Extending Grace Q&A
1. Why are we doing this?
a. The building faces many maintenance requirements. The lights in the auditorium and the system that controls them are outdated beyond getting replacement parts. The kitchen and bathrooms are undersized and unable to accommodate our desire for hospitality. Our children’s ministry is overcrowded, as well as our staff.
b. Our leadership desires to provide greater capacity for the Grace family and ministry to those outside the Grace family in which ministry can happen and be supported by this facility.
2. How much is this going to cost?
a. The total project will be between 3 and 3.5 million dollars.
b. We propose doing the project in 3 phases. Each will have its own cost and can be done independently (see the ‘Extended Grace Overview and Budget’ for details).
c. Will there be a loan that will need to be repaid?
d. The Elders have determined that we will not borrow. We will only proceed into the next phase when full funding is available.
3. How you can be involved.
a. Ask questions. We want you to be as fully informed as you want to be.
b. Prayerfully consider how our facilities (both current and proposed) can be better used as a ministry tool to both our congregation and our community. We will all be provided prayer guides to help encourage our thinking and our response. This is a spiritual journey on which we embark, and the prayer to begin this is that this journey will result in a closer walk with our Lord.
c. Begin to prayerfully consider how God might be inviting you to participate financially.
4. When should we give?
a. Each family is being asked to take the months of March and April to pray and seek from the Lord how you should respond.
b. The last Sunday in April, we will bring our gifts and celebrate what God has done through his body and Grace. (If you will be away on April 28, you can direct your gift to the ‘Extending Grace Building Fund’.)
c. A restricted fund called “Extending Grace Building Fund” has been established and will remain open until the project is completed.
5. What will be done after April 28
a. The amount given on April 28 will determine our next step.
b. If enough is given to complete Phase I or II, we will proceed.
c. If enough money is not given, we wait until God provides before beginning /completing each phase.