As of the last report at the end of December, the diocese has received $485,699.43 donations of the $833,320 pledged at our parish for the Witness to Hope Diocesan Campaign. Our parish portion of that money is an estimated $351,359 (we have received $157,909 as shown on the chart below). We are just over a year and a half into the five year period for pledges with 60% of our 330 pledges paid in full.
The parking lot was completed in August for $72,600.
A proposal for the parish office space is presented on the front of the bulletin. Please contact Fr. Dennis, Adam, or any members of the Building Committee (Domik Feldpausch, Jesse Schneider, Ken Halfman, Ron Feldpausch or Tom Weber) if you have any feedback. We are currently accepting bids for the project, hoping to schedule it this summer after school is out.
Goals of the project:
· Make the space more energy efficient by replacing the current windows and installing new ones.
· Making the office space handicap accessible for our parishioners who have trouble with steps on their way in. This proposal also provides a ramp to allow the priest to get to the sacristy without using steps as well.
· Expand the space to add eight feet onto the front of the building which allows us to add a lobby area as people walk in. It also enables us to add a conference room where our collection can be counted, our committees can meet or we can have private conversations as needed.
· Improve the look from the outside while also distinguishing the space with the sign and different color siding so it’s easier to describe to people where the office is located.
· Combine the two current entrances into one to make more efficient use of the space that we have. This also allows us to rearrange the flow of the office to ensure that the first person that visitors see is the receptionist, instead of walking in and wondering where to go.
We received our first proposal from the Mayotte Group in Lansing. The next step is for the committee to meet and go over the proposal and then present it to the parish. Once we have a better idea of the scope of the project we will schedule it to happen after the last wedding currently planned.
Stained Glass Windows
We have taken bids from two different companies and have gotten two different opinions regarding what needs to be done. One company emphasized that all of the windows needed to be taken apart every 30 years. The second company disagreed and said that while some minor repairs were needed, the focus was on installing new protective panes on the outside that would allow the windows to be more visible. We plan on seeking a third opinion to ensure that we are going in the best direction needed.