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The "Grand View" Story

Revised August 10, 2003

Building Fund

Because of low overhead and the high interest rates during the Carter years, GV was able to accumulate a sizable building fund. Paul had scouted out the present Hubbell property back in 1978 as a desirable location for the church; however, the price was about $115,000. The executor of the estate was a bit greedy and held the price high and the property remained on the market for most of the 10-year Scout Hall experience. One fall evening several months before we made an offer on the property, Paul walked to the property around 10:00 p.m. and knelt down by an old, old tree located in the vicinity of a shed located on this property, and he prayed fervently that God would make this property available to the needs of the GV Church. Shortly thereafter, the price began to drop because the executor’s wife died, and he was terminally ill with cancer, in the spring the price dropped below $80,000.00, we offered $54,000.00 which was accepted, and we began plans to build. We had amassed approximately $120,000.00 by this time, and building plans began to take shape.

Leon McDaniel, deacon, was given the responsibility for developing building plans and obtaining estimates. The cost was very high and the only affordable direction seemed to be a metal building that would have cost $175,000.00 if the members did the finish work in the basement. Leon had to move in 1987 because of a job phase-out and the elders took over the project. We soon learned of a retired contractor, Harold Ober from Saylorville, who met with the elders and assured us that he could give us a brick building of equal size with a finished basement at a cost of only $119,000.00, and the members would only do the painting and floor tile work. Paul, Jackie, Orrin and Marjory left G.V. that next Sunday evening immediately after worship and drove together to the Saylorville Baptist Church to review the work Harold Ober had done in the construction of this facility. Based on all these observations and discussions, it was agreed to present an alternative option to the congregation

The following Wednesday evening Paul stood before the congregation and announced that we had two bids on the building that would now be presented for a consensus decision by the congregation. He said: “We can choose an all-metal building with us doing all the basement finish work for $175,000.00, or we can choose to build an all brick building including a completely finished basement with us doing only the painting and floor tile work for $119,000.00. All in favor of the brick building please stand and sing, ‘Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!'” A stunned congregation rose as one and sang as they had never sung before, and the building project was enthusiastically launched.

We quickly obtained a building plan developed by architects Porter-Brierly and a building permit dated September 11,1987. The building took shape and was ready for work parties to do the painting and tile work by the first of February. The building was ready for occupancy the last of March. The building was complete with pews and other furnishings with only a $35,000.00 debt at 7%. Approximately $25,000.00 had been raised internally to supplement the savings of $120,000.00.