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Important Communication: Update Regarding Ada Church
First, let us preface this communication by reiterating that the boards at Ada and Walker have decided to share services and board meetings for a period of time before a congregational vote will be taken to merge the two churches. This gives us time to get to know one another, look at financials and business and how they’re managed, and create a combined vision for the proposed new entity through the process of a mission, vision and purpose workshop (date tba). A congregational vote has not yet been scheduled to merge the two churches, as we’d like continued conversation and input from you, our congregation! We hold the vision that the highest and best good be served as we continue the discussions about bringing the two entities together.
The Ada Church had an $800,000 offer they can’t refuse on their current church, and have voted to sell their Ada location. They are scheduled to close on the sale in the next week. Thus, the Ada group continues to search for a new home. They feel they need a new space that is permanent vs. moving into a temporary space, such as UGR or a hotel, etc. As you likely know, they identified a church in Cascade that seems to be a good fit. They have an offer in on it and are scheduled to close on that property in about two weeks. However, last Friday, another church came to light, and the Ada group plus a couple people from Walker went and looked at it Sunday. It is located in Belmont and is currently ‘Tribe Church’. Tribe has merged with another church in Grand Rapids, due to low attendance. Here are some comparables on Ada’s two possible future homes:
Cascade Church – Approx 6,000 Square Feet, needs extensive renovation. The current offer is $677,000, but Cascade Township will then pay the Ada group $300,000 and split the parcels so they can put a park next door to the church. Ada’s net purchase price will be $377,000. They then plan to spend a large sum on renovations, not to exceed an overall output of $650,000, so they will have some operating funds left (exact figures not known).
Belmont Church – Approx 13,000 Square Feet, move-in ready. Because of the need to move quickly, Ada has decided to make an offer for this church of $650,000 (Tribe Church has indicated that they are looking to ask in the neighborhood of $800,000, but the property is new on the market and is not yet priced). This church is very nicely appointed, in pristine condition, modern and may come with some furniture/AV equipment/lawn care equipment.
We will keep sending updates as we have them. We plan to have our normal Town Hall on the first Sunday in October after church for more discussion. We continue sending Chuck Pearson prayers and wishes for healing and peace after the loss of his wife, Liz. We also congratulate Gina Russ on the birth of a new grandbaby, who had some health challenges at birth but is now recovering nicely. Gina is away caring for her family for another couple weeks. So in the interim, if you have questions, please reach out to Katy Chapman directly at 616-915-3289 or email@example.com.
Unity of Grand Rapids
Board of Directors
UNITY OF GRAND RAPIDS
YOU’RE INVITED TO AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE
PROSPECTIVE CASCADE CHURCH LOCATION!
Saturday, August 21 from 1 - 3 pm
Blessings! We come to you with a special announcement to provide an update on our discussions about joining with Unity of Ada. We will be sending these out regularly to keep everyone abreast of what is happening and to seek input. A few points of interest:
Dear Active Member,
Your Unity Spiritual Community Church Board of Trustees has been assessing the former New Day Church at 2965 Wycliff Road in Cascade as our new church home. After discussions and negotiations with the seller, the Cascade Township Board, inspections, and quotes on renovations need to make the building serviceable and comfortable, the Board is recommending we proceed with the purchase of the subject property. Because of the current sellers' market that exists in real estate we needed to move quickly to get the property under contract. Our offer, however, is contingent on Unity member approval and the results of inspections, cost quotes and agreements with Cascade Township. At this point we have not had sufficient time to get every inspection and quote we will ultimately have done, but we have made sufficient progress to feel very comfortable with member approval of the purchase. Even with member approval, which we have contracted to have by August 22nd, contingencies will still remain, and any unexpected issues would allow us to withdraw our offer.
A special active member meeting will be held at the church after the service (11:45 am) on August 22nd. This recommendation will be discussed, questions answered, and a vote taken.
The subject offer is $677,000 for 3.86 acres of property including the former church. We have, under contract, an agreement for Cascade Township to purchase 1.86 acres of this property for $300,000 to use as a park immediately after we close on the initial purchase. The cost to us, therefore, will be $377,000 for two acres of land and the building, with the guarantee of a Cascade Township nature park immediately adjacent to our property. Compared to commercial properties available in the Grand Rapids area over the last several months, this opportunity stands head and shoulders above anything we have found to date. This property and its improvement will not require us to carry a mortgage, so we will be debt free.
With the sale of our Ada property for $800,000 that closes on or before September 15th, we will have a cash position of approximately $772,000 after payoff of our current mortgage. With the cost of the Cascade property of $377,000, we will have a cash position of approximately $395,000. This will create a building renovation fund of approximately $200,000 and a reserve operating fund of approximately $195,000. The reserve operating fund should keep us financially solvent for 5 to 7 years, even absent material growth. We do, however, expect with a new location and new energy, we will see much improved growth associated with this change.
We would expect to close on the Cascade property by September 22nd. Sale of the vacant 1.86 acres to Cascade Township will occur very shortly after that. We have use of the Ada location, rent free, for 6 months. This takes us to mid-March 2022. During these 6 months we will be able to renovate the Cascade property so we can move to it before we have to start paying rent on the Ada property. It is also very important to point out that this property provides excellent opportunities for expansion to accommodate growth over the future.
As noted previously, moving to a new facility improves the potential for combining the Walker and Ada congregations. At this point in time, Walker is considering a possible merger, but much thought remains to be given before any such commitment could be made. On the other hand, Ada is under time constraints associated with securing the Cascade property, and this is not an opportunity we would like to lose. Too many elements are falling into place that are very favorable to us to ignore.
6) If anyone can’t make it Saturday but would like to see the Cascade Church, they can contact Katy Chapman at 616-915-3289 to schedule a walk-through.
7) We know that there will be questions along this path, and we’ll do our best to send out regular updates. Please contact any board member if you have questions in the meantime. Over the coming weeks, please join us in prayer:
As a spiritual family we come together and affirm that the right and perfect situation for our church home and family will occur. We trust that we will be guided and declare divine order for us at this time. We trust that whatever the outcome, it will be for the highest and best good for all concerned. We trust God, we trust this process and we trust each other. At this time, we focus on divine wisdom, divine judgement and divine love, and thank God once again for giving us this opportunity to serve. We claim our own divinity as well as each other’s and say Thank You God, Thank You God, Thank You God! And so it is.
In Love and Light,
Unity of Grand Rapids
Board of Directors
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Unity of Grand Rapids
1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Mailing address: PO Box 141663
Grand Rapids, MI 49514
1711 Walker Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Alternate entrance located on Seymour, off Richmond.