Frequently Asked Questions
We Envision improvements to the Worship Center to include the lobbies, entryways, restroom facilities, audio-video, and computer systems that enable live streaming. Other improvements will enhance disability access and our cemetery. These upgrades ensure that we stay a vibrant campus that is ever more useful to our
members and guests.
As a church family, Christ Covenant has been financially blessed and financially wise. We have eliminated our debt and saved for our future. With $1.3 million in funds already set aside, we can begin these improvements. In the past four years, we have experienced 12% growth, and we expect this growth to continue. In addition, we have always been under-resourced with appropriate restrooms and are now in a position to provide adequate restroom facilities for our members, guests, and conference visitors in the future. This period of lower occupancy due to COVID-19 provides an opportunity to complete various projects within a few months.
Combined with the $1.3 million we have already set aside, our estimate for these projects is an additional $1.5 million.
Pray with us, that we would follow God’s plan and rely on Him to give us all we need to complete these improvements. Pray that God would show you how to contribute to the Envision campaign.
Concurrent with the improvements to the Sanctuary lobbies, we are also planning for additional, enhanced signage in the lobbies. The signage is anticipated to include additional directions to bathrooms, nurseries, child drop off area, etc. A new welcome and information center will be positioned in the center of the main of the lobby. It will be on wheels so that it can be moved if need be.
Members of the Cemetery Improvement Committee are Chris Williams, Miriam Jones, Bruce Creswell, Steve Marion, and Rick Ely.
In the church Master Plan there has been some discussion about a covered atrium between buildings, but that is not part of this project.
In prior years we experienced some settling in the ground surrounding the worship center which caused some cracking in a few areas of the worship center building. We engaged structural engineers who were able to resolve those problems. We have taken that prior history into account in planning for the new, current construction and therefore, we don’t anticipate those prior year settling issues to adversely impact the current construction.
Our current plans do not call for additional handrails leading up the pulpit. We currently have handrails along the steps leading up the platform, on the walls. We continue to study the possibility of more handrails.
The pew pads will not be replaced in this project. The new carpet that is going in the sanctuary is a brown fleck and will color coordinate with both the existing pew pads and the carpet in the lobbies.
12. Is it possible that construction materials for the 2 projects will be back ordered and construction could be delayed?Expand
We have talked with our general contractor about this topic. Based on our discussions it appears unlikely that we will experience back orders or delays.
We have not yet determined when the next campaign will occur, but we expect it would be no sooner than a few years in the future.
We are duplicating the bathrooms we have on the north side of the building, on the south side. The new toilets on the south side will be comfort height which are taller than the standard size.
Yes. Concurrent with the construction of the new bathrooms on the south side of the building, we are painting and making various upgrades and improvements to the bathrooms on the north side.
We have a detailed vision for the 4E’s in our Vision and Strategy document that was produced a couple of years ago. We believe Envision will help us get stronger in the 4 E’s. For example, we believe we’ll be able to engage visitors to our worship services more effectively through the new welcome center that will be in the center of the main lobby.
17. When the decision was made to spend the $1.3 million, were there any other things considered for those resources?Expand
Yes, every year our leadership goes through a budgeting and cash flow process for all spending on a prioritized basis. We hope to continue to develop our other programs and outreach but at this time we’ve dedicated these monies to this project. With good fiscal responsibility we will still have substantial reserves when this project is finished to cover any shortfalls and to grow our ministry.
The main focus of the Pastor of Evangelism is to help mobilize, inspire, and equip the congregation to be more effective evangelists.
Similar to other recent years, we’re in a healthy, financial position. We plan to maintain a healthy level of reserves even with this project.
We don’t have much available land contiguous to the cemetery, but we are considering options. One possibility is to privatize the road going to the cemetery, make changes to the road and add plots there.