We are currently in our third church building since our founding 162 years ago. We have been in our current building since 1909. After 108 years, our structure has become difficult to navigate and is expensive to maintain. So, with some sadness but excitement for the future, we plan to build a new church on Annie Glidden Road! With our feet rooted in a rich past, we are planting the seeds of a future with new ministries for our community.
At the end of 2017, we have commitments for $2,456,351 over three years.
Over the last year, the Capital Campaign and Land Purchase Committee members have been meeting regularly with various officials and entities. The Committee members are: Pastor Jonathan Crail, Sally Mullis, Jim Horn, Herb Buhr and Tom Weber. As announced last November, the generous members and friends of DeKalb First United Methodist Church have pledged a total of $2,456,351 to be paid over a three-year period. Now, six months into the three-year commitment period, we have received a total of $1,095,689. Keep in mind that these totals change weekly as donations are received. When these totals change significantly, we will report them to you. In the meantime, watch the “Trees” throughout the church for the latest amount collected. The purchase of the land has taken longer than expected because of all the required meetings and steps needed to complete the purchase. The due diligence process for buying land takes time but the end is in sight. Our committee has met with these municipal departments, committees and individuals:
- The City of DeKalb planning and legal personnel
- The County of DeKalb planning personnel
- The Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District manager and engineer
- Saavedra and Gehlhausen Architects
- Fehr Graham Engineering & Environment engineers, who are doing the due diligence for us
- The land owner
- The North Annie Glidden Task Force Committee
The City of DeKalb has required us to conduct a traffic study to gather information for the entry to the site. We have contracted Fehr Graham to do the traffic study for a sum not to exceed $13,000. While the traffic study has just begun, it will take at least 30 days to complete. We must also finalize the annexation agreement with the City and landowner. This comes after the traffic study and all due diligence are completed. Our goal is to purchase the land by the end of the summer. Finally, now is the time to start thinking about the formation of a “Building Team.” More information will be forthcoming.
Jim Horn Tom Weber Campaign Co-Chairs
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