I want to share an update with you regarding our construction plans for the Larrabee House (rectory) and the atrium that will allow our campus to be completely self-contained.
Our plans have been discussed with the city planners and historic district officials, and I am happy to report they are enthusiastic about our proposals. We have hired an architect, Steve Barnes, and a general contractor, Arnie Silvestri. Once definitive drawings have been completed, we will take them to the city for the lengthy approval process. At that time we will also be closer to understanding the projected costs for the entire project. It is our hope that we can be shovel ready in the early part of 2019.
In the meantime, we continue to raise funds. A letter has gone out to St. Markers who have not yet pledged for this important work. It is my hope that every family will be represented by a gift or pledge at this time of celebrating our 150th Anniversary of the building of the chapel. To date, approximately three-quarters of a million dollars have been pledged or given.
One other note: the building transformation underscores our commitment to adult education. We have hired a consultant, Dan Dzikowicz, to help us establish a thriving, healthy, small group ministry in the midst of our life at St. Mark’s. You will be introduced to him beginning in July. I hope you would consider participating in or leading a group under Dan’s guidance and direction. More about that in the months to come. I am convinced this sort of ministry is a good catalyst for our spiritual growth.
With thanksgiving for you,