The bids have come in for the renovations we have been planning for the spring. Given our funds at hand—a combination of donations to our Open Doors Campaign and a government grant—plus the pledges still coming in from the campaign, we find ourselves $345,000 short of our goal.
We have enough to fund the priorities the congregation set when we launched the campaign: an outdoor ramp up to the Canterbury Room doors; an elevator connecting the three floors of our main buildings; and new washrooms adequate for our seating capacity.
But it is not enough to allow us begin renovating the worship space. This renovation would have featured a new sound system, the replacement of the pews with (padded) chairs, theatre lighting for both our worship and the performing arts, and a low apron stage at the foot of the chancel.
Grant applications are currently pending for community enhancement and accessibility programs of the provincial and federal governments. We are also waiting for the resolution of a generous bequest earmarked, in part, for the renovation. Together these potential funding sources would have helped meet the shortfall. But they are speculative in nature and indefinite in timing.
So we are returning to the congregation to help us fulfil our vision. When you receive a letter from Jack & Heather Walker, our Open Doors Co-chairs, please consider prayerfully your response. We need to hear from you by March 17th.