Our new Synod House is becoming more real each week. The architects are fine-tuning the plans. Engineers are working on issues related to the site. Electrical engineers are planning the lighting, and mechanical engineers are working on the heating and cooling. We have had our first meeting with the city's Design Review Board, we've begun the conversations about sidewalks and bike racks. We have the support of all our neighbors, and have begun the negotiations for a conditional use permit for Mission Builder RVs on the site. We hope to begin putting down the concrete slab in early spring, as soon as the weather permits.
In the mean time, we continue to raise funds for the project. Jeanne McCoskery continues to work with congregations and individuals. Mcjeanne8@gmail.com.
And we are beginning the signup of volunteers to come to Great Falls next summer to help the Mission Builders build our new house. Starting June 6, and continuing through September 2, we are looking for groups of volunteers from congregations to sign up for 5 day stints-Tuesday through Saturday. We are asking each group to bring at least 4 construction volunteers and 2 cooks. Pastor Arne Bergland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a group of volunteers from Our Redeemer's are coordinating the volunteer recruitment. You can find a signup sheet on our website (www.montanasynod.org) and also in this email. More information is there.
We are excited to have this be the people's house, created and built by members of the Montana Synod. We are so grateful to all the people who are stepping up and helping out any way they can.
I look forward to seeing you and working with you this summer!
Jessica Crist, Bishop
Bishop Jessica Crist
Bishop of the Montana Synod of the ELCA