Red Door Renovation
Good morning. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Nate Lien. My wife Carla and I have three kids: Jake, Josh and Katie and started attending Leawood about two and a half years ago. A short time ago, Ryan asked me to head-up the finance committee for the Red Door renovation project. Even though I work in finance and I’m a pastor’s kid, standing up in front of a congregation talking about money is not comfortable for me. That being said, we are passionate about the Red Door and creating a space for elementary, middle school and high school kids that are currently within the walls of this church and also the ones outside these walls in our community.
If you have been over to the Red Door lately, it’s a little tired and run down. We have black and blue paint all over the place, old carpet, 1950’s tile and it may not be a place you would take your kids if given a choice. I was honestly a little shocked the first time I dropped our kids off for Sunday school. While the modest facilities and no debt were two of the things that attracted us to Leawood Pres in the first place, we believe it is time for us to come together as a congregation to enhance this space and make it more attractive for our youth and their families.
We are in the preliminary stages of planning and have started to gain momentum towards getting this project off the ground in 2018. We have committed to an architect whose rough exterior rendering is behind me and whose services are being paid for by members of our congregation. As Pete Knutson mentioned a few weeks ago, we are currently targeting a session approved budget of $250 – $350k which we believe will allow us to do the following: cosmetic updates to the large-group chapel area, create a café and lounge for Sunday and mid-week Bible studies for middle and high school kids on the upper floor and we also plan to update the classrooms in the basement to brighten them up and enhance the acoustics. Another major change will be to the entrances on the front and back, which will be enlarged to allow better traffic flow. Again, we are in the early stages of planning and nothing is final, but the idea is to spend modestly, continue to operate without debt and to create an attractive, functional space for our youth.
We will likely launch a more formal capital campaign next year once the plans and budget are finalized, but in the meantime, a very generous group has come forward with a year-end challenge. They are willing to match up to $50k in contributions to the Red Door fund by the end of the year. It may sound like a stretch, but if we are able to raise $50k by December 30th, it will mean an additional $100k to the Red Door fund, which already has $140k in the bank, putting us very close to the low end of our preliminary budget.
I know I speak for many of us when I say what a blessing this church has been to our family. We never thought we would find a faith community right in our neighborhood that is so Christ-centered, growing and vibrant. Our kids go to church with kids they go to school with and play sports with on the weekends and God is moving in so many ways in and through this community. Please prayerfully consider making a contribution by December 30th and investing in our youth, which are such a vital part of this congregation.
I’d like to end with Psalm 100:5 – “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” If we are able to impact kids’ lives, we have the potential to impact families and generations to come.