CRCG Debt Reduction:
We are thankful for all of the support and donations we have received this past year. In 2020 we were able to pay of over $200,000 in debt, and this spring we paid off another $150,000. We are hopeful that by this year’s end we will pay off another $100,000 leaving us with about $200,000 in personal debt (all of our loans are with individuals). Our goal is to have all our loans paid off by the end of 2022!
New Ministry Center – Replacing the Store, Kitchen, & Sunshine Room:
The board of directors has decided to move forward with the next step(s) in the planning process to replace our current store/registration area, kitchen, and Sunshine Room and adding 16 cottage suites! We are currently updating our plans and making it a two phase project. The first stage is to replace our current store, kitchen, and Sunshine Room structure that is 5,250 square feet with a new building that is approximately 9,700 square feet on the same location with a bigger footprint. The store, kitchen, and registration area will be larger with the Sunshine Room meeting area getting the biggest increase with the addition of a serving area and small café. The kitchen area would be modernized and larger to accommodate the business of our summer and non-summer seasons. The store will still have our grill / lunch counter, candy area, and ice cream counter with a new walk-up window. The entire building will be air conditioned and be a great place for families to gather, play games, and fellowship all year long. The new building will complement our new worship center in its design and appearance. The estimated cost for this first phase with the current construction costs is between 3 to 3.5 million dollars.
The second phase would be a separate two story building that would add 16 cottage suites and additional meeting space located next to the new ministry center (where are current putt-putt golf is located). We have approval from Grand Haven Township with our current master plan to add the cottage suites. Each cottage suite would be about 600 square feet (little smaller than our Friendship / Haven cottages) with one bedroom, bathroom, living area with a pull-out couch, small kitchen & dining area, with, a small deck on the lower floor and balcony on the upper level. The suites would be for four people or less. The cottage suites would be a great addition for our summer season and be used the rest of the year for retreats and family gatherings! The estimated cost for phase two with current construction cost is 2 to 2.5 million.
Our timing plan is to raise the funds for construction over the next two years 2021 to 2023. Demolition of our current building would take place right after Labor Day weekend 2023 with construction of the new ministry center (phase one) happening over the fall, winter, and spring seasons. The ministry center would be ready for the summer season of 2024 with dedication taking place on Memorial Day weekend the Lord willing.
Please consider a year end gift to the Grounds ministry for the new ministry center. For 71 years, our camping family, concert attendees, and many visitors have enjoyed the beauty and amenities of the Conference Grounds with family and friends. We have a great responsibility following in the footsteps of those who built for the future in 1950’s and looked to bless the generations that follow! Please pray for guidance as the board continues to plan for the future and consider a year end gift with the abundance that God has provided to you in this past year. WE are blessed to be a blessing!
Septic System Improvements:
Our septic operations were in compliance for the summer of 2021! Are monthly septic flow averages and testing results were in compliance to EGLE state requirements. Sadly, that has not always been the case in previous years. The Grounds septic waste system was built in the mid 1980’s to accommodate the camping and cottage improvements of the 1990’s and 2000’s. With the addition of the worship center, year around cottage usage, and the 30 plus years of operations our septic system is maximized. To continue our current operations or even consider additional improvements we will have to upgrade our septic system. Our system is currently permitted through the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and is tested and monitored by the engineering firm, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, and Huber. The Conference Grounds does not have expansion capabilities so it’s the engineering firm’s recommendation that we connect to the Grand Haven Township septic system. Currently the Grounds is one mile away from the closest point of connection and the tentative cost is 1 to 1.5 million. The septic system upgrade may be a requirement prior to building the new ministry center. The change to connect to the Grand Haven system would be a major improvement and a positive impact on the Grounds operations.
Facility Improvements 2022:
1. Cottage upgrades:
- Rest, Faith, & Hope Cottages will get new living room furniture and dining room tables
- Fellowship and Retreat new mattresses
- New Flooring in Friendship and Haven
2. New retaining wall, sidewalk, driveway by director’s residence and administrative offices.
3. New benches by tennis/pickleball courts.
4. Additional landscaping around the gazebo area and bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
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