Red Brick Road Campaign
What is that Snorkelift doing in front of the church?
April 8, 2016 Update
Thanks to all the donors to the Red Brick Road capital campaign and the property committee and council for leadership on the huge project (many projects, actually). The last phase of the plan is to repair the 86 year old bell tower. We have the money in hand to pay for this and work has begun. Work will last for approximately six weeks as this project proceeds. It will be messy and ugly. But we have had such a positive experience with our contractors, Building Restoration Corporation, during the other two projects they did for us, that we can be confident they will make it as painless as possible.
We will have use of the handicapped parking on Olinda Trail on the weekends during this project. We apologize for the complications this will cause for folks, particularly Tuesday night worshipers.
Unless we have a nasty surprise in the bell tower, this project is coming in under budget. And it is all paid for. That means that Elim is completing a nearly quarter of a million dollar restoration plan without incurring any debt. Thanks to all the fundraising organizers and donors for this amazing achievement. My hope is that the general fund will receive more donations now that the capital campaign goal has been realized.
All this has taken place while continuing to do the work God put us here to do. We remain a congregation committed to mission and ministry in the name of Christ. Preaching, teaching, welcoming, feeding, sheltering, healing, loving God’s children here in Scandia, out in the greater community and around the world.
Capital Campaign Match Challenge has raised more than enough to receive the $20,000 match! Thank you for your generosity!
At the 2015 Annual Meeting, our Elim Lutheran Church Council kicked off a campaign to raise funds to repair, maintain, and update our historic and beautiful church in which we worship each week and from which so many fabulous works of God begin.
During this past summer (2014), as a result of deteriorated bricks in the courtyard and tearing of membrane on the flat roof, water damage occurred inside the sanctuary and vestibule.
With the water damage, came damage to the interior walls and ceilings which required plaster repair and patch painting. The fixing of the brick, flat roof, and the interior plaster was completed in the fall. This spring we painted our entire sanctuary. The next step in the sanctuary facelift was replacing all of the carpet. This is necessary due to torn places and puckering, which is unsightly and unsafe. New carpet was installed in June.
During the summer, the cement work on the steps outside the sacristy, the sidewalk by that north door, and the entrance to the courtyard were arell repaired and/or replaced.
In addition, the Property Committee has identified two other major projects that must be addressed. First is the bell tower. Its interior has significant deterioration and needs repair to avoid further structural damage. We are currently determining the extent of exterior deterioration, after which we’ll outline the specific needed repairs. For best use of resources, interior and exterior repairs should happen in tandem.
However, we will wait to have the necessary funds before beginning the bell tower project, we project being able to begin in spring 2016. The second major project is our classroom light fixtures. They are very old, require continual and costly maintenance, and are energy inefficient. The anticipated cost of all of these projects is between $150,000 and $175,000.
As of the end of September 2015, our capital campaign has raised $158,500. This has allowed us to pay in full the cost of the completed projects named above (brick repair, roof, painting, carpet, cement work). We have approximately $30,000 available in our Special Needs Building Fund toward the upcoming projects.
God bless all of you who have donated to this campaign so far and/or contributed your time and effort to the campaign and repairs. Also, special thanks to Glen Sackman and his Property Committee for their hard work this past year and a half.
Please consider making a gift of the fruits of your labor that God has entrusted to you by printing and completing the filling out the form.
Elim Church Council