There was a big elders meeting in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday June 9.
Around 240 congregations, 2000+ elders were in attendance.
The Society wants to build a brand new Assembly Hall in Columbia, South Carolina, to handle the huge influx of Jehovah's Witnesses moving to the US Southeast from up North.
They expect to have it done in 34 months (finished by April 2010). Total cost estimated to be approximately $8 - 9 million.
They want to have the whole thing paid for by the time the building is done - no long term loans.
They "strongly suggested" that each of the 240 congregations commit to supporting "their share" of the expense. $8.5 million divided by 240 congregations divided by 34 months works out to over $1000 per month per congregation. Congregations are to pass out "financial surveys" to members, to see how much each congregation can come up with.
That's right. The super rich Watchtower Society, sitting on $Billions of real estate and other investments, expects Sister Frail and Brother Window Washer to finance their own building project.
Lots of folderol about "Jehovah's blessing" etc. etc. to wrap it up.