In April, the Elder Council said that we would be meeting with contractors to gain design and process information. In May and June we interviewed two contractors and a national organization called Building God’s Way (BGW). We have chosen to engage the assistance of BGW who in the early fall will take us through a process called a “charrette.” This is a 3-day process which will help us get input from the body regarding our needs, develop a design with refined drawings based on those needs, give us a cost estimate, and suggest ways of phasing the project. They will also then train us in fundraising to make sure we can, not only break ground, but complete the project. Even now your generosity will help to move this project forward. Please pray for the process, communicate with us, and give as each step forward incurs additional costs.
The Elder Council appreciates all who are praying for our “Building On Faith” facilities development project. There are three questions that frequently surface, and we would like to address them briefly with what we know at this time—
1. What about the properties and houses the church owns to the west of our property—couldn’t we sell them and use that money for the building?
- Actually, the properties to the West remain strategic to our future development for at least three reasons: The need to relocate our septic/drainfield facilities; the potential for a future exit off our property to the North (creating an alternative to Highway 212 exit); and the possibility of need for additional parking or even future facilities or activity fields. In other words, with a view to our future these properties remain of high importance.
2. When are we going to build, and what will we do for facilities during the construction?
- We anticipate that the building process would take place from the end of one school year, through the next school year and summer (15 months minimum). During this time we would hope to keep the main building (auditorium, church offices) and gym functional. Two options for additional classroom needs during construction would be leasing a “portable village” (including restroom facilities), or renting/leasing space nearby. The timing for the start will be dependent on funding. In the meantime we will continue the planning process, developing drawings, etc.
3. How much is this going to cost?
- In the month of May we will be meeting with at least three contractors to gain design and process information, and this will help us understand the cost range we might anticipate.
–The Elder Council
There have been several inquiries about how to give to the Building On Faith project.
If contributing by check, please add “Facilities Development” to the memo line.
You may also give online by clicking the link found at www.damascuscc.org/give/ .
You can also give by texting your donation followed by “BOF” to (503) 376-6488. For example: “$100 BOF” (without the quotes).
Please continue to pray for God’s blessing to accomplish this work.
Sunday February 12th introduced the first of
four five videos (Part 2 was split in 2 parts) that highlight the history of Damascus Community Church and some of the people instrumental in the growth of the church. Following are links to the videos:
(Thanks to Josh Buller)
February 12th, Building on Faith, Part 1
February 19th and 26th, Building on Faith, Part 2 (split into two parts)
March 5th, Building on Faith, Part 3
March 12th, Building on Faith, Part 4