OPENING UP THE BASEMENT AT PMC TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES

After almost two years of careful planning and countless hours of conversation, we are very pleased to be moving forward with the Lower Level Remodel Project! This project will be a wonderful opportunity for Portland Mennonite Church to seek the peace of the city and engage with our community in new ways. 

THE VISION

COMMUNITY

Every congregation needs a place to gather outside of worship. In its current state our lower level comes up short as a kitchen facility, as a space for Sunday School, and as an open area for gatherings like weddings, memorials, youth events, and adult workshops.

INCLUSION

PMC has shown our dedication to being open and accepting to everyone. Yet our current bathroom facilities can be difficult to use and humiliating for people who use mobility devices, families, and non binary members and guests.

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MINISTRY

In addition to providing a better space for SMMS, the lower level remodel will allow us to provide a welcoming place for large groups in our community. Our staff is approached by groups looking for a space like ours almost weekly who we are currently not able to accommodate. 

Hear the needs from fellow PMC’ers

“We want to create a welcoming space where we can host our Muslim neighbors. We want the kind of space where on a Friday night the MYF could bring friends and make pizzas in a stove that works and have interesting conversations about faith, life, and the future.”

 

Rod Stafford
Pastor

“Marylin and I got married 47 years ago and this kitchen is basically the same with the exception of some new stoves and refrigerators. As long as I can remember people have talked about how inadequate it is and the need to make changes.”

 

Lin Rush
Member Since 1970

“Create an attractive, warm, inviting, and welcoming space that will be enjoyed and used for many different reasons and functions. Not only used by ‘we’ PMC members and attendees but for others such as: family gatherings, parties, celebration, preschool, youth after-school activities, entertainment opportunities, workshops, neighborhood and community meetings activities and functions. It can be a location in which the entire SE area of Portland can be made aware of what Portland Mennonite Church offers them as a community”

 

Jessie Hostetler
Member Since 1971

The Project Timeline

2018

JANUARY
Formal architectural drawings are finalized and congregational fundraising pledge process begins. 

FEBRUARY
Fundraising pledge process continues as individual contractor bids (electrical, plumbing, carpentry) come in.

MARCH
Fundraising pledge process ends at the end of the month and quotes from contractors for 2018 build-out are finalized. The first round of pledge payments are due.

APRIL & MAY
Contractors prepare for construction and make sure permitting is in order.

JUNE-AUGUST
Phase 1 construction begins as soon as SMMS and the PMC Sunday School year have finished. Quarterly and semi-annual pledge payments are due in June for those who selected that method. 

SEPTEMBER
Phase 1 construction is completed to align with the new SMMS and PMC Sunday School year. Quarterly pledge payments are due for those who selected that method.

OCTOBER-DECEMBER
Service, Sunday School, and SMMS as usual but with a vastly improved kitchen space and facility that opens up new hosting possibilities and community events. Semi-annual and quarterly pledge payments are due in December for those who selected that method.

2019

JANUARY-FEBRUARY
Service, Sunday School, and SMMS as usual but with a vastly improved kitchen space and facility that opens up new hosting possibilities and community events. 

MARCH
Annual pledge payments are due for those who selected that method. 

APRIL & MAY
Contractors prepare for phase 2 construction and make sure additional permitting is in order.

JUNE-AUGUST
Phase 2 construction begins as soon as SMMS and the PMC Sunday School year have finished. Quarterly and semi-annual pledge payments are due in June for those who selected that method. 

SEPTEMBER
Phase 2 construction, and thereby total project construction, is completed to align with the new SMMS and PMC Sunday School year. Quarterly pledge payments are due for those who selected that method.

OCTOBER-DECEMBER
We have a new welcoming space were SMMS can thrive, Sunday School can be held without constraint, people who need an ADA restrooms feel comfortable, and neighbors/community members can use as a gathering space. Semi-annual and quarterly pledge payments are due in December for those who selected that method.

 

The Cost Breakdown

COST

Kitchen……………………….……$145,000
Remaining Lower Level……$280,000
Asbestos Abatement……….$8,000
Construction Plans……..……$10,000
Additional ADA Bathroom…$40,000

TOTAL $483,000

FUNDRAISING

Budget Surplus..…………..…..$62,000
15yr Loan………………..………. $96,000
Congregational Pledges…..$325,000

TOTAL $483,000

Make Your Pledge

To reach our goal, we need every member to pledge to give 25% of their annual giving amount for the next three years (example: $1,000 annual giving x 25% x 3 = $750 pledge). Some members will be able to exceed 25% while others will not be able to stretch at all. Additionally, this project will require 2-3 cornerstone gifts ($25,000+). If you are able, please consider making a significant contribution. We are encouraging everyone to make a pledge that respects your financial capacity but stretches your commitment to the PMC vision, mission, and values. This pledge should be in addition to your ongoing support of the operational budget.

There are two ways to make your pledge to the Lower Level Remodel Project  1) A paper pledge form and donations via check 2) Online pledge with automatic recurring payment functionality.

  • TOTAL RAISED 54%

$260,450 of the $483,000 goal has been secured!

(Includes budget surplus, loan, and pledges received as of 1/5/2018)

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50 of the 220 regular attendees have pledged so far!

FAQs

HOW WILL THIS IMPACT SMMS
Serving the children and parents who are part of SMMS is important to our congregation and community. This project and the construction timeline have been carefully created to accommodate and benefit SMMS.

CAN WE AFFORD THIS?
Yes! Early in the process, we created a Financial Feasibility Committee to look at overall financial health of the congregation, which determined this project was well within our capabilities. Our debt is targeted to be 5% of our annual budget which is very healthy and fiscally conservative for a congregation of our size and history. Additionally, we have spoken to several other congregations who successfully took on larger projects with smaller congregations.

WHY ARE WE BREAKING CONSTRUCTION UP OVER TWO SUMMERS?
In order to best accommodate SMMS and our own Sunday School needs, we have opted to spread the construction over two summers. The contractor will determine which parts of the build fit best into each summer.

CAN I GET MORE SPECIFICS ABOUT _____?
You bet! Garrett Bishop, Sarah Coffman, Paul Kruger or Rod Stafford are happy to help.