Pastor’s Pen November 2016
Matthew 19:13-14 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’
It is almost done except for the signing of the papers. The old Connection building has been emptied of the last of the items that are usable at the new site and we have sold, given away, or thrown away anything else. It is the end of an era, yet it is also the beginning of a new one. The new Connection building is a wonderful space for the kids to play and learn in. It also is a place with a lot of potential. Unfortunately that potential comes with a price tag.
Although the new facility had a nice kitchen, it did not meet the standards that the county requires for a certified kitchen. The stove and refrigerator/freezer need to be NSF approved, a hood ventilation and air return system needs to be installed, new flooring and plumbing for appropriate sinks needs to be added, and wall coverings and ceiling tiles need to be up to code.
Some of these things have been pulled from the old building to be used in the new one, like the fridge, a small freezer and the stove, including the hood and fire suppression system. But not everything was able to be salvaged, and not all of it was worth salvaging either. The money received from the sale of the old building only goes so far, and the estimated cost of the kitchen is between $15,000 to $20,000 dollars.
Pastor Maas, Pastor Cooper, and myself, have done what we can in moving things, pulling cabinets, and carpet-ing, and moving the stove hood and fire suppression system, but there is only so much we can do to cut our costs.
CAMA has a dream to redo the back half of the building to make part of it into a large muscle play area for the kids. Some of the games like air hockey, carpet ball, and foosball that were at the old building can’t be used yet because we do not have enough room for them in the finished area. These games will be in the remodeled area. We also plan to build a conference room that is usable for community meetings, pastoral counselling, and CAMA meetings. The rest of the currently unfinished area will be used for the furniture ministry that is run by Antelope Hills Church. They are paying a small monthly rent to use the space for this ministry.
Eventually phase three will include a fenced outdoor play area and playground equipment, but for now, with winter coming, we feel the kitchen and phase two areas need to be the priority. We have a wonderful mission at The Connection in creating a safe place for our community’s children and the ministers of CAMA are thankful for the community’s support in this project. If you would like to help make phase two or three of our plan come to fruition by donating money or some other form of support let me know.