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The Problem

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The Mill Church is a tenant at the Mid-Towne Building, which the bank has been trying to sell for several years.

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The future of our Mid-Towne parking is also uncertain, as Provision Partners intends to use the dirt lot across 3rd Ave. for new construction.

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Currently, the Mid-Towne Building houses our offices, our summer services, and all mid-week activity. Should it be sold, it’s possible that we would need to relocate nearly immediately.

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While Edgar schools has a beautiful auditorium that is more conducive to corporate worship, we do not feel that the Stratford Elementary Gymnasium, while temporarily helpful, is our permanent home.

The Solution

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We have 10 paid-for acres on State Hwy 97. By God’s grace, a bank doesn’t have the title—we do. 

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It’s right beside a frequented ice cream shop.

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It’s in a great location.

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There will be more room for kids, students, and adults. 

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It’s on a key travel route to/from Wausau, Marshfield, and smaller communities.  

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It’s easy to find.

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Unique Building Features

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High-efficiency garage doors will be opened during nice weather to blur the indoor/outdoor divide. 

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The facility will feature indoor all-season playplace & playard for year-round recreation. 

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There’s a huge commons area—we all know how much our church family likes to talk.

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A snowmobile trail runs across the back of our church property.   When trails are open, snowmobilers can travel to church on a sled.

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Rock elm beams from a 100 year-old barn in Edgar will be featured prominently. These trees were seedlings as early as the 1600s ... when the English settled Jamestown!  

Take a look

Phase 1 Floor Plan

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FAQs

What is BOLD?

BOLD is a 2-year generosity initiative that will fund a NEW BUILDING for the long-range purposes of planting NEW CHURCHES and sending NEW LEADERS. The initiative will take on a “ONE Fund” approach.

What’s a ONE Fund?

ONE Fund is a new-school approach to raising funds that more effectively equips and unites The Mill Church to accomplish who Jesus has called us to be both today and tomorrow. It does not distinguish between a general fund and building fund like traditional campaigns. With a BOLD, God-sized goalof $1.5 million in 2 years, every dollar given will fund every aspect of the ministry vision to which God is calling. One church = ONE Fund.

What are you asking me to do (& for how long)?

We are asking you to pray and seek God for how he wants you to respond. Prepare your heart to hear him, and then listen to what He says. Talk with your spouse and family about what this commitment will mean for this next season. Respond to the generosity of the Gospel by giving freely and generously in order to plant new churches with new leaders via a new building. The public phase for BOLD will last approximately two years.
The fulfillment period for your commitment will begin on Sunday, October 29, 2017 and it will culminate on December 31, 2019.

Why should I participate if I attend another location?

A great, fair question. Because this is bigger than brick and mortar. This is about one vision to reach Central Wisconsin by planting NEW CHURCHES and sending NEW LEADERS—not just now, but for generations to come. Participation will move the mission of Jesus forward.

Are we planting new churches during this two-year initiative? 

No. However, a NEW BUILDING will enable us—long-term—to more effectively raise up NEW LEADERS and plant NEW CHURCHES.

What are we building?

The Mill Church & Community Center—a 15,000 sq. ft. facility with generous worship space, classrooms, a year-round play area, a kitchen, a large commons area, small offices, and more.

When will construction begin and how long will it take?

If sufficient financial commitments are made toward the project, Phase 1 construction will begin sometime in the Spring of 2019 and will take 8 months to complete. Phase 2—a sanctuary & expanded commons­—will be pursued, in sequence, if financial commitments permit and if not at a
later time. 

What is unique about the design?

It’s multi-purpose and thus, stretches our dollars! The worship space becomes a recreational center for students during the week. Classrooms morph into a daycare. Conceptually, the parking lot should be occupied seven days/week, not only on Sundays. You’ll see rock elm beams from trees that began growing about the time the English settled in Jamestown. High-efficiency garage doors will open during nice weather, blurring the indoor-outdoor divide. You’re going to love it!

Will we accept commitments following the deadline?

Yes, but a public end-date will be helpful.

What if faithful, extravagant giving isn’t possible for me?

Even in times of scarcity, God wants our hearts. The widow who gave her last mite didn’t make a big financial contribution, but Jesus said she gave the largest gift of all. BOLD is about 100% of us coming together, being generous with what we have , and trusting God to do the rest.

Can we afford this?

We can if our initiative succeeds. The goal of $1.5 million (+ $1 million from community-minded individuals) will leave us with manageable debt. With a daycare lease in place, we’ll have the equivalent of an $830/mo. household mortgage on the equivalent of a $50k household income. While we have operated a debt-free budget for nearly our entire history, we believe debt—so long as you are not enslaved by it—is Biblically permitted for
a season.

What if enough funds aren’t raised?

If we think, “I wonder who’s going to pay for this?,” our efforts will die on the vine. BOLD requires 100% participation in generous giving (plus a miracle or two along the way). Thankfully, miracles aren’t our responsibility. We just need to be faithful with what’s given.

What ways can I give to BOLD?

Be creative as you explore ways to participate. Don’t overlook stored assets that you own. Gifts of appreciated property (stocks, real estate, mutual funds, jewelry, antiques, etc.) often make great gifts with significant tax advantages. Please consult with a professional advisor regarding your abilities. If you need assistance with making a gift of property or stock, we would be delighted to help! Contact Al Michalski, our church treasurer, for assistance. Others will cancel cable, ditch a smart-phone plan, or forgo a few caramel macchiatos. Some families may sell a vehicle or rent a smaller apartment to be able to give generously for the progress of the Gospel. Find ways to involve the entire family. Use this season as an opportunity to teach children to be BOLD for Jesus.

Will The Mill Church change if/when we grow larger?

For the better? We sure hope so. On the other hand, what we love about The Mill will not change. Our focus on community will not change. Our desire to passionately know Jesus Christ will not change. Our strategy of NEW CHURCHES and NEW LEADERS will only accelerate.