Newsletter July 2022

Activity Shopping List

Supplies have been provided for this week long event, including Crazy Kids Concoctions and the #LoveLockland Street Party.  Tangible answers to prayer.

  • Thank you Faith Bible Church for all the supplies and staff help you are providing!  Visit their website here!
  • Thank you New Life Church for all of the staff help you are providing!  Visit their website here!.
  • 500 bottles of water have been donated by the Village of Lockland.  Thank You!
  • Preston Charles Funeral Home (visit their site here) has donated funds that will cover the cost of hotdogs and buns!  Thank You!
    • 300 hotdog buns
    • 300 Hebrew National Kosher All Beef Hotdogs

 

 

Update on Making a Home for the Metanoia Center

It is our pleasure to provide you with this ministry update.  We recently completed our third year of after-school programs, with an average of 25 children meeting weekly, at the Center, for games, crafts, and bible lessons. Every Sunday afternoon we offer English as a Second Language (to non-English speaking immigrants mostly from West Africa). We are continuing to assess the needs of at-risk youth in the neighborhood and their families to determine how we can best serve them through the programs that we offer. While teaching, tutoring, and mentoring we have continued in our efforts to renovate our two-story building at 113 N. Wayne Avenue, which will become the Home of the Metanoia Center. Plans and projects are continuing to give birth to the medical clinic and laundromat at 115 N. Wayne Avenue.

Our projects, at 113 N. Wayne, have been divided into two phases – Phase 1 the bottom floor which will be the Home of the Metanoia Center, and Phase 2, the two apartments above, that, once renovated, will provide the revenue needed to cover the operational expenses of the Metanoia Center.

It was estimated, in 2021, that each phase would cost about $150,000 to complete.   At this time, for Phase 1, we have received $120,000 in donations from churches, individuals, and grants.   We are currently working through a current estimate provided to us by a general contractor.   The first estimate came in at $204,000.  We met with the general contractor and our architect to discuss how we might reduce the estimated expenses.  A week later he replied with a revised estimate of $182,838.  We realize that we are short of funds by about $62,000.   And with costs increasing weekly, both labor and materials, it’s recommended that we look at finding an additional $80,000 to cover the increases and any contingencies to complete Phase 1.

The increase in costs, both labor and materials, since 2021 has been the primary driver between the original estimate of Phase 1 and the reality of today’s estimate.  Our general contractor and architect have also advised us that the longer we wait, the higher costs are likely to go.  Our greatest need and urgency are to enable the Center to begin offering our full course of curriculum in a safe and inviting space, by the fall of 2022. Our full course of curriculum will include After School Programs, English as a Second Language (ESL), one-on-one and small class computer training, Faith & Finances, Work Life, a partnership with Lockland City Schools for targeted tutoring for the most academically challenged students, and parenting classes. We are seeking favor and funding from ministry partners, churches, organizations, and individuals to meet these needs in a timely manner.

With this update we are also asking that you prayerfully consider how you would like to contribute to meeting the immediate need to complete Phase 1.  As always, donations can be made online at www.metanoiacenter.net/donate.php or by postal mail to Metanoia Center, Business Office, 316 Home Ave, Lockland, OH, 45215.   The Center is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3, thus, all donations can be considered for tax exemption.  Thank you for praying for us, the Center and being a huge part of what God is doing at the corner of Wayne and Walnut!

Signup for the Kroger Community Rewards Program and designate the Metanoia Center as your Rewards Card community organization where a portion of your eligible Kroger purchases will be provided to the Metanoia Center.   There is no cost to you for this program!  Read more about it here!

 

Serving With You Because of Him!

Jim and Phyllis
Galatians 2:20

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About Us: Jim and Phyllis are faith-based independent missionaries commissioned by Faith Bible Church, Cincinnati, Ohio serving with the Metanoia Center. Donations to their ministry may be made through the Metanoia Center, Business Office, 316 Home Ave., Lockland, OH, 45215 or online by visiting https://www.metanoiacenter.net/donate.php. If sent by postal mail, please include a note with your donation indicating your desire to direct it to Jim and Phyllis Null’s Ministry Area.  The Metanoia Center is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 organization, thus your donation is eligible to be considered for tax exemption – please consult with your tax professional for details.

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