West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, February 17, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but about this time last year we were beginning work on our Accessibility Building Project. Last September we celebrated the completion of that project, and except for a few details, we are indeed finished with the work. Every Sunday when I see someone using one of the lifts, I am so glad we came together as a church and did the work we did.
The financial part of the story is just as inspiring. As of early December we had gifts and pledges of $438,005 toward the cost of the project. Of that amount, $416,069 had been already been received at that time! (I am sure more has come in since then.) Around that time we made our final payment to the contractor, bringing the total cost of the project to $434,489. That meant we had a shortfall at that time of $18,419. Rather than take out a loan for that amount, the Administrative Board had previously approved temporarily taking that money equally from the Fair Fund and the Rummage Sale Fund. (For those who don’t know, that is the money we raise for the church in those two fundraiser events each year. That money is not out in our budget, and is available for other uses during the year.) So we’ve paid the bills for the project, and avoided the extra cost of interest and closing costs on a bank loan by taking money from the church’s funds.
But many of you are still paying on your 3-year Love Lifts Us Up Campaign pledges, and we need for you to continue doing so. As that money continues to come in, it will go to replenish our church’s funds. So it’s still important for us to complete our pledges, and even make additional gifts if we can. Whether your 3-year pledge ends in June or September, your continued giving is appreciated.
We are in the last stages of a great work this church has done together. May God continue to bless our generosity as we open our doors to our church and community.

Reverend Mack