Many of you visited the Social Hall – or saw the inside during a worship service – and you may have noticed the Hall is in a middle of an update. Our Property committee has been working hard to make needed repairs around campus while the property cannot be used as we would all like.
As part of these efforts, we tried to find ways to create space for folks to volunteer onsite, in a safe way, to help us all deal with being stuck in our homes for so long. Barbara Emerson and Bill Young have been working hard together to prepare the space for priming and painting – Barbara’s efforts at nail repair are all those spots you would see on the walls.
Almost one year ago, in September 2019, Prince of Peace established (and then ratified in January 2020) a new endowment, the PoP+Zion Endowment, focused on empowering this church and its members to do better things in the world through supporting the aide we give to local agencies, the larger church and by caring for this property and increasing its capacities to serve the needs of this church and our neighbors.
I write to you today, in thanks, as the work of this endowment is about to officially begin - with the (hopefully) finishing stages of our sewer repair and Sanctuary roof re-shingling.
As most of you have experienced, Prince of Peace’s property is due for some infrastructural attention. This church community (and particularly the ever-hearty Wednesday Work Crew) has done an amazing job of tending to these repairs as we have been capable, but now, with this endowment, we can choose longer-term solutions than we have been able to in the past.
This is not sexy or glamorous progress, but it is essential to enable us to reliably do more - especially for the housing insecure, but not only that portion of our community. A reliable infrastructure allows us to dream bigger about all our next steps: more community access to campus through concerts, visiting speakers, or other community events, shower or laundry facilities for those who need, or other dreams we might now reasonably entertain.
Thank you, Prince of Peace, for this investment in your community. The fruits of your work are beginning.
Although we don't know when it will be, I believe we are all looking forward to being together as a congregation again!!! Especially in our beautiful property!
Let us give you a quick update regarding the Property Committee. We continue to make progress! The Wednesday Work Crew is meeting again on Wednesday mornings at 9am and practicing the appropriate Social Distancing. It is not the whole crew, but work is being done. They continue to be the backbone of effort for the property work! They have been cutting downs trees, prepping for painting the hall, weeding and many other needed maintenance activities around the property. We lost a significant member this past week and celebrated his contributions - Michael T. and family is returning to Germany after a much needed vacation this month - Michael thank you for your many contributions! You will be sorely missed!
We have begun the process of upgrading the nursery play yard - we are replacing the bark, creating a more private yard by inserting colorful slats in the chain link fence, and adding some additional equipment.
In addition, we have started the process of painting the hall - at this point we are prepping the walls in order to paint - which we all know that is the hardest part!
We are still asking for donations to the Property Capital Fund Drive. We have raised to date around $28,000. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS!!! We have spent a little over $19,000 on roof repair, kitchen dishwasher, and sewer work. We have a couple of very large projects yet to go - specifically the final Sewer replacement ($12,000) and the new roof on the sanctuary ($60,000) which we would like to do this year.
As, always, the property committee appreciates your support. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to anyone on the committee.
May 2020 Update (it has been a couple of months since our last update):
While we are all Sheltering in Place, progress is still being made on our property thanks to a few dedicated folks!
Before we give you an update - I just wanted to comment on how beautiful our property has shown during the live or streamed services on Sunday mornings. We have such a beautiful property! Although, in some of the camera shots it is showing its wear - we're working on that!!!
Just a few of the updates to the property since our last update:
As, always, the property committee appreciates your support. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, ToddHauschildt (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or anyone else on the committee.
We are still are around $40 thousand dollars for our capital improvement drive - thanks!! Keep them coming!!!
Let me give you a quick update on some of our improvements:
The property committee met last week to review our priorities for the coming year (12-18)months). We will present to council for approval. Once they have approved we will share with you all.
As, always, the property committee appreciates your support. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, Todd Hauschildt Or anyone else on the committee.
The Wednesday Crew and Pastor Nate have been working on improving the lights around campus at night. All are LED bulbs on photo voltaic timers for maximum efficiency as well.
This is just a small sample of the work they quietly do week after week to improve the property for our guests and ourselves.
Thank you Wednesday Crew!
Happy New Year! We are so blessed - thank-you for your incredible generosity! To date we have received almost $40 thousand dollars for our capital improvement. Some has been dedicated to a particular improvement and others have been for the overall improvements. Thank you!
Let me give you a quick update on some of our improvements:
As, always, the property committee appreciates your support. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me, Todd Hauschildt
Again, we want to thank you for your support and contributions! We have raised over $19,000, that will reduce our need to use the line of credit from the POP+Zion fund - $4000 dedicated to the dish washer, and $5000 dedicated to the playground. Thank-you!
The following is the list that we are working over the next 18 months:
We recently completed the roof on the sanctuary narthex! We have scheduled the sanctuary conference room repair. We are also assessing the north-side sanctuary roof. Unfortunately, a large leak appeared near the choir during Thanksgiving rehearsals.
In addition, we recently repaired the sewer in the narthex of the hall (Kitchen Sewer). The original sewer failed and was causing significant issues for the kitchen. You will notice a patch of cement in the hall narthex - we had to remove the tile, dig hole a couple of feet deep and replace the sewer line. We are in the process of scheduling the last sewer line replacement - between the breezeway and the main line that will be scheduled for after the holidays.
Finally, the kitchen dishwasher, we are doing our due diligence on finding the best replacement as well as ensuring the appropriate electrical connections.
We are also finishing policies regarding expenditure approvals as well as a rental income proposal for the future.
Again, thank you for your ongoing support!
The Property Committee
This is the first of our monthly updates to the congregation regarding the property activity. We are very excited to begin many of the much needed improvements to our property! And we wish to thank the congregation for approving the request of a line of credit from the POP+Zion Fund. As Pastor Nate mentioned in his letter to the congregation last week, the stewardship and capital fund drive team has met and begun the process of soliciting donations. As of November 12, we have received $7,601 in donations! Thank you!
We are actively pursuing the bidding process for the initial list of projects for our property (they are not in order of priority):
Again, we are excited to get this work started!