Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship

Property and Building News for Olivette/Creve Coeur Site

March 6, 2015 - Officially Under Construction

I never thought Iíd say this but I couldnít be happier to see some porta potties on our property! After a long, drawn out process with the city of Maryland Heights, we received our building permit in February to begin construction. Demolition began yesterday, and it was surprising to see how much of it was done when Adam Hancock and I stopped by to see the progress today. †

There is so much to be thankful for when you step back and realize all the years of prayer and time people have invested. To see the Lordís provision and his sovereign timing in all of this is amazing. Being inside the building and smelling the dust and hearing power tools made Adam and me giddy beyond words (Adam more giddy than me). If you have the opportunity to stop by the Borman building during the weekday, I encourage you to stop by and give thanks to God! †

There are also prayers to continue to lift up as construction continues: †

1.†††† Eliminate further delays and hiccups such as keeping additional costs at a minimum, construction and city inspections would go smoothly, etc.

2.†††† Spirit of unity and good communication between church leaders and/or members.

3.†††† Provide strength and grace for those involved Ė Will Pierson (contractor), Jim Hewlett (architect), Adam Hancock and John Choe (deacon), building committee members, and our West campus elders.

4.†††† Crossroads, the people, would continue to be the church that would carry out Godís mission to be a light to our communities. †

 

November 13, 2014 - Update on Borman

Many have been asking when I think we’ll be worshipping in our new church building. To answer that question, it will be helpful to give you an update on where we are currently.

We closed on the loan for our mortgage back on August 14th. Since then, we’ve been busy putting the final construction drawings together, getting final costs, and closing on our construction loan. We also had our first work day at Borman ripping up carpet, taking apart cabinetry to reuse for classrooms, and move and re-organize furniture.

I can’t say enough about how much our fearless and wise architect and member, Jim Hewlett, has meant to us. He has put in countless hours of working with the city, contractor, and building committee to make this process as seamless and easy for us as possible.

We closed on the construction loan October 30th and now wait for our building permit to be approved. There are always little things here and there that need to be revised, and we have done what the city planner has asked of us. As soon as we receive the building permit, our contractor is ready to go and begin work on Borman. But for now, we wait...

Our contractor, Will Pierson, has said that he estimates construction to take about 3 months to complete. So, if we were to receive approval today, we could potentially begin worship at Borman sometime in late January or early February. But all of it will depend on when we receive the building permit.

It is exciting to think about having a place of permanence to worship and engage our communities to experience and know the one, true, living God. In the meantime, continue to pray for the building and construction to go smoothly. Also, if you have pledged towards the capital campaign, you can start to give if you haven’t already. If you have questions about how or ways to give, please contact John Choe at johnchoejohnchoe@gmail.com. If you haven’t noticed, we are only $600 from reaching our goal! Thanks be to God for all of you who have given generously, sacrificially, and joyfully!

Sincerely,
Dan Song

 

August 15, 2014 - Closing & Campaign Update

(Pictured: Charlene Kim, Daniel Song, Larry Goodman)

We officially closed on our 11971 Borman Rd. property yesterday morning! It was truly a momentous occasion for the history of our church at our West campus! For some of our members, they can recall their time as being a part of the English Ministry of Korean Presbyterian Fellowship. For others, we remember our time as Grace Presbyterian Fellowship and particularizing into the Missouri Presbytery. However, for most of us, we've been a part of Crossroads and the merger, planting this second campus, and praying that the Lord would grant us a place of permanence in His timing! After five years, that time has come! And it's good to give thanks to the LORD, for His steadfast love endures forever!

Also, just to give a brief update on the Capital Campaign: We are at $291,225! Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Additional pledges will allow us to meet our $300,000 goal and pay more towards the purchase price to keep costs low. Please complete your form and place it in the offering basket this Sunday or contact John Choe if you would like to make a pledge.

 

Great News!!! ...so close!

Dear Crossroads,

We have great news on the progress of the capital campaign!

Where we are at: up to this point $287,500 has been pledged! We wanted to thank you for your generosity, support & prayers. Being involved in the campaign has been a beautiful picture of 1 Corinthians 12, that reminds us "the body does not consist of one member but of many". The total pledged to the campaign has not consisted of a few members of the church, but rather represents a wide participation of the body as a whole.

What is next: because we have reached our initial upfront goal of $50,000 & we are so close to our total goal of $300,000 we can proceed with the purchase of the building & down payment of construction costs to begin work on renovating the building.

Opportunity: although we are very close to our goal which would enable us to purchase all the necessary furnishings for the "new" building, any additional pledges would allow us to pay more towards the purchase price which would help keep our monthly expenses at an affordable rate. Please complete your form and place it in the offering basket this Sunday or contact John Choe if you would like to make a pledge.

In Christ,

Capital Campaign Committee

 

July 14, 2014 - "Rooted" Campaign

We have officially launched our capital campaign. This is an exciting time for us as we continue to move forward with the Borman Building. If you were not at either campus yesterday or forgot to pick up a packet, you can download all the information HERE. Just a few key points to highlight from yesterday:

 

June 29, 2014 - Parking

During this 60 day due diligence period, we've been hard at work with building inspections, title and loan commitments, design drawings, updating a survey, making sure our finances are in order and obtaining loans, etc. One particular area that we've spent some time on, specifically Charlene Kim and Jim Hewlett, has been working with the city regarding zoning. For zoning purposes, we need about 70 parking spots for occupancy but our property only has 36 spaces. Thus, we have come to an agreement with the owner across the street for a 5 year lease that gives us more than enough parking (60 additional spots for $325/month) for Sunday mornings. The city has approved of the agreement.

In 4 to 4.5 years, we'll have to work with the current owner and/or adjacent neighbors to renegotiate a new lease that would allow us to continue to worship in our building. The worst case scenario is that in 5 years we would not be able to find a neighbor to renew our parking lease leaving us unable to worship. If this is the case, which we believe is unlikely, we would most likely sell our building and move to a new location. This property does have the advantage of its location, i.e. an industrial/business park, to be able to sell it quickly and with ease.

We feel confident that this will not be a problem but thought that it was important to let you know that there is always that possibility, no matter how slim. If you have any questions, feel free to contact myself, Charlene Kim, Jim Hewlett, or Leo Hsu.

As for next steps, we've been granted a 30 day extension to work on construction, financing and the capital campaign. That pushes our closing date back to August 14 and consruction to begin sometime in the Fall.

-Daniel Song

 

April 29, 2014 - Walk through!

With the congregational/corporation meeting on May 11 to discuss and vote on the purchase of the building at 11971 Borman Drive, we have a walk-through/open house scheduled this upcoming Saturday from 10am - 12pm.

Feel free to drop by, walk around, and ask questions. We hope that this will be helpful as we come together for the meeting on May 11. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Dan at daniel@crossroadspres.com.

What - Walk-through of potential church building
Where - 11971 Borman Drive, Maryland Heights
When - Saturday, May 3; from 10am to 12pm

 

April 28, 2014 - Congregational/Corporation Meeting

Yesterday morning we shared an update on our search for a a building for our Olivette/Creve Coeur site.

We know that many of you have been faithfully praying for and supporting our building search process, and we are grateful for the ongoing efforts of our search team over the past several months. We are glad to be able to share with you that we have identified another potential building for purchase, located at 11971 Borman Drive (just southeast of Page & 270).

In light of this, we will be having a Congregational/Corporation Meeting on Sunday, May 11 at 4pm at the Maplewood site. We need to meet as a corporation to discuss and vote on the potential purchase of this building as a permanent home for the Olivette/Creve Coeur campus. (Members of the corporation are full members of Crossroads over 18 years old. Associate members, younger members and regular attenders are welcome to attend the meeting but will not be able to vote.)

We encourage as many members as possible from both sites to be there for this discussion and vote.

If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact a member of Session.