Building Update 092 – “Celebration”

Building Update 092


 December 21, 2022

‘Tis the season to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus in a manger!  As the shepherds looked on in what would become the first Christmas, they must have been in awe of the groundbreaking, world-changing moment!  Don’t you wish you could have been there?

Yes, the excitement, anticipation and celebration of the season are upon us in so many ways!  We have just had our “Shovel Ready” Sunday and another ground-breaking, world-changing moment lies just ahead for Ashley Ridge Church in the New Year.  And this time, we can all be there!

Project Update.  To that end, the permits needed to begin sitework have been applied for by Cypress Engineering, LLC.  All I can say is – YES!!!  Since permitting for the Sitework has a 4-6 months approval process, the Building Team is using this time to move forward on several other building project fronts:

  1. Equip Studio has been given the green light by the AR Board to proceed into Design Development (DD) after which will come Construction Docs.
  2. Lennar has completed the Traffic Study required for the SD-3 Zoning application and has been submitted to Dorchester County for approval.
  3. AR is putting the finishing touches on the Easement Agreement with Dorchester County School District-2 for water & sewer access.
  4. The AR Finance Team continues to coordinate with the local bank providing the Construction Loan.
  5. The NOW. HERE. Capital Campaign is in full swing with commitments coming in to help self-finance a portion of the building project costs.

Financial Update.  AR is having a great year with regards to giving, and it’s not over yet!  Contributions this year total $795,800 YTD.  This is 106.1% of Comp (meaning AR has exceeded last year’s giving by $46,029).  Now that the prior year giving total has bit the dust, AR is taking aim at the all-time annual record set in 2020 of $811,475.  We just need another $15,676 to set a new annual giving record for 2022!  Can we do it???  As my Dad use to say, “You better believe it!!!

With regards to the NOW. HERE. Capital Campaign, AR has received 100 commitments cards since the campaign kicked-off back on September 25th.  The interim goal is 150.  The campaign is essential to increasing operating margin and being able to self-finance a portion of the building project costs.

I would like to take a moment at this time to thank you, Ashley Ridge Church Family, for all your support and generosity of the past year and want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

If you would like to make a Christmas Offering, End-of-Year gift or fill-out a NOW. HERE.Commitment Card, you can do so on-line via the church website:

Derrick Horres                                                                                

AR Building Project Leader

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