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
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.
our project’s progress, plans, and goals has been distributed to HPC’s neighbors.
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
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
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!
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
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.
Session endorsed the construction loan offered by TD
Bank. This is a short-term loan.
Next, the Presbytery’s Property Committee reviewed the loan
terms. The Committee was very impressed with the careful and responsible way
HPC has conducted its capital campaign and budget planning, and has asked us to
provide a narrative of our process to use as an example for other
churches. The Committee strongly
recommended formal approval of the loan by the Presbytery’s Executive Committee.
At a meeting after worship on July 29, our congregation unanimously
approved the loan.
** The more pledge money we receive, the less money we will actually
We will minimize
interest paid on the loan by borrowing only what we need at a given point, and by
paying down on the principal borrowed as soon as funds are available through
pledges received. The loan will mature
and be payable in full on December 31, 2014.
Our capital campaign has centered us on the prayer, “Dear Lord,what would you do through me to
accomplish your vision for our church?”As
of July 20, a month and a half into Year 2 of the campaign, we had already
received 45.5% of the total
amount pledged. Praise God! And deep thanks to all who are faithfully making
payments to make this possible!
** To ask about changing your pledge, making a new pledge, or getting
more information, please contact the church office.
Construction begins with site work to
address drainage and infrastructure issues that must be resolved
as our first priority. This work is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks. After site work
is completed, construction and renovation will begin on the Welcome Center, elevator,
and affected parts of Fellowship Hall. Renovation of the sanctuary will begin
later, once the Welcome Center and elevator are ready for use.
Please pray for all work to be done safely and in line with God's plan for HPC.
A list of
highly desired renovations that are beyond our budget will be presented to the
congregation as soon as we know their costs and priorities. Watch for this opportunity to consider
further sacrificial giving, with prayer, to help bring about the fullest
realization of the Making Connections!vision.
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
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.