought suggestions for colors and flooring options in the sanctuary. Also, six church furniture companies are currently looking at our plans to make bids on pews and sanctuary chairs.
Building Committee Update January 2010: After much prayer and discussion, the committee decided to remove the fellowship hall from the building plans. This was done at the suggestion of WELS CEF and will reduce the square footage of the building by 1000 sq ft. We hope that this will also lower the total cost of the building. Not to fret, our master plans include a bigger fellowship hall that will be constructed as a stand alone building with its own full kitchen, bathrooms etc, which could be rented out without having to open the entire worship facility. Some other minor changes were made to the facility to help lower costs: the members of Faith will paint the facility ($12,000 savings), the kitchen will be wired and plumbed but will finished at a later date ($20,000 savings). The circle drive in front of the building was eliminated ($9,000 savings). Our general contractor will be collecting bids from subcontractors this month. At the end of the month we will have a new total project cost and will apply for our loan with CEF in February. At the next meeting (look for announcements in the bulletin) we will be looking at color schemes and flooring for the sanctuary, gathering space, offices and classrooms.
With the expertise of the architect the committee will choose two different color schemes for each space. The congregation will then come to a consensus on which color scheme they like best. A grant application was sent to the Antioch Foundation, we hope to hear back from them in March. Remember that last year they gave us a generous gift of $45,000 which was used to pay for architect’s fees. Speak to Jake Stover if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Building Committee Update August 2009
Construction drawings are at 95% complete, so our general contractor, FW Owens, will be sending out bids for our new facility. A new estimated total project cost should be available in three weeks. Continue to pray that we can break ground in Spring 2010.
Our loan with CEF for our new worship facility
The treasurer reports that $143,207.00 was pledged on Committment Sunday, Dec 14, 2008, to be given over three years. As of July 31, 2009, $34,571.06 has been given. We are $10,148.06 ahead of our pledges because some members have “front loaded” their pledges, in other words, they have already given all or a majority of their pledge in order to take advantage of the matching funds promised by CEF.
When we apply for our loan (sometime in Oct or Nov) CEF will match our 20% downpayment with a matching grant. Think about ways you could front load your pledge. If you would like to participate in the Faith Builds the Future campaign to build a new worship facility please speak to Rich Poore, Richard Elliott or Pastor Horn.