I wanted to bring everyone up to date on what’s been happening with our building project. Here’s a summary of where we were in October:
We are going to split the overall project into 3 phases. Let me share them in reverse order.
Phase 3: A new gym facility. We are going to put this phase on indefinite hold. This was the most expensive and time consuming part of the project. We believe with the money saved from placing this phase on hold (500k+) we can make improvements to our current property and facilities that may allow us to get to that 600-800 goal without spending the extra money. If we find later on it is still needed we’ll revisit it.
Phase 2: As soon as we can begin to build the new pre-school/nursery/lobby/
Phase 1: Do everything that doesn’t require county involvement ASAP. So, we are beginning ASAP, general improvements and expansions to our current facilities. With the money saved by holding on the new gym we can update and repair our kids building, add a better “facade” to our current building to match a new parking lot, make our current space even more portable and conducive to community use and our various functions, and finish our playground. The funding for this phase is already in hand and the speed at which these things get accomplished is only limited by the amount of volunteer help we can get for the non-contracted projects.
With this revised plan we believe we can accomplish 80% of the original plans goals at almost half the costs. It will still require increased giving and a little more creative use of our space but we believe it is good stewardship of what God is providing.
Here’s where we’re at today:
- The “playground” is well underway. The walking trail is in process with gravel being laid down, playsets have begun to arrive and will soon begin going up. Volleyball courts, an outside basketball court, and roof work on the pavilion are all in the pipeline. The plan is to have a “Grand Opening” in the spring and possibly host a 5k on the new trail!
- Renovations in the Children’s building. New H/AC has been put in and the old baptistry has been take out and new storage space has been added. We will be transferring much of our current sound and video equipment from the current building to the kids building soon. Painting is in process. Eventually, when the new addition is finished the nursery/pre-school areas will be transferred out of this building and the basement will be converted into High School/Jr. High space.
- Improvements to the current building are underway. We have begun to make the whole area more easily “clearable” and usable for big events. This has included redoing the front wall, adding a sound booth, going wireless with our sound and rewiring things. In progress are a stage that will fold up against the wall, new projectors (the old one will go ), a cry room that will broadcasts our services, nice portable basketball hoops, and mounting our speakers on the walls. All of this will give us more space for more people, make it more conducive for church and community events, and lessen our set-up and tear-down needs.
- Facade for current building. The outdoor courtyard has been 90% finished and starting next week a new facade will begin on the current building. Since we are going to be required to put in a new parking lot we thought we would make the front more appealing also. This will include painting the outside of the kids building and making it more clear which building is the “main church” building. We often hear people have driven by for a long time but think we’re just that “little old church”. The new facade should help end that confusion.
- New addition. The requirements for the county for some zoning issues should be finished by March which will allow us to begin moving quickly on the new addition. The new addition will contain a large lobby/gathering area, nursery and preschool space and also storage.
- You may also have noticed we didn’t have our kids program this year or do the “live Nativity” event we had talked about in late summer. That is because we realized in mid-fall that our building and property was going to be right in the middle of all this work during the Christmas season. Never fear! Next year we have big ideas on how to invite the community to our new property and facilities to share Christmas together!
A big thanks to Wade Williams, our Property/Project manager, for his work on being a good steward of our resources! God continues to give us pretty miraculous ways to further the project for less than we expected. When all is said in done we are looking at having no more than a $1 million mortgage with the Solomon Foundation (that includes what we already owed with the current and new property). That is a savings of $500,000-$600,000 over the original planned on project while still being able to accomplish our goal of getting to a point we can plant new healthy congregations!
So, that’s where we’re at. Never hesitate to ask questions or share ideas! We continue to ask for your prayers, generosity, and service. It’s exciting to be together in God’s family here at MPC!