CRCG Debt Reduction
The Conference Grounds has some ministry debt yet… just over a million dollars!
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 – “Journey On!”
Mike is planning 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. He is hoping to start on July 1 and complete the entire trail 146 days later on November 22, 2018. Mike is hoping to raise at least $250,000 for debt reduction, which is the amount set by the Board of Directors to allow him to be gone for almost five months. This comes to about $125/mile. Mike and Brenda will be covering all of their own expenses for Mike’s equipment, supplies, food, lodging, and the occasional shower and washing of clothes. Brenda is hoping to visit Mike while on the trail and Mike will be in contact with the Grounds throughout the hike via phone, video, and blog updates on his progress and experiences. It will be an experience and adventure that hopefully will be a blessing for the Grounds ministry!
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 prepares for this hike, for Brenda as Mike is away, and for the Grounds Ministry Team as they continue to lead and direct the Conference Grounds ministry in his absence.
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.
Remember, every $125 given will sponsor 1 mile, and a hiking boot will be put up recognizing the donor and Mike’s progress on the trail!
Facility Improvements Planned for 2018:
- B/C Bathhouse improvements – new sinks, counter tops, toilet partitions, shower remodeling.
- New roof for the main bath-house.
- Replace the pool area fencing around the outdoor eating area.
- Repainting and new furniture in two of our cottages (Peace and Joy).
- New Picnic Pavilion
Construction of our new picnic pavilion is complete and it is being well used this summer season! The pavilion is 32 by 48 feet and can hold up to 100 people for family and group picnics, rehearsal dinners, small receptions, or simply gathering for a family campfire. This new addition was an awesome gift from the estate of Roger and Louise Brinks, who loved the Grounds and were blessed by this ministry. In the future, as funds are available, we hope to add a stone fireplace and an expanded patio area. We are thankful!!
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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