Building Project Update


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January 9

The first full week of 2022 found the electricians and HVAC technicians getting quite a bit done. Electricians are preparing for a rough-in inspection for the lower parlors. HVAC installed ductwork in various locations throughout the building and suppliers spent a day unloading and positioning drywall sheets throughout both floors of the new building. The contractor continues to move forward to get the building closed in between the existing and new buildings so it will be fully protected from the weather. Concrete panel siding will be installed soon, hopefully the weather will be nice enough to allow for easier installation. Building infrastructure contractors will continue installations vital to the operation of the building (electrical, HVAC and plumbing/fire sprinkler systems).

We continue to ask for prayers for our project and for all involved with the project. Prayers for the congregation members as they continue to move closer to the time they can use the facility and those who are working to prepare for the use of the facility.

December 26

With this week leading up to Christmas, there was a limited amount of work completed. Masons completed the brick facade on the columns by the south entry to the building. HVAC technicians worked on the rooftop HVAC system on the Atrium roof, connecting ductwork and conduits preparing the units for use. Carpenters were busy framing up the soffits in the lower parlors and the Atrium. They also spent the remainder of the week installing insulation in the Atrium and Sanctuary. We hope you continue to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

December 19

Most windows have been installed. The roof top units were set in place this week. Masons finished on the east side of the building and still need to do around handicap ramp and front entrance. They are working on columns on the south side now. The parking lot gravel is going in. Concrete guys are back working on ramps, sidewalks, ramps into parking lot and light standards for the parking lot. Carpenters have almost finished insulation in the basement, fellowship hall and kitchen. Hopefully the elevator arrives before Christmas break.  Plumbers, sprinkler and electrical contractors are making progress. Most crews will be gone Christmas to New Year’s Day. Continue support for the project and prayers for safety health for all workers. Thank you and God bless.

December 12

There have been great strides in the work completed on the project, positioning it to look much different both inside and out. The Masons working on the brick facade have completed most of the major areas. Remaining areas are around the exterior stairs and fresh air vents on the NE corner, and some portions of the south entry structure. Window contractor installed all framing for the windows and a majority of the glass in those frames. They also installed the front entry door and window frames, glass and doors. Carpenters spent the week working on all the framing needed for the back of the sanctuary and the wall dividing the sanctuary and the atrium. They also worked on framing on the columns in the Atrium. Electricians finalized work in the sanctuary preparing for a rough in inspection. The HVAC Techin Ian’s worked on vent and supply ductwork in the first floor restrooms and the second floor hallway. They also prepared and installed ductwork in the lower parlors in various locations. Plumbers and fire suppression contractors installed ductile iron pipes for the sprinkler system in the sanctuary connecting with the pipes in the basement. Site contractor completed connections of the storm sewer and sanitary sewers to the City sewers. These installations included storm sewer inlets and sanitary sewer clean outs. They also began pushing dirt for the parking lot, placing it to proper grade.

December 5

The project saw quite a bit completed this week both inside and out. The site contractor came and installed the sanitary sewer service and portions of the storm sewer. This work will continue next week too. The Masons continued to work on the brick facade on the north side of the building and will continue to complete the portion under the large front windows. They will then move to the south entry where they will install brick facade on the columns. Carpenters were in and completed most of the framing between the sanctuary and the atrium, around the columns on the south entry and in the first-floor restrooms. Plumbers and HVAC technicians installed piping and ductwork in the first-floor restrooms and fire sprinkler contractor installed some piping in the sanctuary connecting to the lower parlor systems. As we continue to move forward on this project, we ask for prayers for all those involved with the project including personnel from the various contractors working onsite. We invite you to continue your involvement through prayer and through our summaries that are shared on the church Facebook page.

November 24

The short holiday week kept the contractors from getting too much done but they were able to make some progress. Masons completed a majority of the brick facade on the east side of the sanctuary. Work was to be completed for the storm and sanitary sewers this week to prepare for grading of the south parking lot, but due to a change in connection locations in the existing sewer that work was delayed. Carpenters worked on framing around the north window preparing for arrival of the windows in a couple weeks. They then moved to the wall between the sanctuary and the atrium and completed quite a bit of it. Electricians worked installing conduit and junction and fixture boxes in the atrium and the first-floor hallway of the education wing. Plumbers installed the supply line for the second-floor sprinkler system through the resource room to the chase and down to the first-floor hallway. Roofers completed the flat roofs on the north entry, atrium, elevator shaft, first floor restrooms and south entry roof. As we continue moving through this project, we continue to ask for prayers for all involved.

November 21

This week saw progress in a couple critical locations, roofing and window openings. The carpenters completed framing portions of the north window, preparing for the window frame, completed a wall connection between the atrium and the Chapel and used vapor barrier to close in the large window openings preparing to heat inside the sanctuary to make it more bearable to work in the winter cold until the windows are able to be installed. Masons completed a majority of the east wall of the sanctuary. They will be moving to the north side of the sanctuary to work on the brick facade. Electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians continued installing their related systems including electrical conduit in the sanctuary, atrium and basement utility rooms. Contractors were able to complete piping that allows for the operation of the furnaces for the existing building so the education wing can now be heated properly. We continue to ask for prayers for the congregation, the contractors and those from the church involved with the project. If you are interested in participating in the project through planning, prayers or financially feel free to contact the church and you will be put in contact with the proper people. Thanks!

November 13

The new building is getting close to being closed in as we continue to have concerns related to lack of workers and supply chain concerns for materials. The site saw changes in the weather but didn’t slow down the progress. Masons continued progress on installation of the brick facade on the sanctuary completing the south sanctuary wall and south portion of the east wall. They will continue along the east wall and then transition to the north. They will still have some work on the south side related to the south entrance and elevator structure. Electricians continued to install electrical and system wiring throughout the sanctuary and some portions of the lower parlors. Plumbers continue to install roof drain piping and gas lines to connect all furnaces and water heaters to the gas utility. With the expected weather changes it is important to get heat back to the existing building, so they came in on Saturday to complete the installation of the gas and fresh air and vent lines. Carpenters closed in the large window on the south side where the glass block was removed to make it weatherproof until the windows arrive, anticipated around the first week of December. We anticipate the flat roof company will be on-site first of this week to get the Atrium roof and elevator shaft and restrooms roof installed. Carpenters will be back on-site to complete work around south entrance and work inside the sanctuary completing the wall between the sanctuary and the atrium. Plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians will continue working on their respective systems and the site contractor will be in to install drainage and sanitary sewer piping connecting the building to the city sewer system. They will also work on the south side of the building, grading for the rock base for the parking lot and drop off zone. Concrete contractor will be returning to complete remaining concrete sidewalks, steps and drop off area for the south parking lot. We continue to ask for prayers for the congregation, the contractors and sub-contractors working on our project for their safety as they travel to and from the site and while they are working. 

November 6

A great week of dry weather allowed for much needed work to be completed. Carpenters were able to frame in the roof for the first-floor restrooms, second floor elevator hallway walls and roof, south entry, and the north chancel wall inside the sanctuary. Sheeting was completed and vapor wrap was installed. Masons continued working on the brick facade along the south side of the sanctuary and completed enough to allow for the gas meter to be installed. Plumbers, electricians, and HVAC techs continued to work on building infrastructure installing electric boxes, flexible conduit, and HVAC ductwork throughout the building on all floors. Gas meter was installed and connected to the building so once a couple other connections to existing furnaces are completed, they can be prepared for use in the cold weather. Fire suppression contractor installed piping and sprinklers in the chapel.

October 30

 A few rainy days have slowed progress with the project. A major component that was completed early in the week was the second-floor elevator hallway which our concrete contractor completed. They completed framing and sheeting of the first floor restroom walls and moved into the ceiling joists. When the rain came they were able to work in the sanctuary with the front walls and storage areas. The north windows were framed preparing for the windows themselves. Masons were able to complete some of the brick façade on the south side of the building. Plumbers and fire suppression system contractors continued installation of gas lines and sprinkler lines in the lower parlors. Fire suppression also worked in the Chapel installing sprinkler lines. Electricians began installing fixture and junction boxes, conduit and wiring in the roof of the sanctuary and various locations in the walls. HVAC crews installed duct work in the lower parlors and the existing building connecting to the new building. 


October 23

 Carpenters completed framing the outside wall around the first floor restrooms and some sheeting, completed framing and sheeting the exterior wall on the Atrium wall and framed up the wall separating the Sanctuary and Atrium. Masons completed the elevator shaft, prepared for building the remaining firewall between the elevator shaft and the existing education wing. Bricks were unloaded and began to lay out the façade bricks along the south side of the building. Plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians were installing fire suppressing piping, gas service lines, preparing for electric transformer installation, heating and ventilation ductwork in place in the lower parlors. Roofers completed the roofing on the Sanctuary, with almost all of it done in one day.

October 16

With a couple days of rain, progress on the exterior portions of the building was limited. Carpenters did complete some detail work on the roof and some framing on the first-floor restrooms exterior wall. Masons continued with elevator shaft walls and are projected to complete the walls this coming week. Plumbers and fire protection contractors were busy in the lower parlors. Work was performed to complete gas service lines to be connected soon in preparation for the coming cold weather. Fire standpipe was installed from north side of building to pump room. Fire sprinkler piping was installed in Lower Parlors in both the existing and new building. Electrical conduits have been installed preparing for service to be connected soon. Fire detection system conduits were installed as well. Anticipated work next week should include the masons, carpenters, concrete contractors, and roofers. We continue to ask for prayers for the congregation, the Committees and church staff that are working with the contractors, the contractors and subcontractors and any others involved with the project.

October 9 

Carpenters have completed sheeting and underlayment for the sanctuary roof and continue to add roof clips, trim and other items to further reinforce the structure. They also completed walls by the front (north) entry. The masons completed the fore wall next to the existing building and started on the second-floor portion of the elevator shaft. The electricians installed a number of conduits for the lighting and fire detection and alarm system. The fire sprinkler contractor installed a number of pipes and sprinkler heads in the existing lower parlors including the utility and mechanical rooms and the new portion of the lower parlors. Next steps include masons completing the elevator shaft walls, carpenters framing around the first-floor restrooms and closing in the atrium walls and the wall between the Atrium and the Sanctuary. Roofers will shingle the roof and completing the flat roofs once all other framing is complete.

 October 2

The week started with an encouraging word from our Youth indicating their excitement with a message of “Making Progress!!” on the perimeter fence. Carpenters worked a full week on the roof framing, sheeting and underpayment. Plumbers and fire sprinkler contractors made progress on the gas service line and the fire sprinkler system in the lower parlors. Electricians installed an outdoor service box and connected it to the conduit previously installed under the existing Education Wing. Masons returned on Friday and worked to prepare the work platform around the elevator shaft and place block on the platform.

September 25

Carpenters have been busy finishing the roof framing and beginning to put sheeting and roof underpayment on the sheeting. They have completed the south side of the roof and are now focusing on the north side. Steel framing has been installed on the south entry and for the second-floor elevator hallway frame. The electricians and plumbers have been busy installing conduits and piping for the electricity and water supply and waste lines in the lower parlors.


September 19 

The carpenters continued installing “I” trusses on the roof and completed a majority of them. While some continue reinforcing the trusses, others started placing plywood sheeting on the roof beginning to close in the roof. Plumbers put in water supply lines to the lower parlor restrooms and waste vent lines in the kitchen, restrooms and utility rooms. Electricians were “roughing-in” additional light switches, receptacle boxes and some wiring in flexible conduit. They were also busy preparing for and installation of ducts for the electrical service that will provide electricity to the building.


September 12 

The carpenters began the week placing trusses on the roof framing and completed closing the south wall of the sanctuary, leaving just enough for the masons to have access to work on the elevator shaft and adjacent wall. Carpenters also framed in the pass-through windows for the kitchen. The masons continued working on the elevator shaft and the adjacent wall that contains utility closets. This brought the shaft up to the level of the second floor. Electricians installed a number of feet of conduit and rough-in conduit, switch and wall plug components. They also prepared for the main electrical service to be brought in from the west side of the building and take it under the existing building into the downstairs utility room where the existing service is located. Plumbers continued installation of waste piping up to the first-floor restrooms. They also installed large size water supply line and some smaller diameter pipe for the restrooms in the lower parlors. Fire sprinkler system contractor installed pipes and sprinkler heads in the lower parlor hallway and the youth room. Site and grading contractor came in Thursday and installed a new 6” water main connection from the city main on Broadway. The installation is ready for patching of Broadway.

September 5

The masons completed the secondary wall and are working on the elevator walls and first floor restrooms walls. The carpenters have many of the sidewalls up. They will begin closing in roof on the Sanctuary this week. The main water lines will be put in next week and the street will be closed as they work. The plumbers are working in the basement running water lines. The entry way overhangs were removed. The sprinklers were installed in the MELC rooms and most of second floor. The goal right now is to get the building closed in before cooler weather. There is still have more steel to put up for hallway off elevator for the second floor and entryways. We are making progress.

August 29 

The masons returned this week and made some progress on secondary walls. They still have elevator walls and restroom walls on first floor to do so we can put up steel and pour second floor hallway. The carpenters made headway as more walls have been put up in the basement and sanctuary walls. Working hard to get closed in before cooler weather arrives. Sprinkler work in MELC has been completed and still have some on second and first floors to complete. We are getting ready to bore under the building for power hole on the west side is for power to go under the education wing to mechanical room in basement for all power. This week should see the demo of the overhangs over the doors. Please keep the project, the workers and church in your prayers thank you for your support.


August 22 

The carpenters have been here since Tuesday and are showing progress. East and west wall working to the peaks are coming along nicely. Some of the north and south walls have been framed also. Basement has had temporary lighting installed to see better. Jessica Way was in for kitchen measurements and addressed a couple of her concerns which worked out for us. She is ready to go.


This week we are hoping for masons to come to work on walls so we can put up more steel and pour second floor hallway from elevator to education building. Electrical crew will hopefully be here to bore under education building to mechanical room for power to building. Just preliminary work for running power. Sprinkler systems is about halfway done running second floor. Hopefully they will get education building done before MELC starts. Please keep the project the workers safety and the church in your prayers and thanks for the continued support.

August 15

It was a pretty good week of work on the site. The inside arches have been put up and braced in place ready for walls. The beams look great! More braces and studs were place on the east wall. During rain showers, work was done in the basement hallway and restrooms area. More framing should be done this week. Sprinkler system for fire protection started on the second floor of the education building with a lot of drilling through walls and pipe being placed. Carpenters will return on Tuesday and the masons will be here to work on the secondary wall and elevator area. The overhangs on the front doors and back doors may be removed this week depending. We are moving forward. Please keep the project in your prayers and for safety of the workers on sites and for your support. Thanks all.

August 8

Well, the carpenters arrived. Framing started on the east wall pulpit area. More exciting is the basement restrooms walls, elevator hallway, kitchen pantry and mechanical room walls have been put up. The carpenters worked on Saturday and made progress. The arches for sanctuary will arrive this week and the masons are due back this week to work on secondary wall and elevator wall. Temporary lighting will be installed in basement area.

Our Fresh Start Kitchen Committee has been busy as we get closer to getting final measurements for cabinet, sinks, and counters. The Fresh Start Décor Committee has made decision and orders have been placed for chairs, carpets, and tile. Also Fresh Start Stain Glass Committee continue to work and have started a Facebook page. Thanks to these committees. We are making progress. Please continue to pray for our church, the safety of the workers and continued support for the project. Thank you all.

August 1

The Sanctuary floor and Welcome Center floor have been poured. The stairway leading out of the lower level on the east side has also been poured. Two more lumber packages were delivered this week. Concrete is being allowed to cure before we put lifts on it. Work on the east wall should start around Wednesday when carpenters arrive. Mason crews will be back to continue the block walls of the elevator and support wall in front of the education wing so more steel can be put up. A lot of activity should really start happening. The Fresh Start Decor Committee selected chairs and carpet colors for the Sanctuary. Thank you, Decor Committee, for a wonderful job. The Fresh Start Kitchen Committee continues to meet and finalize the plans for the kitchen area. Thank you to the Kitchen Committee for your continued work. Please keep these folks, all our construction crews, and the Fresh Start Committee in your prayers for guidance and safety. Thank you to the Congregation for all your support. 

July 25

The concrete crew returned mid-week to pour the back entryway to the elevator footings, 2 steps to the stairs outside youth room in basement hallway and a small, reinforced wall in basement hallway in mechanical room. They are preparing to pour the Sanctuary floor and Atrium floors next week along with basement exit stairway on the east side of the building and exit door pad in Sanctuary northeast corner. A lot of concrete to be poured this coming week. Wood packages have been arriving for the project also. Please keep the construction crews’ safety and the project in our prayers.

May 30

Progress is being made on plumbing for the Lower Parlors. Foundation under drains complete and backfill around foundation walls in around most of the walls. Next week, continue plumbing work in basement and site work around the foundation.

May 19

The Concrete contractor completed forming the foundation walls on Tuesday, final adjustments then poured the walls in the afternoon on Wednesday completing the perimeter foundation wall.


May 15

Remainder of the week saw the concrete contractor form and pour the remaining footings for the foundation wall. They are currently placing rebar and forms for the foundation walls. They are even working on the rain today so please pray for them to stay safe. They are working hard to catch the schedule back up since we lost some time earlier in the season.


May 12

After over 2” of rain left standing water in the basement area, the contractor was able to dry out the basement. They were able to excavate for floor column footings and pour the concrete for those today. They also excavated the remainder of the footings and placing rebar. Could be poured as early as Thursday. Contractor also excavated and placed aggregate base for the lower parlor concrete floor that will be poured soon.


May 8

Elevator pit in place. Lower parlors, hallway, former men's and women's restrooms excavated.

Upcoming work. Existing foundation reinforcement in old basement hallway. Continuing excavation for remainder of footings and foundation walls.


May 1

Weather slowed progress this week but masons have been busy putting up the second firebreak wall next to the existing building. Foundation drain and backfill around the foundation walls has begun. Biggest element was the elevator foundation pit and wall so masons can begin the elevator shaft in the next couple weeks. Slowly but surely.

NEW building

“I am the Church, You are the Church, We are the Church Together.” As a Church Conference we had the chance to sing these words together on Monday night, November 19. At that time we, as the First United Methodist Church family, also voted to move forward with a project that has the potential to increase our missions both for our congregation as well as the community.


On behalf of the Fresh Start Committee, we want to Thank You all for your prayers and support through this long and sometimes difficult process.  We as a committee understand the significance of the vote to move forward for all of our church family--both those who supported the new facility and those who felt that we could continue to serve the needs of the community as well as our own needs with the current facility.  Now that the vote has been taken, we pray that we will move forward as a united congregation.


We ask that you continue to pray for the process, the Capital Campaign, the planning, designs and construction that lie ahead. We are entering into an exciting time for our church and we pray that you will all continue to participate in the life of the Church and its community outreach.  We are the Church, we are the Church Community and we are the ones God continues to bless through our faithfulness to him. God is Good All the Time, and All The Time God Is Good. Bless you and Thank You Again.


The Fresh Start Committee

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Project Summary

Oct 7,  2020

  • Final Total Cost (including fees) from Construction Manager - $3,715,313
  • This is $149,166 (4.2%) above the amount given to congregation in 11/2018.  This is due largely to delays of close to one year due to switching Construction Managers last year, plus unknowns at the time of the original estimate discovered during plan development.
  • Changes made to reduce the cost of construction from original plan in 11/2018:
  • Removed drive-thru canopy on south side of church.  This can be added during construction if actual costs are running below estimates.
  • The elevator is sized to accommodate 10-15 people but is not sized to accommodate a casket.  Caskets will continue to be moved in and out of the church as they are currently on the first floor through the north door.
  • Slight modifications to the north entrance reducing the useable space in the new narthex.  (Guestimate – 150 sq. ft.)
  • Restoring the stained-glass windows was not included in the 2018 budget estimate.  We expect that there will be different fund-raising efforts to complete this at a later time.
  • Project Financing Plan:  We received proposals from two banks for a line of credit and mortgage.  We have selected Midwest Bank of Monmouth, IL who is proposing a rate of 3.429% for the 12-month line of credit.  The rate for the mortgage will be set at 2.609% above the Federal Home Loan Bank rate, which is currently 0.82%, which puts the mortgage rate at 3.429%.  This rate is fixed for seven years and will be adjusted to 2.609% above the FHLB rate at that time for subsequent seven-year periods.
  • Line of Credit: $1,502,000; interest only paid monthly as funds are drawn
  • Line of Credit Interest rate: 3.429%
  • Estimated Mortgage: $1,201,000
  • Mortgage Interest rate: 2.609% above FHLB rate; reset each 7 years
  • Amortization: 25 years
  • Annual mortgage payments: $71,621
  • Eighty-one families or individuals have pledged their financial support and ninety-one (91) have actually contributed.  We will be asking our congregation to prayerfully consider continuing their pledge at a level that will support the annual mortgage payments.  With 120 giving units, we estimate this ask to be approximately $50 per month or $597 per year above their giving to support the operating budget of the church.

  • We strongly believe that our new sanctuary will honor God and His ministry through us.  Please support it with your financial gift. 

A Resolution of the First United Methodist Church

For the construction of a new sanctuary building

October 25, 2020

First United Methodist Church has undergone extensive work to resolve it’s long standing concerns about the continued deterioration of the sanctuary building constructed in the late 1800’s.  It has lacked many things that a modern church requires including complete unencumbered access for people with limited mobility and the ability to conduct a variety of styles of worship that people today expect.


The proposal is to replace the current sanctuary building, leaving in place the Education Building constructed in the early 1960’s, with a new sanctuary building.  The building will be approximately 6,300 square feet in size on both the main floor as well as the lower level.  The first floor will be the main sanctuary along with a narthex located where the current courtyard is on the northside of the building.  The sanctuary will accommodate seating for 250 people and on the same level as the education building. 


An elevator connecting all three floors is also included.  The lower level includes a new kitchen, pantry and seating for approximately 200 people in the new dining area.  The lower level will be on the same level as the Youth Group room in the Education Building.


The final cost provided by Zion Church Builders, the Construction Manager, plus furniture, fixture, equipment and professional fees is $3,715,313.  The church has already paid $258,839 toward the project, leaving a balance of $3,456,374. As of September 30, 2020, the church has $1,919,172 in cash and investments.  This along with a construction loan of $1,502,301 and a grant from the Fellheimer Trust of Macomb will complete the required funds needed to pay for the construction.  The remaining unpaid pledges from the Capital Campaign in 2019 of approximately $300,000, will reduce the final mortgage to approximately $1,200,000. 


We have a received a financing commitment letter from Midwest Bank which includes a fixed interest rate of 3.429% for twelve (12) months for the construction loan and a rate of 2.609% above the Federal Home Loan Bank rate (currently 0.82%) at the time the construction loan is converted to a mortgage. Using this formula, the mortgage interest rate will be adjusted every seven (7) years during the life of the mortgage.  Annual payments over the twenty-five (25) year amortization period, based on the current interest rates, are $74,359.


The District Committee on Building and Relocation has given their unanimous approval for this project and its financing plan on October 7, 2020.


Therefore, be it resolved that members of the First United Methodist Church of Monmouth, IL at the all church conference meeting on October 25, 2020 hereby grant authority to the Chairperson of the Trustees to execute all documents for contracting and financing the construction of our new sanctuary building described above.  These documents include, but are not limited to a Promissory Note, Construction Mortgage, Resolution to Borrower, Security Agreement, Construction Escrow Agreement, Construction contract and any addendums and change orders.   

how can i get involved

There are a few ways you can get involved right now! 

  1. Commit to pray for the building program. A group of people meet every Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 9:45 in the chapel to pray together for this program. If you are unable to make it to the chapel on Wednesday mornings put it on your calendar to join in where ever you are to pray for the program.