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Pole Barn Fundraiser

While there are many major repair and upgrades needed at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat, the highest priority is a proper place to work on maintenance projects and a secure place to store and to protect the camp’s equipment and tools. Without this, we are fighting a losing battle and are not being good stewards of what God has provided. Therefore, as a first step, we are asking for your support as we RAISE THE ROOF for a new pole barn. I hope this will be just the beginning of improvements for this sacred camp that so many of us love and call our happy place.

Today’s Reality

  • 40+-year-old storage barn
  • With holes in the roof
  • That is rotting away
  • Tools, equipment and supplies exposed outdoor elements and not secured.

 

The Solution

Build a new Pole Barn!

Pay for it as we go (build exterior, then add flooring, interior walls and electric as financially supported)

For illustration purposes only. Not actual plans.

FUNDRAISING GOAL

$20,000 (24’x36′ barn) – $35,000 (36’x48′ barn)

IMMEDIATE GOAL (by July 15)

$11,177 – $21,600

Why the rush? What size barn will we build?

 

WHY NOW?

For three weeks this summer Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is privileged to host a group of NOMADS.  These men and women are a part of a ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides volunteer labor for United Methodist organizations. IF we can raise the funds needed to purchase the materials for this project the Nomads will RAISE THE ROOF. This volunteer labor will save us thousands of dollars and allow us to have our roof raised in time for winter storage.

 

Cost for a 24’ x 36’ Pole Barn = $20,000 total

Immediate need: $11,177 in 2 months.

CAN WE DO IT? Yes, with your help!

 

BUT WAIT, at opening weekend we were challenged that a 24′ x 36′ pole barn wasn’t big enough.  We were encouraged to reach for a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) to raise the roof (literally 2 feet higher) and build a 36′ x 48′ Pole Barn. This will provide sufficient space for storage of equipment and allow for indoor work space.

 

COST FOR A BHAG 36’x48’ POLE BARN

Which means $35,000 total for a bigger barn, and a two-month goal of $21,600!

CAN WE DO IT?

GIVE NOW

 

Here is the deal:

We believe a Pole Barn at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat is needed but this can only happen with your help.  Are you willing to sacrifice for your sacred place? The Pole Barn will only be built if we can raise the funds. And the size of the barn will be determined on July 15 based on the funds raised.  If we have $11,117 we will build a 24′ x 36′ but if we raise $21,600 we will RAISE THE ROOF and build the BHAG pole barn at 36′ x 48′.

It’s up to YOU!

ESTIMATED COST OF PROJECT

24′ x 32′ 36′ x 48′
Pole Barn Exterior $7,577* $18,000*
Interior Walls, material $1,625  $ 4,000
Concert Floor, 4-inch thick $3,200 $5,500
Electrical (estimate only) $4,000 $4,000
Promotional Material for  fund campaign $400* $400*
Permit $200* $200*
Tree Removal, Excavating, Misc. $3,000* $3,000*
Labor   FREE   FREE
TOTAL NEEDED FOR PROJECT $20,000 $35,000

        

*Funds needed by July 15 to start project

 

YOU CAN HELP!

PRAYERS

Pray that God will work all things together for good so that this and future generations can enjoy Christian fellowship at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

  • Use your passion for Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat to drum up more support for this fundraiser and for a steady stream of RV campers and youth campers all summer long.
  • Like our Facebook page.
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Share our posts and invite others to be a part of this amazing ministry.

 

SUPPORT

Give generously. If you are part of a group, have a pre-season camp meeting and collect donations toward our BHAG. Send them in by the end of June so we reach our goal by July 15.

  • Can 216 families give $100?
  • Can 100 families give $216?
  • Can 21 groups give $1,000?

 

Checks

Make donations payable to:

Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat (note Pole Barn in the memo line)

5807 Ridge Road

Pentwater, MI 49449

 

Credit card

To give using your credit card, call the camp office at 231-869-5627.

 

Online

GIVE NOW

Use the line: Lake Michigan gifts for capital projects.

 

THANK YOU!

Your prayers, encouragement and financial gifts make it possible to grow the camp and retreat ministry at Lake Michigan! Thank you!