UNDER THIS ROOF...
We worship and celebrate our faith together. We are inspired through reading of scripture, sermons, music, and participation in the sacraments.
We use our building weekly as shelter for homeless families and as a distribution point for food to those in need. We also host AA groups, Parent’s Day Out programs, Girl and Boy Scouts. and job training for developmentally disabled adults.
We enjoy our common life as we share in fellowship together. Children, youth and adults learn about the faith and Jesus and share their faith with others.
The roofing at Kingswood is nearing the end of its service life (19 – 50 yrs. old) and needs to be replaced. Asphalt roofing materials deteriorate over time and need to be replaced regularly.
Leaks in the roofing system have caused damage
Repairs have been performed in recent years to address major leakage issues, but a roof replacement is necessary
Kingswood building was built in 3 phases:
- –1968 Original Construction
- –1977 Activities Center / Classrooms / Bathrooms
- –1998 Perimeter Classrooms / Offices
The attic area of the perimeter classroom area functions as an air return plenum
The roof system design has allowed moisture to condensate on the underside of the roof causing significant damage.
Damaged underlayment must be replaced
Damage to roof plywood and trusses from leakage
•The price of the project depends on a variety of factors and the final scope of work
•Preliminary cost estimates from the Inspec report range from $700,000 to $850,000
•Long-term, it will be more cost effective to address the cause of the leaks and replace the roof rather than patching it as leaks occur
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have heard the church roof system has challenges. I want to know more. What is up with the roof?
The Trustees formed a Roof system Task Force so that a group could focus on the bigger picture of replacing the roof system (shingles, plywood, insulation, ventilation, gutters and soffits) and funding the project. Over a year ago, our Trustees hired a consultant to do a complete assessment of our roof after leaks continued to surface in several parts of our roof. The consultant report revealed bigger issues than had ever been understood before. In essence, all of our roofs need to be replaced (the sanctuary roof is in the best shape). In addition, issues with leaks and insulation in the attic have created some challenges that will require membrane and structure work in some places. The report was shared with Church Conference, Staff parish Relations Committee, Trustees, Finance, Endowment and the Vision Team. Over the past months, we have met again with the consultant and reviewed our questions and concerns.
I thought we fixed the roof with the Prepare the House campaign and with other efforts in the past five years. Did that not happen? Why is there now a bigger issue?
Indeed, money collected in Prepare the House went toward some repairs that addressed immediate issues. Since then, the trustees have done additional repairs to the roof and insulation from budget and capital expense accounts, and those repairs did help. In the fall we made $11,000 worth of repairs using the Capital Improvement Fund money. These repairs in various parts of the roof have worked and leaks have been reduced substantially, but we know that the whole system needs to be replaced.
What needs to be replaced? Do we need a new roof or can we just fix the problem areas?
Eventually all the roof systems need to be replaced. We cannot “just fix” a problem. We need to repair bigger source issues by replacing the system. We do not need to do it all at once. Our flat roofs and mid-section areas are primary, followed by the Activity Center and Education wrap-around wing. The sanctuary roof system is in fairly good shape, but it has two layers of shingles and will need to be replaced soon. The same is true for Manna House (the former parsonage/house west of the main building.)
How old is the roof system? The roof system varies in age from 19-50 years.
Do we have any idea what this project will cost? We have a preliminary estimate from the comprehensive roof system evaluation. The costs range from $700,000 to $850,000 based on a variety of factors. The actual cost could be less, but we do not have final costs yet.
Have we considered replacing the roof with a metal roof? We explored replacing the roof with a metal roof, but not only is the cost prohibitive, but there would be additional restrictions from the Village as it would be considered a new roof system.
When will construction be started and completed? We are hoping to begin in spring 2019 and construction will last approximately 3 months. The start and completion dates will be finalized after the Under the Roof campaign is finished.
When will the capital campaign start? The campaign will be held over four Sundays, kicking off on August 5 and concluding with a celebration service on August 26.
What happens if we don’t meet our campaign fundraising goal? The various components of the proposed project scope would have to be re-evaluated, prioritized, and matched to the available funding. We would also consider a long-term loan for completion if the Church Conference sees it necessary.
How long is the pledge commitment? We are asking everyone to consider making a three-year pledge beginning September 2018 through August 2021.
We don’t pledge annually, but we are regular contributors. We plan on contributing to the capital campaign as well. Do we need to submit a pledge card? The scope of the project will be impacted by the amount pledged and requires that we plan for various costs in advance, which is why we urge you to submit a pledge card to support the project.
Can donations be made directly from IRAs or 401Ks without taxes being deducted if you are over 70.5 years of age?
Yes, up to $100,000 per year may be donated directly from an IRA to a public charity such as Kingswood UMC. This amount is not included in taxable income when written directly to Kingswood UMC and will count toward the donor’s annual required minimum distribution (RMD). 401Ks will need to be rolled over into an IRA without tax before charitable donations can be made. (Always consult with a tax professional when planning your donation.)
Are there any other giving strategies to be considered that may have tax advantages?
Yes, you may choose to donate appreciated investments. With the stock market at historically high levels you can donate appreciated stock to the capital campaign, deduct the entire current market value of the stock and avoid capital gains taxes. Because of the new higher standard deduction in the newest tax law changes, some may find it advantageous to pay their entire pledge commitment in a single year rather than spreading it out over three years. There are other tax-advantaged strategies regarding property, etc., that you may want to explore in consultation with your tax professional.
What other significant capital projects are likely to be proposed in the future, and what is the likelihood that another capital campaign pledge request will be made again?
Though we cannot say for sure, the Trustees and church leadership have been diligent about addressing major building and facility concerns. We have created a Capital Replacement Reserve Fund, which is funded by surplus money at the end of the year, as well as a budget line item. We have replaced most of our HVAC units, rebuilt our parking lot, and now have received the gift of a newer organ as a donation. We realize our sound system and projection system may need to be replaced in the coming years, as well as a few remaining HVAC unit. We expect the reserve to cover these items.