Sunday, August 28, 2016

Organizational meeting for Baptist Build 2017 - Letter from Rick Beech

Hello Baptist Build Churches,

We had a very good debrief and planning meeting on August 31, 2016. Thank you to everyone who participated. The below is a summary of our meeting. 

We celebrated a successful Baptist Build 2016 project. Highlights were the joy of working with the partner families and growing the community between the churches. We celebrated raising $59,912 and volunteers contributing 2,423 hours of work.  We enjoyed the kick off worship, the youth and clergy/church staff work days. 

We set the goal of fully underwriting the $65,000 cost of the materials on a home and increasing the amount of volunteers to work on the home each Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the build from January 14-March 17

The next step is for each church to put Baptist Build 2017 in their 2017 budget. As suggested in the past, larger churches were asked to provide $6,500. Mid sized churches were asked to provide $3,000-$5,000. Smaller churches were asked to to set a goal of providing $100 or $200 per month ($1,200-$2,400 per year) toward the project.  If churches can keep me updated on their plans, I will keep everyone posted on the general status of our fundraising efforts.

We also discussed the importance of each church designating a volunteer coordinator. Coordinators are responsible for notifying Christin Murphy at of their desired work dates and then encouraging their church's volunteers to register for those days via

Churches were asked to add the following dates to the church's 2017 ministry calendar and promote these dates widely in the church:
  • Saturday, January 14: Wall-Building at 7:30 AM at Habitat Wake construction facility, 2615 Westinghouse Blvd., Raleigh 
  • Saturday, January 14: Wall-Raising Ceremony at 11:45 AM, 5548 Neuse View Drive, Raleigh
  • Sunday, January 15 Baptist Build Kick-Off Worship & Mass Choir at 2:30 PM at The Fountain of Raleigh, 9621 Six Forks Road
  • Monday, January 16: Youth & College Work Day at 8:15 AM5548 Neuse View Drive, Raleigh
  • Saturday, February 18: Young Adult Work Day at at 8:15 AM5548 Neuse View Drive, Raleigh
  • Thursday, February 23: Clergy/Church Staff Work Morning from 8:15 AM- 12 noon, 5548 Neuse View Drive, Raleigh 
  • Saturday, February 25:  Women Build Day at 8:15 AM5548 Neuse View Drive, Raleigh 
  • Saturday, March 11Choir Work Day at 8:15 AM, 5548 Neuse View Drive, Raleigh  
Everyone was encouraged to keep informed about the project through the Baptist Build Blog  Attached is the sponsor packet which was reviewed at the meeting.

With enormous gratitude,

Rick Beech