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Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 

Paving the Way Progress
At the April 23rd Voters' Meeting, the congregation approved increasing the parking lot fundraising goal to $605,000. The $55,000 increase was to allow for a 10% contingency fund. The previously allowed contingency was used up due to higher than anticipated costs. The parking lot reconstruction will begin immediately after school dismisses for the summer. To date, $245,000 of the $605,000 budget has been raised. This includes $103,500 from the Scrip program earnings. Many, many thanks to Gail Pateros and all of the Scrip volunteers for this amazing accomplishment!! Thanks also to everyone who has already given an individual gift to the parking lot fund. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Please consider making a gift (or an additional gift), over and above your regular offering, toward completion of this much needed project. Contact business manager, Cindy Perkins ( OR 754-4471 X307), with any questions regarding a gift. 
Parking Lot Project Questions and Concerns

Questions from the Congregation

  1. What is the dollar amount the grant applications would amount to?
    Answer: That amount cannot be determined at this time.
  2. Let's say the parking lot project is approved. If we don't have the money we need from the fundraising where do we go (for the money)?
    Answer: A temporary cash flow issue allows us to a) use reserves from the general fund to be repaid with fundraising or b) borrow from Lutheran Church Extension Fund. (And this won't be needed because our fundraising efforts will be successful!)
  3. Could someone block us from building the second exit?
    Answer:  per Gale Price, No the second exit cannot be blocked
  4. Has anyone done a Roosevelt traffic study? Roosevelt parents park on both sides of Holmes to pick up kids and cars and kids are everyone causing a hazard.Answer: No, no study has been done. It's a good point to consider and efforts will need to be made for safe use of the exit during school times.
  5. Can the city allow parking only on Roosevelt side of the street?
    Answer: These are things we'll need to determine
  6. Is the new entrance an egress only? Or entrance and egress?
    Answer: Yet to be determined
  7. Are we losing parking spaces in the new parking lot?
    Answer: We will have to count spaces before voters meeting on Sunday
  8. Will the pea gravel be replaced with something else?
    Answer: The parking lot project is separate from any upgrades or changes to the playground located off the asphalt (including the pea gravel). The reference to the parking lot/playground is in the use of the parking lot area as playground for our kids. Efforts to keep the pea gravel off of the parking lot in our design will be considered.
  9. What is the thought for the location of a new building?
    Answer: We are looking at all options and listening to opinions. It's too early in the process to determine this but this is why we need the Angus Young Associates study to give us insight to our options.
  10. What will the traffic flow for parking lot use be and how will this be communicated for safety?
    Answer: The Church and School administrative staff will address this.
  11. Will there be additional lighting in the parking lot?
    Answer: There is no additional money budgeted right now for lighting. However, there is a possibility for additional lighting surrounding the parking lot and this can be explored.
  12. Regarding the timeline for construction, is there any “wiggle room” in the timeline? (end of school year to start of VBS)
    Answer: The current timeline presented is preliminary. We believe it is achievable but certainly there may be unanticipated issues that arise. We will have to deal with them as they arise.
  13. Is the cost of demolition/removal of the home at 1217 E Holmes St. included in the budget?
    Answer: This cost is not in the initial budget. We have explored donations to Habitat for Humanity to repurpose the home and to decrease demotion cost.
  14. If another non-profit wanted the home and covered the cost of moving it is there a process for applying for this?
    Answer: Yes, another entity could offer to move the property. They would have to provide proof of insurance for such a task as well as demonstrate the ability to remove it on our timeline. Questions regarding this can be directed to Duane Mundth.
  15. Is the reconstruction of Ringold Street (by the city) going to affect the parking lot?
    Answer: The reconstruction by the city will include the off street parking in front of the school so this benefits us. The logistics of parking lot use/Ringold St. reconstruction will be worked out as it evolves.
  16. Will we have additional voter's meetings when additional information is available? How will information be presented as the project continues?
    Answer: The questions and answers posed to committee members will be posted and answered on the St. Paul's website and monthly in the church bulletin. New information will be updated on the website and in the bulletin as well.
Additional Information

Our parishioners were recently sent a letter with information about our Parking Lot Project.


If you are considering donating to this great cause, you can download a pledge card.


You can also donate now online by entering an amount in the "Parking Lot" field.


We also now have the ability to accept donations through a mobile app for both iPhone and Android devices.


2018 Parking Lot Construction Motion Passed

St. Paul’s proposed motion to approve parking lot project for 2018 construction

I move to approve the redevelopment and construction of the parking lot and authorize expenditures relating thereto in an amount not to exceed $550,000, which expenditures may be paid from funds borrowed or donated in connection with a capital campaign, in the discretion of the building committee and the church council; which expenditures will be incurred following consultation with engineers and architects; and which expenditures, may in the discretion of the building committee and the church council, include the following:

  • Acquisition of the property located at 1217 East Holmes Street for an amount not to exceed $80,400; and
  • Initial fees for professional services, including without limitation, the retention of engineers and architects relating to the redevelopment and construction of the parking lot and the future construction of an early childhood center, which fees shall not exceed $45,800.00