Church Building Construction

November 2017

“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” Psalm 148:13

We continue to marvel at the goodness of God and His provisions!  Our thanksgiving offering this year was a record offering of over $47000!!  On top of that, another church sent us a check for $5000.  Praise God!!!  These funds have allowed us to put in underground plumbing, electrical conduits, insulation, in-floor heat, the concrete floor, order all our windows and truck in almost another 100 loads of sand for our parking lot!  We are excited about the on-going progress!

It’s amazing how fast funds are used up in a project this size.  These steps have depleted our funds again, so we continue to trust, wait, give and sacrifice so the next steps can be taken.
The next steps are:
-install windows upon arrival
-purchase exterior doors
-purchase interior framing materials so we can frame up all the inside walls and ceilings.

Current needs:
-donations to accomplish the above steps.
-volunteers to frame up the interior walls and ceilings sometime in the next few months.

If you have skills in any of the above mentioned work and are able to donate some time to help out, please let us know! Dave Blatz is chair of our building committee and can be reached at 229-678-8725.  You can also email questions to semchurch@amtelecom.net.

Don’t forget about our on going PC grocery card fundraiser for this project.  You get dollar for dollar pc cards, and we get 4% toward our building fund.  Consider buying cards from us today!

Also, don’t forget about our quick and easy way to donate online through the following link:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/straffordville-evangelical-mennonite-church/#donate_now

 

 

 

-September 2017

Psalm 66:5 is SEMC’s theme verse for 2017.  It says “Come and see what God has done, His awesome deeds for mankind!”  The year is not over yet.  Looking at what has all been accomplished this year so far in the building of Christ’s church both physically and spiritually, I can with confidence say, Come and see what GOD has done!!

As the pictures below demonstrate, it has been a busy summer with lots accomplished.  We praise God for all the various provisions, gifts, and volunteers!  As far as we’ve come, we still have a long way to go!  We trust that God will continue to send the right people for the right needs.

The next stage in this project is as follows:
Before winter:
-underground plumbing, electrical etc
-insulate ground and install in-floor heat
-pour concrete main floor
-purchase & install windows and doors

During winter months:
-frame all interior walls, ceilings etc
-rough in hvac, electrical and plumbing
-insulate
-drywall

This next whole phase will cost approximately $300 000.  That’s a BIG number.  BUT, we serve a MIGHTY God! Here are ways to help over the next several months:
-Donate money
-Donate time
If you have skills in any of the above mentioned work and are able to donate some time to help out, please let us know! Dave Blatz is chair of our building committee and can be reached at 229-678-8725.  You can also email questions to semchurch@amtelecom.net or call  519-866-5460.

Don’t forget about our on going PC grocery card fundraiser for this project.  You get dollar for dollar pc cards, and we get 4% toward our building fund.  Consider buying cards from us today!

Also, don’t forget about our quick and easy way to donate online through the following link:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/straffordville-evangelical-mennonite-church/#donate_now

 

 

 

March 2017

As you can see from the picture below, the last few months have been very productive.  Praise God!!
The project is now ready for the pre-manufactured core slab second floor to be installed.  This is scheduled to arrive in late March.  Following that the roof structure will be framed in.

Our current needs are skilled commercial building workers and exterior cladding sheet metal workers to help erect roof structure and install exterior cladding in late March and April.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know.  Dave Blatz is chair of our building committee and can be reached at 229-678-8725.

Before proceeding beyond this phase, we will need to raise more funds.  Come out on April 1st at 7pm for a Fundraising concert at our current meeting location the Straffordville public school.  The concert will showcase a talented men’s quartet, a ladies quintet, and one of our church music/worship teams.  You will not be disappointed!! Ask God today how you can contribute to this project!

Also, don’t forget about our link for easy online donations:
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/straffordville-evangelical-mennonite-church/#donate_now

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December 2016

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”

-Deuteronomy 7:9.
Our Heavenly Father is the one and only true God! He alone is faithful! May we, His children, walk in obedience to His commands and allow His love to flow through us!

We at SEMC, are praising God for His faithfulness in our building project as well! Although things have not happened at the pace that we hoped, things are still moving forward, and God is providing day by day for our needs.
The manufacturer is scheduled to deliver the building components around mid February. Since this is different than we had initially planned for, we will now be erecting the building ourselves with the help of a few knowledgeable and experienced volunteers from our church. Here again we see God’s faithfulness. Although the timeline is different than initially thought, we will now have available volunteers from within who have flexible schedules during the winter months. Also, we will have a significant cost savings as well!
We have committed to take each stage of the project in segments as there is funding. Our current need is to raise $250 000 by mid March 2017 to continue with the next phase in the spring. Would you consider giving toward this project?

Here are is an estimated time line and some ways that you can contribute to our project:
-Prayer! We should never underestimate the power of prayer! We need prayer for wisdom in each step, for good stewardship, and for provisions of volunteers and funding.

-We hope to begin erecting the structure mid-end February. We would welcome a few knowledgeable volunteers to help erect the steel structure.

-Preaching. Our pastor is experienced in construction and will be helping as much as possible with the erecting of the structure. We would welcome a retired, semi-retired or another qualified pastor who would like to serve a short term as interim pastor in our church to help accommodate the project.

-In April – May we would welcome volunteers to help with interior work.

-Purchasing PC cards from us. We are doing a PC gift/grocery card fundraiser which will be on going. You receive dollar for dollar, so it doesn’t cost you anything, but we receive 5% back from PC toward our building project. This does NOT affect your points if you collect PC points. You can pay for your purchases with these gift cards, and still swipe your point’s card to receive your PC points. Many in our church are using these cards for all their monthly groceries and fuel. An average family uses $800/month toward groceries and fuel. If we had 100 families purchasing $800 a month in PC cards from us, that would amount to $4000 a month toward our building project. That’s HUGE!! Consider purchasing PC cards from us today! These cards can be bought at Aylmer Propane -375 Talbot St East Aylmer during regular business hours.

-Funding. Please consider SEMC for a financial contribution so that we can moved forward in a steady pace to the completion of this building project to the glory of God!!
To donate directly and easily, follow this link:
https://www.canadahelps.org/…/straffordville-evangelical-…/…

For any question or inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Church office: 519-866-5460
Building committee chairman: 519-639-3738
email: semchurch@amtelecom.net

 

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SEMC building project vision

 

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