(November 19) As our planned expenses near the end with the beautiful new flooring in the Parish Hall, we gratefully salute the continued faithful stream of income: $328,066 (90%) of the original $362,000 pledged are received; $23,042 (60%) of the total $38,130 final phase pledged including the Diocese’s $7,950 grant are received. Thank you. If all pledges are fulfilled, a small amount will be unspent and begin the fund for the new (slate) roof of our church. Major efforts still in the works are completing installation of LED lights throughout the Nave and preserving the stained glass windows ($10,000 of our donations are set aside for that purpose). Thank you for making all these blessings possible.
(October 30) It was a busy week at St. Michael’s as we moved all of the furniture out of the carpeted spaces (except the Library) on Monday afternoon for a complete carpet cleaning and then moved everything back Tuesday evening after completion of the cleaning. We didn’t have enough space to move everything from the library for cleaning so we’ll schedule a separate cleaning date in the future. We also took this opportunity to implement our planned move of the Nursery down the hall into the room next to the restroom. Thanks for everyone’s continuing support of Moving Forward in Faith.
(October 23) MFIF work continues. Carpets in the lower classrooms, Rector’s Office, Parish Office, Nave and Narthex will be cleaned on Tue., Oct. 25th. After the cleaning we’ll set up the nursery in a new location at the end of the passageway on the lower floor.
Of the remaining MFIF projects, progress is on schedule: Hufcor flexible room dividers were recently installed: one pair in the upstairs classroom, one pair in the downstairs classroom. We hope to have the new Sacristy countertop installed the first week of November, by which time the new flooring should also be available to install in the Parish Hall.
Financially, 89% of the original MFIF pledges are in and 54% of the 2016 supplemental funds. We are so grateful for your ongoing financial, emotional, prayerful support.
(August 16) It will take approximately three months to manufacture the flooring for the Parish Hall in the color we want with the padded backing. This pushes the timeline for replacing the floor toward the end of October or early November.
(July 29) The permanent wall creating the new nursery awaits painting and trim, and likely will be done by mid-August. Then we can transfer material between this room and the old nursery. The manufacturer of our new accordion doors, Hufcor, has completed field measurements and will be ordering our replacements for the two tattered existing partitions. That project is on track to be completed mid-September.
The flooring for the Parish Hall, however, has been delayed: FloorFolio estimates three months to manufacture the selected planking with the “AcoustiQuiet” padding. Our contractor will advise us when it is shipped to him, and we can determine installation date – likely early November.
(July 22) Work by the contractor to build the permanent wall creating the new nursery is in process this week. A few parishioners first will gather to paint it, then work with staff to actually transfer material between this room and the old nursery. Many thanks to the Creative Differences staff who moved all the items blocking the way of construction (not just their own).
The Vestry agreed with the contract proposed by Hufcor for two new accordion doors in the classrooms, to replace the two tattered existing ones. The flooring contractor received our deposit to order the new plank “Luxury Vinyl Tile” with padding for the Parish Hall. Manufacturing time for both the accordion doors and the tile is stated as 4-6 weeks. Construction therefore will occur no earlier than late August.
The amount of these contracts leaves around $10,000 unspent from the MFIF-FP; the Vestry will discuss in August disposition of this abundance to conform with our proposal to the Diocese and our long-term capital needs. Again, many thanks for the faithful parishioners pledging financial support making this transformation. We are “caring for creation” within and beyond our buildings.
(July 17) Construction of the the permanent wall for a new nursery in the lower classrooms will begin on Jul. 19th. When the contracted work is concluded, parishioner volunteers will finish the drywall joints and painting.
We’ve recently met with the HufCor vendor regarding the new “accordion doors” for the other classrooms, and we are awaiting the contractor’s proposal.
We have selected a “cushioned” wood grain tile for the Parish Hall floor, the vestry has approved the purchase, and we are awaiting the target start state from the contractor.
None of this would be possible without the pledges, donations and prayers of the St. Michael’s congregation. Thank you and work safely!
(June 30) Thanks to everyone who supported remaining work on church infrastructure through the Final Phase Campaign of Moving Forward in Faith. We received over $30,000 in pledges from members of the parish, which, together with the $7,950 grant we’ve been awarded by our Diocese, means we can now move ahead on several key projects.
The contract to build the new nursery wall has been signed for $2,771; we hope to start work in July – and will need parish helpers to make sure the area is cleared for the work. Next Thursday Hufcor will measure for two replacement accordion walls for the classrooms.
Purchase of the flooring for the Parish Hall floor (76% of the 55 votes cast were for the lighter colors) is being negotiated, and work will start in September. Thanks again.
(May 5) As we fully enter spring it is great to know that we’ve completed the planned contracted construction portion of Moving Forward In Faith (MFIF). We can all take pride in the renovation work that has been completed to both the Rectory and the Church. As a reminder, among other things we’ve: replaced the Rectory roof, insulated the Rectory attic, replaced the Rectory windows, upgraded the Rectory master bathroom, removed asbestos and replaced asbestos flooring in the Rectory, replaced Rectory kitchen appliances, replaced Church heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units, replaced Church windows, replaced the Church exterior front steps, repainted most of the Church interior, replaced lighting with light emitting diode lights throughout the Church, added exterior lighting to the Church, replaced the Church kitchen stove and disposal, removed asbestos tiles and replaced flooring in the Church upstairs classrooms, renovated 3 Church bathrooms, and replaced an additional two toilets with water efficient toilets. That is quite a list but we aren’t finished yet. Parish members have taken on two short term tasks that are underway right now. First, the Church front entrance vestibule bathroom has been prepared for painting by painstaking work to remove the wall paper trim. Painting is also complete. Second, the temporary lights in the sanctuary will be replaced with more focused spotlights as soon as all of the spotlights arrive from the vendor and we find time to install and point them.
As the timeline and financial status chart shows the MFIF campaign is approximately two thirds complete, while the actual contracted work is complete. In order to complete the contracted portion of the MFIF campaign without delay, the Vestry chose to use existing church funds to cover the contracted work and replenish those funds as the remaining pledged MFIF funds come in during the remaining year of the campaign. In essence we have “borrowed from ourselves”. You will also note that expenditures exceed the overall amount pledged toward the campaign. In spite of this deficit we believe that contributions will eventually make up for the deficit. As you can see, contributions received during the next year will be repaying our “loan to ourselves”. One important result from pushing forward with contracted construction, in addition to being able to enjoy the refurbished surroundings, is that we purposely included work that should reduce our utility consumption and lessen our footprint on the environment. A review of our Church utility consumption over the past few years shows that we have been successful in reducing our utility use. Follow these links to see our gas consumption and our electric consumption.
Earlier we mentioned some short-term tasks that the parish workforce has initiated; however, we are also thinking of some other longer-term tasks. We understand that many were disappointed when due to budget constraints we removed replacement of the Parish Hall floor from our MFIF contracted efforts. We’ve since applied for a matching grant from the Diocese of Virginia that was intended to apply to the Parish Hall floor and replacement of dividers within the Church classrooms. We’ve received notice from the Diocese that we will receive 53% of our request or $7950. Since this is a matching grant we’ll need to come up with our own $7950 so that we’ll have a total of $15,900 to work with. The Vestry has already decided that the focus for these funds should be replacement of the Parish Hall floor. Expect to hear more about this effort soon. Additionally now that the Church interior has been upgraded a committee of parishioners has started planning for a long-term upgrade and maintenance of our Church grounds. A draft of the plan from the St. Michael’s Care of Creation Grounds Committee is available now for review and comment.
We’ve come a long way in 2 years, thanks to everyone in the Parish family.
(March 11) Progress this week included the start of tiling n the Parish Hall bathroom and the upper and lower level classroom bathrooms. Next week should see the fixtures installed in those bathrooms and perhaps painting.
We are in the home stretch for Phase III of the Moving Forward in Faith, Capital Campaign. In planning for continued work “Moving Further Forward in Faith” we submitted a proposal to the Diocese of Virginia for a Peter James Lee Small Church Revitalization Matching Grant in the amount $30,000 to replace the Parish Hall floor and replace movable dividers in the classrooms among other things. This is a matching grant, and if approved we will need to provide $15,000 to match the $15,000 from the Diocese. Thanks to Alice Thomas for drafting this proposal.
(February 26) Monday, February 22 kicked off Phase III of the St. Michael's renovations when parishioners, "the tremendous 13," cleared the decks (in this case the upper deck of the Education Wing) of everything except the Children's Chapel piano. The "tremendous 13" made short work of the task and in an hour removed and tucked away everything from the upper deck of the Education Wing into nooks and crannies throughout the church to clear the way for our General Contractor (Marion), and subcontractors to start work on Wednesday 24 February. Many thanks to the "tremendous 13" who really moved us forward.
On 24 February at 6 AM, the third floor came alive with a big team who transformed the flooring from carpet and tile to asbestos-free concrete. The flooring remediation was estimated to be complete by Friday afternoon. One plumber, with the GC representative, extracted the toilet, sink, etc. from bathroom in the Parish Hall and in the upper and lower Education Wing bathrroms. All trash is either in the dumpster (on 11th Road) or in the remediation company's truck. In pulling out sinks and toilets, the plumber found few shut-off valves actually shut off the water completely; and it appeared that we were lacking a main a main-water shut-off valve to the church. We have agreed to engage the plumber in the extra work of replacing all sink/toilet shut-off valves -- and when we locate a main water shut-off -- of making it accessible and functional in an emergency.
On 25 February the third floor was again abuzz at 6 AM with continuation of asbestos tile removal. About 10 AM things quieted down as the remediation team wrapped up the floor work and took a break while the asbestos monitoring consultant drew samples to ensure that the asbestos removal/remediation was successful. At noon the monitoring consultant gave the all clear and the remediation subcontractor started the task of tearing down the air showers and other containment controls and giving the bare concrete floors a final scrub. Everything was wrapped up by 3 PM (a day earlier than planned). Concurrent with all of the floor work our General Contractor continued the search for the elusive main water shut-off valve. The search included the removal of a storage cabinet in the Parish Hall bathroom that resulted in finding a valve behind the current wall on what was the original wall of the bathroom.
We anticipated that 26 February would be a quiet morning as the plumbers would confirm that we'd found the main water shut-off valve and would scope out the work to be performed to replace all of the previously identified malfunctioning valves. Instead the plumbers stepped right into work replacing shut-off valves, snaking drains, verifying the shut-oof valve situation, and replacing one of the toilets (in the bathroom by the office). The mystery of the main shut-off valve was solved and it turns out that there are two valves in series (one on the old wall of the Parish Hall bathroom and one on the current wall of the bathroom). Exoected to begin this afternoon and run into the evening is removal of concrete floors in the Parish Hall bathroom and the lower level Education Wing bathroom. This work will be anything but quiet.
Work will pick up on Leap Day with the flooring installation on the upper floor of the Education Wing.
(February 14) From the 2016 St. Michael's Annual Report:
“When we enter the doors of St. Michael’s, we find it to be a vital, caring place. We want those who come after us to continue to find it to be beautiful and nurturing of souls. It is as grateful stewards that we now seek to move forward in faith by intentionally and joyfully honoring the physical plant that serves us so well”
When this quote from Mother Leslie appeared in last year’s St. Michael’s Annual Report, the St. Michael’s family had pledged $343,000 toward improvements and had already contributed $180,000 toward that pledge. Work had been initiated on improvements to the Rectory, and negotiations were under way for improving the church buildings. One year later we’ve seen pledges exceed $362,000 and receipts exceed $250,000.
The real story for 2015 is the transformations occurring because of that money and the sweat equity provided by St. Michael’s parishioners. Renovations to the rectory were completed in March by our general contractor, Lakewood Homes: new roofing, attic insulation, weather-tight windows, renovated bathrooms, asbestos remediation, new basement flooring, kitchen improvements, removal of the dilapidated garage, and exterior lighting. In addition, St. Michaelites stepped up and helped remove defunct appliances, old carpeting and years of accumulated stuff, and cleaned, repaired and treated the deck.
Between March 2015 and last week, the church lived through intense periods of construction guided by our General Contractor Marion Construction: five heating and air conditioning units were replaced/upgraded, all of the non-stained glass exterior windows were replaced with energy efficient (and sound deadening) windows, the Sanctuary walls were painted (and repaired as needed),most of the walls in the education wing were repainted, all of the florescent lighting was replaced with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights, exterior “dark sky friendly” path lights were installed for better nighttime access to the building, the older lantern fixtures in the sanctuary were repaired, the crumbling exterior front steps were replaced, the broken kitchen stove, disposal, refrigerator and freezer were replaced. While we await the appropriate (backordered) LED bulbs for the sanctuary lights, the wiring and fixtures are done; we look forward to brilliant results.
All the work on the church buildings and grounds also included a heavy dose of parishioner muscle, brain power, and patience as we conducted several Sunday services in the Parish Hall while work was ongoing in the sanctuary. The truth of the adage “many hands make light work” was amply demonstrated as St. Michaelites designed the sanctuary lighting scheme, removed rust and repainted the wrought iron handrails for the front steps, transplanted (and saved) ground cover along the front steps, initiated and planted the rocks for the new rock garden along the hillside in front of the church, standardized the electric switch and socket plates, and worked countless hours rearranging, reshuffling and cleaning within the church itself. All of this sweat represents at least $12,000 savings that allowed your contributions to stretch further.
As we start 2016, we continue negotiating the next phase of construction, focused on improving the bathrooms and floors as funding permits. As we reflect on all that has been accomplished since the first seeds of this campaign were planted in late 2013, we are once again awestruck at the can-do spirit radiating from St. Michael’s and its faithful parishioners.
(January 10) Moving Forward in Faith will be the subject of a forum during the coffee hours at both services on Jan. 10, and a reprise of the forum will be held at 9:15 AM on Sun., Jan. 24. A copy of the charts used for the forum are linked here.
MFIF News from 2015:
(December 11) The old pole light by the new concrete steps was removed, and all the Nave track lighting has now been installed. This wraps up the contracted Phase II of the MFIF projects! However, the LED lights for the Sanctuary remain on back-order, so Sunday worship again will include bare bulbs in the ceiling fixtures.
Parish-performed tasks remain for this effort: clean the Nave and other areas; mount the silver fixtures for the torches & taper-lighters; install rubber edging along the exterior concrete steps.
The third and final phase of construction will provide some of the needed improvements in the education wing and restrooms. Nonetheless, vestry had to cut a couple priorities, including replacement of the parish hall floor, from the final contract due to budget limitations. If you are thinking of making some year-end charitable contributions for tax deductions, please keep in mind our Moving Forward in Faith capital campaign.
(December 4) Phase II work is ramping down. The hand-railing on the Ivanhoe St. steps has been remounted. Painting has been completed in the Sanctuary and throughout the education wing. LED lights have been installed throughout the education wing, the Parish Hall, on exterior walkways, and are progressing in the Sanctuary. While installation of all of the Sanctuary lights will probably not be completed until December 9th we will be having December 6th services in the Sanctuary using the lights that have been completed by the close of work on the 4th.
(November 22) The new stairs have been constructed on Ivanhoe St., and this week the the hand-railing should be remounted, as well as conversion to LED lights in the Parish Hall and kitchen. Painting and lighting work will continue into the week after Thanksgiving. The Vestry are now looking at priorities for work to be accomplished in Phase III. Many thanks to all who have contributed to MFIF, both financially and with sweat equity.
(November 15) In the past week, the Ivanhoe Street steps have been removed and concrete forms for the new steps are taking shape. Rain delayed pouring concrete for the new steps but did give us the opportunity to observe the correction of a nagging drain problem.
Trenching for the outdoor lights has begun, and installation of new lights and emergency egress lighting has been completed in the passageway outside the Parish Office.
Painting has kicked off in the Sanctuary, and there is already a dramatic difference where the first coat of paint has been applied. Paint preparation and initial test coats of paint have been applid in other locations within the building.
(November 6) Many thanks to the mini-teams which are preparing our church building for transformation: Phase II construction begins Mon., Nov. 9!
Our first goal for the coming weeks is ensuring the Parish Hall and kitchen can be used by every already scheduled event (including the Harvest Festival). We hope that the new concrete steps from Ivanhoe will be complete, but cannot promise that access.
We’ll try to summarize in each Sunday bulletin the tasks that have completed and those in process. As this Phase II occurs, the GC is gathering subcontractor quotes for flooring and plumbing as the final Phase. Thanks for your creative patience and hearty prayers.
(October 25) Many thanks to the parishioners who contributed (either financially or with sweat equity) to the Rectory clean-up Oct. 24, which allowed us to seal the Rectory deck and improve the landscaping.
Next on the horizon is work on the church. The addition of the new stove revealed that the fire suppression system needs to be upgraded to meet current codes. Other work under the Phase II contract is scheduled to begin (with exterior lighting and concrete work) on or about Nov. 9th. Interior lighting and painting will begin shortly thereafter – our use of the Nave will be affected, so stand-by to help move chairs, supplies, etc. and don’t be surprised if one or more services are conducted in the Parish Hall. The GC is working on the final improvements permitted with funds available (plumbing, flooring) that will form the Phase III contract. Please continue praying for all concerned!
(October 10) Rectory Workday Update: We'll continue exterior work on the outside of the Rectory on Saturday, October 24. We'll gather at 11AM to start so that the dew can be off the deck before staining commences. In addition to gardeners for weeding, we are looking for 4 volunteers for staining at 11AM. There is also a small tree that will require some work to prune/take down. Lunch will be provided in thanksgiving for your gift of time and talent.
(September 25) We celebrate St. Michael and All Angels day with the arrival of our new kitchen stove, a joint purchase from the Harvest Festival and the Moving Forward In Faith Capital Campaign. Kitchen disposal work and remounting of the fire extinguishing system are still to come as we continue to move forward.
Hold the date of the October 10, for a parish work day at the Rectory as we try to wrap up the Rectory portion of the Moving Forward in Faith work. Weather permitting we’ll be repairing and treating the deck. Additional details will be forthcoming.
(August 21) The new kitchen range and disposal are ordered and we are coordinating the delivery/installation. Funds raised by the Harvest Festival will cover the cost of the range, and MFIF will pay the remainder.
The exterior lighting has been ordered! However, the scope of Phase II has increased to include painting the Nave as well as installing the new interior illumination. This phase still includes external lights, new lighting throughout the Education Building, and recreating the steps to Ivanhoe Street and walkway to the front door. The work in the Nave will begin after a wedding at the end of September, but possibly the other tasks will be underway before then.
In the Parish Hall is a poster showing financial status as of 7/31/2015. Thank you for your concern and faith.
(July 23) Phase II of work on the church will firm up in two weeks when the electrical subcontractor re-assesses and reprices the Sanctuary lighting. After contract signing, we’ll have to wait for lighting fixtures to arrive before knowing when work on-site will start.
Meanwhile, we hope next week to escort subcontractors through to look at painting, flooring, and plumbing needs that comprise Phase III. They then will send their bids to our GC. Before Phase III starts, we need to clean out the closets in the classrooms – decades of treasures and supplies; there will be some to keep, some to give away, and some to throw away. Those of you with heart in that game, please work with the office on scheduling before there is an urgency.
Financially as of June 30, 76% of Capital Campaign pledges have been paid (= $250,862). The expenses for the Rectory and Phase I in the church, plus an estimate of the Phase II contract, show around $78,000 available for Phase III. We intend therefore to get options especially for the plumbing (level of effort in each bathroom) so we have enough funds for important incidentals like classroom dividers. Thank you for moving forward in faith.
(July 12) The long-awaited Moving Forward in Faith construction at the church has started. Marion Construction and crews from Goode Refrigeration and Hodges Windows & Doors arrived at St. Michael's early on the 6th of July and promptly got to work pulling out the old heating ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and old windows.
By the end of the week, new compressors appeared on the hill outside the library, old HVAC units were removed, and new windows were in place in the Parish Hall, front foyer, choir loft, and throughout the three levels of the Education Wing.
The church has been a beehive of activity. Many thanks to all of our parish members who have have supported this effort and waited patiently for work to commence.
(June 18) We have a date! New windows and HVAC units will arrive the week of July 6th. We’ve requested that work on the lower level be completed that week so the area for VBS can be decorated and used without conflict.
We are assessing the cost estimates for lighting (exterior, Nave, education wing) along with other important tasks (painting, floors, plumbing) that as yet are unpriced. LED bulbs are expensive to buy, but use 10% of the electricity compared with incandescent lights, and half that of fluorescents. (See an interesting comparison chart.)
During the renovations our parish life may be disrupted somewhat, so we need to remain flexible and also be mindful of safety. Please do not enter spaces where construction is on-going. Our contractors will make every effort to clean as they go but there may be circumstances where supplies or equipment may be left in rooms over night or on weekends. If construction is on-going in a room please do not enter the room.
One important note concerns lead. Initial testing of the building in preparation for the window replacements identified that we do have lead in the church. The contractors will be using lead-safe work practices to contain the lead within the work area and then will clean the work area at the completion of the work. For everyone's safety do not enter any work areas (especially any that are "sealed"). Please contact Wil Harkins if you’d like an information sheet from EPA concerning lead-safe renovations.
(May 21) Replacement windows for the church have been delivered to our subcontractor, the concrete subcontractor has confirmed pricing on re-doing the front steps from Ivanhoe St., and the exterior lighting design is under review by the electrical subcontractor. Once the general contractor provides the contract for lighting & concrete, and the Vestry approves, we’ll have a date for first construction at the church!
Many thanks again to Mtr. Leslie and Katie for hosting the many admirers who toured the renovated Rectory last Saturday. Thank you all for continued prayers for progress and patience as we soon begin focusing on more visible re-creations at the church.
(April 29)All are invited to the Rectory on Sat., May 16 from 2 to 4 PM to see the improvements made through your stewardship and support of the Moving Forward in Faith capital campaign. Soon we’ll be undertaking a parish project to improve the stability and looks of the deck.
Significant change is coming soon to the church exterior lighting. Check out the poster board in the Parish Hall which has information about exterior light fixtures. Our GC is now obtaining bids for installation of the new exterior lights, and we’re hoping that this work can be done concurrently with the HVAC, windows and front steps. Thanks for your patience and prayers.
(April 10) Earlier this week we walked the church exterior with a lighting consultant, who’ll provide a list of fixtures recommended to illuminate the paths, stairs, exit doors. Our GC, Marion Construction, then will obtain bids for the work from electrical subcontractors. The same process will occur for the lighting in the Nave.
The new windows for the church should arrive towards the end of May, after which the windows and HVAC will be installed, front concrete steps will be re-done, and exterior and Nave (re)lighting will be completed.
That’s the plan right now! Please keep praying for seamless progress as we undertake these major infrastructure tasks.
(April 3) The work at the Rectory by the GC Lakewood Homes is complete! The last item was a pole lamp marking the end of the driveway. With the illuminating exterior path and stair lights (all dark-sky friendly), this means smooth navigating for our dear occupants. When the final bill arrives, we’ll post the total amount spent. However, we parishioners get to add some sweat-equity: for a few hours on a Saturday in May we’ll attend to cleaning & repairing the deck and minor re-fits inside. Stay tuned for the date.
On the church projects, we meet an exterior lighting consultant on April 7th. Once we agree on a design, he’ll provide a proposal that our GC, Marion Construction, can send out for bids. The same process is ongoing for the lighting in the Nave.
The ideal plan is to include this lighting and new concrete steps from Ivanhoe and the concrete walk to the front door during the same eight work days already contracted to install four HVAC and 36 new windows. Prayers please for our GC David Michaelson and his family. Thanks for sharing your input and concerns.
(March 26) Construction at the Rectory is two exterior lights away from completion. These remaining lights, for the driveway and deck stairway, may even be installed before you read this update. The General Contractor is as pleased with the results as we are!
Progress at the church continues behind the scenes: the windows are ordered, designing the lighting for the Nave and the exterior is in process, and the original task list is being reviewed for the next project.
Prayers of thanks for the Rectory job well done, and of encouragement for increased discernment and momentum at the church.
(March 12) The vestry is now reviewing the first contract action from Marion Construction for the replacement windows in the church buildings and the HVAC units. The window subcontractor expects to be ready to begin installation 5-6 weeks after placing the order. At that time, we’ll need a few volunteers to help tenderly relocate curtains, plants, books and other treasures on the window sills. Then window installation will require a week of on-site construction activity.
We also are close to deciding on how to improve the lighting in our worship space (which professional design consultant to engage). Please pray that new lighting can be installed during the same week the other construction occurs – that minimizes our GC’s costs!
At the Rectory we’ll soon conduct a final walk through with the GC, after which we’ll schedule a volunteer work-day in the spring for cleaning & repairing the deck and exterior walks. Many thanks to those of you who have provided thoughts and insights.
(February 27) The new Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) for the basement classrooms and the nursery was installed this past week! We have “reserved” a spot for St. Michael’s in the Arlington County Rebate program for lighting. As substantial, if not more so, is the Dominion Power rebate program for HVAC, but we have to evaluate the cost in time to procure it. The GC meanwhile is working on what can be done with the rest of the monies raised, starting with a lighting designer for the Nave. Prayers needed for enlightening progress!
The morning of Feb. 20, Mtr. Leslie, Katie Casteel, John Hughes, Wil Harkins and Aalice Thomas walked through the Rectory with General Contractor (GC) Lance Rittenhouse. Our souls and bodies were warmed by the improvements. Beautiful paint, no drafts, tight windows, the list goes on. We agreed on 20 areas to touch up on the inside. Most exterior work, including demolishing the garage, is waiting for “warm” weather. Also in the works for warmer weather are tasks for volunteer parishioners to improve the exterior deck and a few other such chores.
(February 20) The broken furnace in the church will be replaced on Wed., Feb. 25th. The subcontractor for the windows in the church building has been chosen, so the heat leaking from our current single-pane, metal-edged windows will soon remain indoors where it was intended to be.
Back in the Rectory, the new windows and attic insulation have changed the living paradigm for Mother Leslie and Katie: no drafts, lower thermostat, more comfort. We walked through the Rectory on the 20th with Lance Rittenhouse, the GC. Even those of us who don’t live there felt the snugness of the home. Colors, flooring, kitchen appliances and counters—these and other visible (and hidden) improvements are the joyful result of the parish's support for the MFIF projects at the Rectory.
(February 10)The transformation in the Rectory is breathtaking. The eyes are amazed, and yet lungs and muscles protest! Dust from sanding now-beautiful wooden stairs and from smoothing drywall mud, daily requirement to move objects (both needed and heading to other homes), new roof, new paint, new windows—the list goes on.
Progress on the church will remain behind the scenes for a while longer. Five HVAC units over 20 years old will be replaced with EnergyStar ones; the steel single-pane windows will be replaced with less heat-conducting, double-paned ones; a consultant will guide the lighting improvements for the Nave.
There's also gratifying news on the financial front for capital projects: One year ago February, we received the MFIF Committee’s cost estimates for construction projects (see what we estimated) and were asked to pledge our support. Pledges to the Capital Campaign are up to $343,280! Thank you! And over half of that ($180,206) has been received—with two years to go in the three-year campaign. The contract for the Rectory, at $73,000, came in well below original estimates (while overruns are possible, they won’t be significant). On the negative side, capital funds had to be expended for emergency infrastructure repairs (freezer in the Parish Hall, main drainpipe in the Rectory are the major ones), which leaves roughly $250,000 to apply to the $360,000 estimated by the MFIF committee for the church buildings and grounds. We ask your prayers towards our discussions with our construction advisors to choose which among the “outward and visible” and the “inward and structural” tasks to tackle with your generously donated funds. Thank you for your faith and patience as we walk this way.
(January 23) The buried and clogged PVC drain pipe at the rectory was unearthed, replaced, inspected by the County, and reburied. The basement was cleared of decades of treasures, and the asbestos abatement began and concluded. More improvements are in sight.
Marion Construction, the general contractor for the church building, is compiling bids on window replacement (which are coming in much less costly than feared). Information on the windows and replacement of the five oldest of the seven HVAC systems will be presented at the end of January. These improvements will reduce our operating costs, and more savings are in sight with replacing all the old lighting devices (17 exit signs using incandescent bulbs, and old fluorescent fixtures). Thank you to those of you who filled out the “what do we want?” survey before the Capital Campaign and resoundingly prioritized infrastructure.
(January 17)Work at the rectory has begun with the repair of the sewer line. Many thanks to the parishioners who came Saturday to help clear the basement in anticipation of the asbestos tile remediation this coming Monday and Tuesday. New windows and roof won’t be far behind.
Marion Construction, general contractor for the church renovations, has been overseeing bids for the windows and HVAC systems. We anticipate moving quickly on HVAC and proceeding with prioritizing major projects after reviewing the cost/benefit analysis of the window bids.
(January 11th) With a signed contract in place, the General Contractor (GC) for the rectory has started to tackle high-priority projects. The dumpster will be delivered this week, and the work site will be up and running by the 19th. The sewer line repairs will be this Friday, January 16. The asbestos tile remediation in the basement will be January 19 and 20. The garage demolition is imminent.
We do need help! On Sat., Jan. 17, we seek volunteers to help clear some large items from the rectory basement and to pull up some patches of old carpet to be ready for the tile work. We'll plan to work from 9:00 AM to Noon. If you can come by to help for some or all of that time, please contact Mtr. Leslie. Coffee, tea, doughnuts will be provided!
The GC for the church building met this past week with three specialists to provide proposals for the windows. The GC is also arranging to meet with three HVAC contractors to standardize the quotes on furnace/HVAC units and thereby guide us to a reasonable choice.The Parish consensus at the outset of the Capital Campaign was to “do it right” on these major structural repairs, with professional guidance.
Your prayers are requested for patience and seasonable weather!
MFIF News from 2014:
(December 23)The Vestry met on Dec. 16 and approved the revised contract from Lakewood Home Builders for repairs to the rectory. The detailed "firm fixed price" contract totals $72,886 specifying reasonable allowances for materials like paint, light fixtures, flooring, etc. The GC is eager to begin the highest priority work - remediating the basement after its floods. However, it flooded again on Dec. 13-14, so the first expense will be replacing an exterior drain pipe that was infiltrated by tree roots. The GC approved the quote given by RotoRooter and we hope to proceed with the work before Christmas.
For the church building, we are obtaining quotes to replace the furnace that heats the basement classrooms. The GC, Marion Construction, will review all quotes for this immediate priority capital expense. The GC at our November kick-off meeting agreed that the major cost driver for the church is new windows. He is obtaining options for the regular windows throughout the building. Given that data, we will meet again to evaluate an optimal balance between costs and priorities. He is also evaluating the 2013 proposal from a lighting designer for improvements to the nave, choir loft, and narthex. We ask for your continued prayers in this improvement process.
There will be projects for parishioners at both sites!
(December 5) The kick-off meeting in late Nov. with Marion Construction on the parish projects included inspection and assessment of furnaces given the recent malfunctions. We then discussed the cost-driver of desired infrastructure repairs: replacing the old single pane, metal framed windows. The General Contractor (GC) is obtaining quotes on various window options, and reviewing the 2013 proposal to improve to the lighting in our nave, narthex, choir loft. For the rectory, we have received and reviewed the revised work proposal. One more discussion with that GC is likely.
The Vestry’s approval is required before any contracts are signed or work begins. Thank you for your continued prayers for harmony, light, and efficiency.
(October 26) Members of the capital projects planning team will begin work this week with Marion Construction Inc. to develop a scope of work and contract for the church building and grounds, and with Lakewood Home Builders to finalize a fixed price contract for the rectory. Distilling the MFIF committee’s eight pages of suggestions estimated at $500,000 to those with highest value for the spiritual and physical health of the parish will take a bit of time. Both General Contractors want to do our work efficiently plus become our go-to support for the next special tasking. Making decisions on what tasks to do with the $336,000 pledged likely will be more challenging than negotiating around any ladders, dust or drop-cloths. Please keep praying for the best outcomes for all concerned.
(October 19)The Vestry has approved the start of contractual discussions with General Contractors for capital projects at the church and rectory. At the end of the summer, an ad hoc proposal review group commissioned by the Vestry examined submissions from a number of prospective general contractors and selected the most promising for follow-up discussions. Then after conducting interviews with the finalist firms, the review group made its recommendations to the Vestry, which has now authorized the start of formal contractual discussions with two general contractors: Marion Construction for the church, and Lakewood Home Buillders for the rectory. We are grateful to the members of proposal review group—Mtr. Leslie, Alice Thomas, Monica Dinan, John Kelleher, Ed Menoche, Wil Harkins, Dan Ruff, Mick Sutter, and Barb Adams—for their efforts.
(July 19) Capital Campaign pledges now exceed $337,000; the Vestry has launched the capital project planning process and made the first investments. Thanks to recent pledges, the total pledge figure continues to increase. In addition, generous initial donations now total more than $90,000. The Vestry recently authorized purchase of a badly needed new freezer-refrigerator for the kitchen in the Parish Hall, which represents the first major commitment of funds received in the MFIF campaign. The Vestry has also now launched the process of planning a number of priority capital projects and reaching out to potential contractors for estimates, in expectation of getting initial contracted work underway early this fall.
(July 10) Pledge total now at $330,000. Many thanks to all who have made pledges—your support is greatly appreciated. The Campaign is not over, however. While there has been a significant influx of pledges to date, additional pledges and donations are expected—and needed— to help reach the goal of the Moving Forward in Faith Campaign.
(June 23) Campaign pledges can be fulfilled over 36 months from June 2014. We ask that pledges made to the Moving Forward in Faith Campaign be fulfilled by the end of June, 2017 – three years from Commitment Sunday. Please contact the Campaign Leadership if you have any questions or concerns about the pledge fulfillment process.
(June 17) Early pledge total now approaching $200,000: We're pleased to report that as of Jun. 16 we have received $191,000 in pledges to the Capital Campaign. Thanks to all who have made pledges so far—your support is greatly appreciated.
(June 16) Return your Capital Campaign pledge cards this Sunday, June 22—Commitment Sunday, when we will recognize and celebrate the generosity of this parish at the morning services. We often come to the altar to receive: we receive the body and blood of our Lord, we receive blessings. we receive the grace and joy of being at the altar surrounded by our church community—present and past. But on this Commitment Sunday, we also come to the altar to give. To give of ourselves--talents to build up this community, time spent in volunteering, worshiping, studying, and our financial pledge to support the mission and ministry of this congregation. As you are able, bring your Capital Campaign Pledge Cards to church this Sunday to be brought to the altar.
(May 18) Moving Forward in Faith Campaign holds kickoff dinner to mark launch: On Saturday evening, May 17, a happy and hungry group of St. Michaelites filled the Parish Hall for an evening of fellowship and good food. Over coffee and a generous selection of cupcakes provided by the dinner participants, Mtr. Leslie Hague and members of the Campaign Committee reviewed the needs for capital improvements of the church building and rectory, announced the campaign goal of $500,000, and engaged in a constructive question and answer session.