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The Church Council is calling a special meeting of the Congregation on January 7, 2018. The purpose of this meeting is two-fold: (1) to authorize the Council to enter into a contract for the remodeling of the downstairs bathrooms; and (2) to authorize the Council to obtain financing of up to $70,000 to fund the bathroom project and to update our failing climate control system (“HVAC”). The financing would likely need to be secured by a mortgage on church property. There appears to be a broad consensus that the main bathrooms downstairs are inadequate in terms of space, functionality, and overall appearance. In addition, the church’s HVAC system has been failing steadily over the last several years, and the estimate to stabilize it is in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. We currently have approximately $30,000 cash-on-hand for the bathroom project (including $10,000 from the Endowment Fund), and roughly $7,000 in pledges that can be used to fund the projected cost of the project, which is currently estimated at approximately $79,000. As long as we will likely need financing to complete the bathroom project, we think it makes sense to borrow funds to update the HVAC system as well, as it is not the sort of project that will likely excite up-front donations in the way we have seen with the church bell, zimbelstern, restrooms, endowment, or other projects. With a little bit of luck, the special meeting should be short (hopefully no more than 5-10 minutes). In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Marty Carlson at (612) 804-1777, or Pastor Haug at (612) 377-5095, if you have any questions. Thank you.