CRCG Debt Reduction

The Conference Grounds has some ministry debt yet… just over a million dollars!  Update:  With the amount raised in 2018 we are around $700,00 in debt.

Total Raised to-date: $275,000!

Our Worship Center is paid for (see the photo album of that amazing process), but we still owe on our new beach bathhouse, our many infrastructure improvements and our cottages. Our bank loans are all paid off and we are blessed that our remaining debt is with loans from supporting families. Our goal is to have all our loans paid off by the end of 2020. We have been paying off our debt from donations received for debt reduction and from our operational funds. Based upon gifts and donations we have received this year our debt reduction is going to going to take longer than we planned on. So, with the Board of Directors approval, Mike, our Executive Director, is planning  on a debt reduction fundraising adventure that combines his love for the Conference Grounds ministry and the outdoors.

Mike’s Appalachian Trail Hike – “Recharge”

Mike Perton

Mike’s plan to walk the entire Appalachian Trail as a thru-hiker starting at Mt. Katahdin, Maine and walking 2,190 miles southbound to Springer Mt., Georgia started on July 3, 2018. Eight weeks later on August 26 he reached Rutland, Vermont after covering 500 miles over steep rocky climbs and descents, lots of rain, muddy and marshy bogs, and challenges that he had not fully comprehended until he experienced it first hand! He surprised us all by traveling back home on Monday, August 27 and showing up at the Grounds on Tuesday the 28th for Labor Day Weekend!  After much discussion with his family Mike decided that it was best for him to recharge -physically recover, gain back some of the 25 pounds he’d lost, and become a section hiker, completing the trail over the next 4 to 5 years.  Currently Mike is planning to hike from Rutland, Vermont to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, (half way point) fall of 2019.

All gifts and pledges that are given will go 100% towards debt reduction for the Grounds ministry. You may sponsor a mile ($125), pledge an amount/mile walked, or make a one-time gift to the Grounds ministry for debt-reduction. It is our hope that we can lower our debt by at least $250,000 or even eliminate our entire debt – Lord willing!

We ask for your prayers as Mike looks ahead to his section hike in the fall.  Please continue to give as you can.

Your tax deductible donation can be made by mailing us a check:
CRCG, 12253 Lake Shore Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417.
Please memo “Appalachian Trail Hike” on your check.

OR click on the donate button above.

Facility Improvements Planned for 2019:

  1. New roofs on the Main and B/C Bathhouses
  2. Main bathhouse interior is being painted
  3. Two cottages will have interior repainted plus new furniture and stoves
  4. replace pool fencing around the outdoor eating area
  5. Possibly – resurfacing the tennis courts
  6. New outdoor furniture for the campfire area by the picnic pavilion – donations given in honor or Herm and Glady VanDyken – longtime team members and senior serve participants.

What’s Next?

Conference Grounds Ministry Center

The Board of Directors is proposing a new Ministry Center for the Grounds ministry. This new Ministry Center would replace the current Sunshine Room, kitchen, store, and registration area with a new facility that would also have some cottage suite type housing (16 units) and additional meeting facilities. This new building would be a 25-30 thousand square foot building with the cottage suites area being two stories. The facility is still in the early planning stages and no construction time-frame has been set by the Board. Construction would not begin until our current debt is paid off and the majority of funding (almost 5 million dollars) is received. The Board will continue to seek God’s wisdom and guidance as they continue to plan for the future of the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds!


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