The Parish Hall roof is on and the interior is taking shape. Already the stage is there, the sound booth is roughed in and the serving windows from the kitchen are clearly visible. It looks amazing and is on schedule for an October opening. The remaining interior work is well underway with the old walls gone from the Education Wing and the old restrooms are torn out. This work will also be completed in October.
For three Sundays at the end of April and beginning of May we renewed our request for pledges to fund the completion of the work. We had a very good response as the total pledged grew to more than $2.8 million.
We were totally surprised just prior to Sunday, May 7 when an anonymous donor made a matching gift to the campaign. This gift is intended to encourage new gifts to the Future Fund from those that may not have given yet or want to possibly give more. The gift will match all gifts to the future fund that are by cash or check and placed in a Sunday offering plate any Sunday from now until Labor Day. The limit on the match is $150,000, so this gift could generate an additional $300,000 for the work. A restriction on the gifts are that they may not be to fulfill pledges that were made prior to April,2017.
What a blessing from God this is!