January 15, 2016 Update

Dear Koinonia Family,

Love Down Town progress is moving at high speed.

Plans are in the early stages for our move to the new offices that are being remodeled. Soon books, copiers, printers, equipment etc. will be boxed up and readied for the move. Even though the move-in date is not set in cement, it will be SOON! – and that should not be interpreted in the same way Jesus said He is coming back soon – which is 2000+ years ago! Rev 22:10 Lol!

The walls for each office are up – the community workspace along with built-in desks and cabinets are near completion – ceiling tiles are in – Painting is happening and the end is in sight.

Finances continue to come in at a good pace thanks to your faithfulness! Even though the Love Down Town campaign is an 18-month long fund raising drive – we have been able to keep up with costs and pay on a cash basis. With your continued faithfulness to complete the commitment you made toward this project – the office and Café One Eleven will be debt free by the end of the 18 months – God willing!

Next up: The finishing touches and the move. Soon after the offices are relocated – we are looking forward to opening the Café One Eleven.

Pastor Tim
Lead Pastor
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December 2, 2015 Update

Roof repaired, drywall going up and lights coming up next! Now we’re cooking with gas.

October 27, 2015

The framers have been busy! What was once an empty space, is now filled with the outlines of new offices, restrooms and our coffee shop. The electrician has also been busy right alongside the framer, getting all the new sockets, phone and data lines, and circuits prepped and ready. The mechanical sub (air conditioning) has been buys hanging ductwork into every space so that we can stay nice and comfy!
While working on installing our new AC units on the roof, we discovered an area of the roof that had been damaged by water that wasn’t caught in our initial inspection. The roofer will be repairing this section of the roof and the plumber will add a few more drains so we will be ready for this WET winter season!
Next up is drywall!
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September 25, 2015 Update

Work has begun in earnest over the last few weeks! While the pics below are not very exciting, we all know that some of the most important work happens UNDERGROUND!

The demolition crew came in and removed the old t-bar ceiling and all the old fluorescent lights. The new building code is extremely stringent when it comes to light fixtures, so we couldn’t really save anything. Although we did discover that the old insulation was the really thick stuff that we saved and will reuse which will make the building even more energy efficient! We did have asbestos in the sheetrock, so that required an extra week to seal and test, but now all the offending material has been removed and we are on our way.

The plumber has cut the foundation, as you can see in the pictures, and laid the plumbing work for our two new bathrooms (one for the café and one for the offices) as well as the floor sinks for the café. During this process we discovered that the building was connected to the sewer with a 3″ pipe when it should have been connected with a 4″. This means that we will have to unexpectedly run a new 4″ line to connect to the sewer so that we don’t have to take turns flushing the toilets and making coffee!

The electrician is busy as well — more to come about their work in the next update.

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August 14, 2015 Update

Dear Koinonia Family,

We are very, very close to things moving on our Love Downtown project! The anticipation level about our coffee shop is much higher than we ever anticipated, with people stopping us on the street and saying how excited they are to have a coffee shop in the heart of downtown. The coffee shop concept has been more popular and well received than we expected. Praise God!

The finances needed for the project are coming in strongly. Because of the generosity of God’s people, we have:

  • $236,657 in pledges of the $350,000 goal
  • $117,273 in collected Love Downtown offerings
  • $154,324 cash on hand (Love Downtown offerings plus our building fund)

This is enough for us to get started NOW!

  • We have plans in hand.
  • We have the building permit from the city.
  • Next week we expect the final demolition to begin with work on plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical to follow shortly thereafter.

This first phase will cost about $125,000. In order to keep us moving steadily, we are praying that the next $100,000 will come in quickly. Once we begin work, the question, “How long will it take to complete?” will be determined by whether or not we can sign the next batch of contracts. Please be praying with us that the finances will continue to be given.

Our prayer is that 1 Chronicles 29:9 would be true of our church family: The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.

Thank you!


Tim Howard
Lead Pastor