It’s thrilling to have the major Wish List items fully funded. Generous anonymous donations allowed the building fire sprinkler system and both new ADA-compliant restrooms (upstairs and downstairs) to be part of the project.
As work has progressed, a few costs have been added, with session approval, to cover unforeseen work on rock excavation, de-watering, and electrical wiring.
Information about our project’s progress, plans, and goals has been distributed to HPC’s neighbors.
The capital campaign, which will finish its second year in June, has received just under 90% of the pledges to date. Last month, pledge reports were mailed, as well as letters inviting new pledges. You are warmly encouraged to remember the sacrificial giving pledges made at the campaign’s outset, and to contact church treasurer Doug Robbins at 466-0758 if you’d like to discuss your giving.
You can find detailed information on the construction progress in the latest Construction Update. Here: Construction Updates
Praise God! This project has been founded on and surrounded by prayer from the beginning. Please continue to pray for everyone working on it, and give thanks for the many blessings God has sent our way. It’s all for His glory.
As you have all seen over the last few months, we have gotten off to a slow start with construction. Why? Shale across our entire property slowed the digging to install pipes. Super Storm Sandy cost us three weeks of progress. The more recent inclement weather has slowed the elevator work. And more recently we have had water in the elevator excavation that is the result of two natural phenomena: a high water table on our sloped property; and shale that allows that water to constantly migrate.
By the time you are reading this the water problem should have been solved and we are on our way again! You also will have noticed the Welcome Center floor deck being built prior to the roof coming off of Fellowship Hall.
During the month of January we will witness multiple activities: the rebuilt porch on Broad Street will be completed; grading on the Broad Street side will be completed; the rest of the site work to install drainage pipes on the Louellen Street side of our property will progress; we expect the roof will be removed over the Welcome Center so that new heating units can be installed over Fellowship Hall; and new roof trusses will be put in place over the Welcome Center. Wow, that will be a lot of work!!
Please give our construction managers a word of encouragement if you have the chance. Andy, the owner of Princeton Construction Group and Barry, our field supervisor from PCG, have both worked very hard under very frustrating circumstances to solve multiple problems over the last month and a half.
Meanwhile, our architect, Ronnie Bregenzer, has been working with the Architectural and Sanctuary Teams to finalize design details and our Wish List of items that still need funding. You will see that list published very soon.
For a clear, brief overview of the projected building improvements, see the video on our website, at https://sites.google.com/site/hpcmakingconnections1/home.
Making Connections! is a journey – from a facility that compromises our ability to fully serve Christ, to one that enhances what can be done through Him here in our community, and in the wider world. Please pray that our journey will continue to be blessed by steady progress and that everyone involved with the project continue to seek and receive faithful discernment of God’s purpose.
Thank you all for of the support you provide the Making Connections! project both through prayer and through finances.
Sunday, October 7th immediately after worship, it’s the Last Lunch (no, not the Last Supper) – the last time we’ll gather together in Fellowship Hall for a meal, before construction begins to create the new Broad Street entrance and Welcome Center. Come to savor our best recipes, hear a construction update, participate in a “hard hat tour,” and hear a fascinating presentation about the archeology findings of the big dig at HPC. Don’t miss it!
Exciting news! Andy Ward, our construction manager, has been given the go-ahead to start the next part of the project. Even as site work continues, to complete waterproofing of the foundation on the Broad Street side, work can also begin on preparing the area where the Welcome Center will be created. Perhaps most exciting of all, over the next few months the “Broad Street entrance to the Education Wing” will be transformed into a wonderful way for everyone to access all parts of our facility – our new elevator!
During part of the site work on Making Connections! this month, the sanctuary will be without air conditioning. For the next few Sundays, please join us for "stay cool" worship downstairs in Fellowship Hall at 10:30, followed by cold drinks, snacks, and fellowship time. As soon as air conditioning is available, we'll return to worship in the sanctuary.
The porch and steps outside the sanctuary have been removed, to allow for full access to that underground area. This is in line with the planned work to address drainage and infrastructure issues, which is the first part of our project. A new set of steps will be installed in due course.
With the guidance of our awesome God, we can "see through" the present construction work to the improved facility that is in our future. We can trust His promises and the spiritual vision that He gives us. Please pray that in everything we do, His plan for ministry in Hopewell will be fulfilled.
There will be a meeting of the congregation after worship on July 29 to approve our construction loan for Making Connections. This is short-term debt to finish construction and is to be paid off from pledges coming in over the remaining two years of the capital campaign.
for being patient and faithful. The question that we all asked in a spirit of gratitude during the capital campaign is still our focus: "Dear Lord, what would you do through me to accomplish your vision for our church?" Thanks especially to all of you who are contributing funds. Your pledge payments and extra support now mean that we have more in hand and can borrow less. If you have questions or want to talk with someone about your pledge, please call the church office at 466-0758.
Even though you can’t see any work yet, everyone involved in our construction project is working very hard to get started. Extra refinement on final plans and specifications has been needed, and that has taken longer than expected. Very soon you'll see the equipment on the grounds, and site work will begin.
Our ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday, June 10 celebrated the start of a new chapter in the life and ministry of HPC! To mark the day’s theme, “Past, Present, and Future in God’s Hands,” shovels were wielded by long-time members Tom Fillebrown and Joyce Homan; by Michael Mills and Martha Camp on behalf of the Making Connections! teams; and by Sunday School students Tiernan Blankstein and Christopher Rice.
Yes, we expect this renovation to help connect the parts of our large building. But spread the word that “it’s not about the building!” It’s about becoming more hospitable and handicapped accessible, by removing the barriers that get in the way of our ministry—connecting people with God. Please watch and listen for new opportunities to reach out to our community and beyond.
Construction is beginning in June with extensive site work to address drainage issues. Later in the summer, the project will move to the “core” of the building to create the Welcome Center with its new main entrance and elevator. After those are all in place, the sanctuary renovation work will be done.
During construction, worship services will continue every Sunday at 10:30, and all the groups that use our facilities can continue to meet here.
The Holy Spirit has worked among us and continues to do so! Please ask God to bless everyone connected with this project – including planners, architects, engineers, and work crews – that all our efforts may be pleasing to him and may help us to shine his light here in Hopewell and beyond.