Pathways Letter April 28, 2021
Dear New Horizons Congregation,
We as Elders want to give you a written update as to how the Pathways construction project is progressing.
When we first began collecting bids for the various work necessary to complete our building project (electricians, steel work, concrete, plumbing, etc.), the quotes we received quickly revealed that we needed to find creative solutions for some of the items. In working with Dave, our consultant, we agreed to an aggressive financial goal of roughly $100/square foot as the ideal "all in" target for the project. That reduced cost resulted in the original goal we presented to the church of $1.2 million.
However, as the project kicked off, we began to see various situations which challenged that financial goal. Delays due to Covid19, unforeseen soils issues, rising material costs, poor workmanship from a vendor and inconsistent project management have all caused our financial target for this project to increase. Instead of $100/square foot, the project now stands between $160-$170/square foot, meaning our total cost will be close to $2,200,000.00-$2,300,000.00. This is still a lower than average number for projects in this area, but it's obviously more than our original goal.
About two months ago, Randy shared we need about $200,000 to get us to the finish line. This does not include the wood gym floor, the chairs, and some of the sports equipment. This does include a 60x100 lawn for outside meals and connection, ministry outreaches such as sports camp and a youth and kids play area.
The great news is that God has been so very faithful during this process. Almost all of our materials have been procured. We have better project management processes in place and the contractors currently working with us are top notch. And the original commitments of $235,000.00 have turned into $857,529.00 of actual gifts! As we look toward completion, we are optimistic and grateful for God's goodness, and excited to see this building be used to serve the Five Mile Community.
Here's what all of this information means for you. We need people praying for provision, safety, savings and efficiency all the way to completion. We need volunteers who can help with things like framing, hanging drywall, painting, landscaping, placing sod, laying tile and ongoing general cleaning. We also are praying for the funds to complete this project. As stated earlier, we need $200,000 minimum to get us into the building and another $160,000 est. for a complete finish.
We are so excited about how this congregation continues to respond, through volunteering, prayer, giving and drawing unsaved to the Lord through ministries and services and being Jesus, even before the new building is in place.
Thank you again for being on board with the Pathways vision which God has called us to!
Your elders at New Horizons Community Church
Jim Lenard, Norm Engeland, Jeff Stevenson, KC Constable and Randy Hood