West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Monday, June 26, 2017



WE ARE ALMOST THERE! In mid-April you received a letter with that exciting and encouraging news about our Accessibility Building Project. The message was that we were “almost there” both in terms of progress on the construction work, and also in terms of having the money to pay for the project without having to take out a loan. In the past six weeks we can celebrate further progress in both areas!
As I write this article the lift in the Educational Building has been installed (though it won’t be usable until it is inspected and licensed). The new handicap-accessible bathroom in the entrance between the buildings and the remodeling work on the ladies bathroom and children’s bathrooms in the Educational Building is mostly complete. The ramp between the buildings is also mostly complete. The shaft for the lift in the church building has been built, and we expect that lift to be installed in the next few weeks. If you haven’t been in the church building recently, you really should see the transformation that is happening! We are on track to complete the work by the end of June.
All of this is happening because of your generous contributions. I can report good progress on the financial front, too. Since we sent you the letter in mid-April over $20,000 in donations have been received, and $11,600 of that represents additional giving from 28 of our families in response to the letter! In addition, we have received a $3500 grant toward the project from the Board of Trustees of the New England Conference of our United Methodist Church.
We think we are now very close to being able to pay for the work without the additional cost of a loan! But your continued contributions are crucial. Until we get the final bills later in the summer we won’t know for sure where we stand. Let me remind you that if we were to have money left over after paying all the construction bills, that money will go into a lift maintenance fund, which will help us pay for the annual maintenance and inspection costs of the lifts. So your gifts are still needed.
Our congregation has been working on this project for almost three years, and now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, we are starting to plan a special day on Sunday, September 24 to celebrate the completion of the project, dedicate the lifts and thank everyone who has made this happen! WE ARE ALMOST THERE!
Reverend Mack