I recently applied before the news of the shut down so I didn't get a chance to join this great community however I definitely understand where Ray is coming from as I had to shut down my server due to very similar reasons.
If someone decides to start a new server for this group I just wanted to let everyone know that I'd still love to be a part of it and am willing to participate in monthly donations to keep it alive. This seems like an amazing community and it would be great if someone with the time and dedication could keep it going.
I would start a new one myself, but as I said before I just don't have the time to manage it and just want to play. If anyone is interested though, there are a lot of great hosting services out there as I'm sure many of you are already aware. I used BeastNode to host a group of about 20 players for a few years. The cost was around $12 a month if I remember correctly and the server ran very well. I realize there are probably much more than 20 active on this server but I just wanted to share that.