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Our Church Building Project

Our Church Building Project

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From our Building Committee ...

July 18, 2018

My fellow Parishioners,

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the Building Committee. I humbly apologize for not writing to you sooner. My fellow committee members and I have been working hard to advance the progress of our new church building program. Your patience and perseverance are greatly appreciated.

The overwhelming assistance we have received from the Diocesan staff over the last six months is a direct reflection of Bishop Knestout’s tremendous support and prayers for the success of our project. We updated the Diocesan Building and Renovation Commission (BARC) on our project this past April 2018, and recently on July 12, 2018. Both times we received help and encouragement to continue moving forward. Our last meeting was most successful, with BARC authorizing us to submit our final construction documents to the City of Waynesboro for building permits as soon as they are ready.

During the months of February and March 2018 we reviewed bid proposals from several site development contractors, and selected Moffett Paving & Excavating Corporation as our site developer. Site development work began in May 2018, and in spite of bad weather, has continued through the summer. Much progress has been made recently, and we expect site work to complete by the end of August 2018.

In April 2018, after presenting our 90% construction documents to BARC, we began a process to hire a General Contractor to build our new church. After reviewing bid proposals and holding interviews with various firms, we selected Nielsen Builders, Inc. as our General Contractor in early May 2018. Through May and June 2018 we have been heavily engaged with Nielsen and our architect, Harrison Design, to review our construction documents with the goal of ensuring its affordability. This value engineering exercise proved most fruitful in identifying alternate materials and construction methods which in turn reduced overall construction costs.

Our architect is currently finalizing our construction documents, and will be submitting them to Nielsen for final pricing. Nielsen will also be submitting the finished construction documents to the City of Waynesboro as part of the application process to obtain building permits. By the end of August 2018 we expect to have construction costs finalized so that we can submit a building contract to Bishop Knestout for his approval and signature in early September 2018. Once this is accomplished and as soon as we receive our building permits from the City of Waynesboro, we will start actual construction of our new church.

Please continue to pray for the success of our building project. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance and your support we look to start construction in September 2018.

I welcome any feedback you would like to give. I promise to contact you as expeditiously as possible so that you have the opportunity to ask additional questions. I also welcome your continued prayers and support.




Phillip Thorpe

Chair, St. John the Evangelist Church Building Committee

Update: Bishop Knestout signed our Building Contract on 27 September 2018. We have now entered the construction phase.

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