I am in the middle of two very full, very wonderful weeks. Two weeks ago. I peached a message on the call to ministry and five people from our congregation were touched by the call.
I have had the wonderful privilege of meeting with each of them personally and affirming the call and speaking with them about next steps.
I made reference last week to the fact that the Vicarage project had met its first snag. The outside budget was outstripping the inside project and it was looking like the inside project may not happen at all.
So Brenda and I asked a few questions and our contractors, wonderful men of God, got back to us with the answers and a detailed budget with the cost overruns included. Brenda and I took a night to pray about it and then had a Zoom conversation about what we were sensing from the Lord.
To us it made no sense to tackle the inside if the outside of the building was just going to fall down around our ears. Here is what I wrote to our contractors…
Good Afternoon Gentlemen, Brenda and I met this morning by Messenger Call. After a night of prayer we have come to some decisions. * Honestly we cannot go above the $205,000.00 quotes at this time. That is our all in budget so the price of 234,000.00 is out of our reach. * Getting a new kitchen and a new downstairs bathroom while not fixing the leaks in the upstairs bathroom is counterproductive (It would only destroy the new work). * Redoing the inside of the house but not addressing the structural issues on the outside is also counterproductive. * We realize that the pricing for the outside projects absolutely needs "Uh-Oh" money and that the quoted $68,000.00 may not actually be enough. * So we have agreed that while all of the issues need addressing eventually and sooner rather than later we need to prioritize now. * We feel we need to fix the outside to keep the house from falling down. So we would like to do the structural repairs and siding at this point.
Since then things have moved pretty quickly. It looks like the outside project will start next week and be done within the month of October. The port-a-potty arrived today (for the work crew).LAte this afternoon I signed the application for the construction permit.