August 12, 2020 Update

May 28, 2020 Update

June 4, 2020 Update

Hey Park Crest, There’s two things I want to make sure we keep you up to date on over the next few weeks. The first is what’s happening in regards to our Kalwall in the main auditorium. The second is the progress we’re making in our efforts toward in-person gatherings. 

 

In regards to the Kalwall, we are currently receiving bids from multiple companies. After I meet with the deacons and consider all of the options, I will bring a recommendation to you, the church, on how we should proceed and possible funding options. 

 

Due to the issues caused by the Kalwall leak in our main auditorium and subsequent construction, I feel it is best to begin meeting in the round auditorium when we gather again. 

 

This auditorium is currently undergoing a renovation to prepare for our main worship services that we look to begin in mid to late June. It seemed to be a source of material for several areas of ministry which has left it in great need of new Audio, Lighting, and Visual equipment. These are not quick fixes but take time to prepare. We ask that you bear with our Park Crest staff as we work diligently toward completing this renovation. 

 

Along with this renovation we are establishing proper protocols and procedures that will allow for a safe return to in-person gatherings such as cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing of seating, entry and exit of the auditorium, and more. We will make sure to update you on all of these prior to our first all church on-campus gathering.

 

We look forward to gathering with you in person soon but for now, I look forward to opening God’s word with you online this Sunday at 10:15am. 

Phillip Housley

Senior Pastor

May 22, 2020 Update

This shift of meeting locations creates some questions - When will we meet? How many times? Be assured, we are working to answer those questions. As we move to the round auditorium, it is very important to be able to deliver the best possible quality for our ministry and services. This will require some upgrades, for example, to the lighting and the sound system. Those upgrades are especially important for those who watch the service online. I have also directed the staff to prepare details for seating, egress, and other matters so that we are all safe as we begin to attend in-person. Through this process, communication is key. I will give you regular updates. Our hope is to begin in-person services again mid to late June.

A Letter From Our Pastor

Dear Park Crest Family,

Let me start by saying, you will be glad to know that this letter is not all about the COVID-19 virus! I really do think that we are going to start making progress and meeting together incrementally in limited fashion very soon. The recommendations from our City Council and Mayor have moved us from 25 people to 25% of capacity based upon our facility square footage. Then, their recommended phases move relatively quickly to next steps of larger meeting numbers. That is great news! Be sure to stay up to date as phases change by going to parkcrestbaptist.org/guidelines.

The purpose of this letter is to update you about the progress as we deal with the last item of our 2019 Christmas Offering. As you know, last year’s Christmas offering included four projects (mortgage payoff, foyer HVAC unit, foyer glass replacement, & main sanctuary *Kalwall). Three of those projects have been completed and the HVAC was completed thousands below expectation. The last project that needs to be completed is the Kalwall in the main sanctuary and it is proving to be a more serious issue than first thought. While I would have preferred to bring this before you in person, the current circumstances require this source of communication.

We have mentioned the leaks in the main sanctuary and side rooms that we once thought were from the roof that we later discovered being the Kalwall on all four sides of the building. Because of those leaks, we filed a claim with our insurance and proceeded to look at what was needed to fix the problem. We contacted the Kalwall dealer out of Kansas City and had a representative look at them and he concluded that the windows were installed incorrectly and could not be salvaged. Furthermore, the consistent leaking has caused damage below the Kalwall and created more serious issues that need to be dealt with immediately. To exacerbate the issue, none of this is covered by our insurance policy.

Upon hearing of this issue, we contacted several companies to come and perform mold testing and this was completed to ensure our safety. Mold was not found in the air but on a wall and suspected to be in the wall as well. At that time, it was deemed “safe” by a remediation company to meet in there.

We have now been meeting with remediation & construction companies that are giving us bids to remove the Kalwall, replace it with other material, remove all mold, and replace damaged areas through our main sanctuary. As you can guess, this exceeds the $5,000 dollars we first estimated.

First, I have met with our PCBC Deacons and discussed the problem including any progress that has been made. They are aware of the serious nature of this problem as well as the potential estimate amounts.

Second, in the best interest and safety of our people, when we meet in-person again, we will start meeting in the round auditorium. This will be necessary until the complete Kawall issue and subsequent mold has been thoroughly removed as well as the walls and windows replaced.

This shift of meeting locations creates some questions - When will we meet? How many times? Be assured, we are working to answer those questions. As we move to the round auditorium, it is very important to be able to deliver the best possible quality for our ministry and services. This will require some upgrades, for example, to the lighting and the sound system. Those upgrades are especially important for those who watch the service online. I have also directed the staff to prepare details for seating, egress, and other matters so that we are all safe as we begin to attend in-person. Through this process, communication is key. I will give you regular updates. Our hope is to begin in-person services again mid to late June.

Another couple questions loom over us as well, “How much will this cost?” and, “How should we pay?” When I receive all comparable bids, I will be meeting with our Deacons and plan to bring a recommendation to you as soon as possible.

Now that you are aware of this matter, let’s pray and ask the Lord together to give us a clear path forward. I am thankful for God’s faithfulness through greater issues at Park Crest through the years. I am also thankful that we do not have a building mortgage. Let’s pray together and see how He will work in this.

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