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ABOUNDING Update, March 2020
Dear Church Family,
While we continue to trust the Lord and pray during these new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cornerstone leadership wanted to share some important news with you regarding ABOUNDING and plans for construction on our downtown property.
Please know that the health, safety and care of our church family is our number one priority. By releasing this information we do not want to treat the current state of our world lightly. However, we do want to communicate some important information as our planning continues.
First, I want to announce to you that as of today, approximately $3.2 Million has been pledged toward the work of ABOUNDING. Though this is short of our goal of $4 Million, this will not hinder our plans to move forward with planning and design. Additionally, we have $200,000 already in a designated building fund for this project. All of these blessings have given us the financial strength to move forward. Praise God for His provision!
Second, although we have completed the five-week public phase of our generosity initiative, ABOUNDING is not over! We still want to continue all the important work of ABOUNDING in Christ, for the city, but now our efforts will transition towards planning for construction. Please visit CornerstoneAbounding.org to stay up to date on this important work.
The architects are continuing their work through the summer. There is still 3-4 months of schematic design and design development to be done. These are important steps in the process that must happen before construction documents are drawn. Once construction documents are completed, we will then be in a position to receive bids from contractors.
Below is the estimated timeline for the remainder of the process (Lord willing of course):
- Initial Schematic & Conceptual Design Complete
- Remainder of Schematic Design April 2020
- Design Development May-July 2020
- Construction Documents August 2020 – March 2021
- Contractor Bid Negotiations March-April 2021
- Construction April 2021 – May 2022
As you can see, there is still much work to be done before we can break ground. As we proceed, the Session will continue to review our process, evaluate what is going on in our society with regards to the pandemic, and how the church is faring financially before we secure final funding and begin construction.
As we transition into more detailed design work, the Session has appointed a Building Committee to work with the architects to aid in design and development of the church building. Carl Jones will serve as chairman of the committee. Other committee members will be Craig Martin, Mark Harbarger, Paige McClure and Jane Bise. Please be in prayer for this team.
Finally, as we continue to contemplate God’s leading in this exciting journey, let us remember now more than more than ever, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” (Psalms 127:1 ESV)
Abounding in Christ,