January Expanding His Mission of Love

Our design-build contractor, Keller, has been hard at work since November developing final plans to submit to the state for approval. Our site civil engineer, Schuler, has also been working toward finalizing our site plans for city permits.

Keller plans to re-bid our project in January, making use of updated plans, bid solicitation with WELS-affiliated subcontractors, and taking into account work that will be done by Builders for Christ on the south (education) wing. We expect an updated proposal from Keller by the end of January. Historically, January is a good time of year to get building quotes, when contractors are interested in lining up work for the coming year. We pray that God will provide us with a good bidding climate!

Coordination is ongoing with Builders for Christ. We’ve been working on such issues as defining the separation of their work from Keller’s, laying out their RV “campsite” to work with planned site improvements, and discussing their other needs such as meals.

The preliminary schedule is as follows: shortly after we’ve celebrated our risen Savior at Easter on Sunday, April 21, Keller plans to break ground. First steps include: some utility relocation/extensions, foundation work, and demolition work. Builders for Christ plans to mobilize the first week in June. Our goal is completion by Sunday, September 1.

We expect Keller to provide a more detailed schedule in late February or early March, so that we can work with them on where and when certain portions of our building are available for use during construction. For example, accommodations will need to be made on how and where we will conduct worship services while sanctuary remodeling and addition are underway.

Last summer, the Building Committee solicited volunteer questionnaires to learn more about our members’ talents and availability. We anticipate providing new questionnaires in February for any members who wish to update or provide new information. There will be many opportunities to serve, including: work on the AV/Sound system, painting and staining, assisting with electrical work, landscaping, providing meals for Builders for Christ, and so on.

We thank God for blessing our planning efforts thus far. May God continue to bless our efforts as we strive to serve him with our time, talents, and treasures.

Land Purchase Progress

On Thursday, January 3, Joel Schmidt, our church president, and Pastor Dave Pries, our administrative pastor, delivered the offer to purchase legal documents to Karen Jakubek who owns the land to east of our property. We are meeting with her again on Tuesday, January 8 to discuss. She may accept our offer, reject our offer, or make a counter offer. It is now in her hands to think about this offer and pray about it. Please keep Karen in your prayers as well. We will continue to keep you informed of the progress.

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