Keeping Up with the Building
In 1957, a new building was built and the cornerstone laid at our current location, 600 East Michigan Avenue. The old building on Erie Street was in poor shape, and the leadership decided it would be a good idea to move closer to the college.
In the last ten years, we’ve done lots of work to make a 1957 building useful for a modern world of ministry: air conditioning in Wesley, accessible modern restrooms, new windows, a new elevator, a stage, carpet, sound treatment in Tennant Hall, lots of accessible entrances, and air conditioning in the office. The result is that our building is more useful and attractive than ever before.
In 2014 the Trustees came up with the idea of a continuing effort to make sure the building always remains useful and updated for ministry. We started Welcoming Spaces, a special annual invitation to give to the church for the maintenance and continual improvement of the building. In our first year, we received pledges for almost $15,000 for Welcoming Spaces—a good start! We hope that every year we will improve on that total, and keep up our commitment to doing great ministry at 600 East Michigan Avenue.
As we kicked off the Welcoming Spaces drive, we also realized that it was time for a new roof and windows, and for a fire/smoke alarm system that we’ve never had. Those three items add up to about $195,000, and we started with nearly half the money in hand. The rest we borrowed from a construction loan, and we’ve already begun to pay it off, but it will take a few years. Your contributions to Welcoming Spaces will provide most of the funds, and much of the remainder will come from the income on our church’s endowment. We can do this. Your gifts will help pay this off quickly, and keep us from paying too much in interest.
In the meantime, we have a much more secure and durable building, which we pray will be useful for ministry in another sixty years.
posted January 2, 2015
Nuts are still available on Sunday mornings in the lounge and during the week at the church office. Cost is $20.00 for a 36 oz. can. We have 54 cans yet to sell!
posted January 2, 2015
Sometimes you can’t wait until everything’s ready and in place. You just have to begin anyway. That’s what’s happening with the long-awaited Albion Women’s Co-op this month. We’ve been waiting for funding, waiting for leadership, waiting for training and direction, and finally we can wait no longer.
What’s the Co-op?
The Women’s Co-op will be a group of women who are committed to one another, who bring what they have to offer, so that women can strengthen one another. Every member of the Co-op commits to give at least four hours every month. Some of those four hours will go to attending meetings and learning opportunities. Other hours will go to helping one another with basic needs, like rides, childcare, help with taxes, or whatever it takes.
We still need a couple of key volunteers to step up, and we’re hoping they will come from the members. We need someone who is able to help people through an electronic survey, and someone who will receive telephone calls and match needs with resources. Our first meeting to sign up members will be at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 14th. All women are welcome to participate, if they are willing to commit to the Co-op and its rules. Please invite people you know. We will also be calling the first board meeting soon, and will be inviting key people to serve as board members.
From Pastor Jeremy Williams, Vivien McCurdy, and Sharon Hostetler
posted January 2, 2015
At our congregational meeting after worship on August 3, we voted unanimously to go ahead with some major maintenance and upgrade projects in the building. Pastor Jeremy reminded everyone that a vote in support of the work was also a commitment to take a share in covering the costs. The work to be done is as follows:
- Replacing all the roof shingles that weren’t replaced seven years ago, with metal shingles. This will be about $103,000, and will be done by Metal Roofs of Michigan from Williamston.
- Replacing the old leaky casement windows on the west side of the building with new windows like those on the west side. This will cost about $63,000, and will be done by Ruff & Kreger of Albion.
- Installing a new smoke and fire alarm system. We are still securing bids on this. The likely cost is about $25,000.
- Redecorating and furnishing the Fellowship Lounge and Coffeehouse, at a likely cost of about $18,000.
- We may not get there this year, but once the roof is replaced, we hope to patch and paint in Wesley Chapel.
That adds up to about $209,000, not counting Wesley Chapel. The good news is that we started with over $80,000 in reserve, from a major gift list year, to put toward the project, and we also have received a generous commitment to support the redecorating and furnishing work. Because much of the work is urgent, we will borrow the remainder through a construction loan, so we don’t have to go through another winter with leaks into the building. Some of the funding will come from our endowment income, but we still need to raise the remainder through gifts to our Welcoming Spaces annual fund. So this fall, please consider seriously what you can give to support the fund.
posted September 16, 2014