Old Church, Young Heart


For 116 years, First Baptist has been devoted to growing an internally healthy and externally focused church that makes disciples of Jesus.

Our sanctuary building is 97 years old. It has been the hub of our church’s life and mission, and it is still an indispensable resource, but any building of that age requires considerable maintenance. Unfortunately, for several decades and for a host of reasons, maintenance has been continually deferred. Now we are faced with failing infrastructure systems, critically needed repairs, and basic updating.

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Rebuild, Repair, Renew


Today our vital infrastructure, specifically the electrical and the heating and cooling systems, is antiquated and failing. In fact, our HVAC system has long outlived its life cycle, and could catastrophically fail at any time. 


Critical repairs and renovations are also needed in the following areas: stained glass restoration and protection, seating, bathrooms, rain gutters, bell tower, exterior doors, and lighting. Plaster, paint, flooring, and lighting have significantly deteriorated, as the last time these were addressed was the early 1980s.

Add to these, the need for renewal of our staging, stage lighting, sound and video equipment, and the baptistery.


May 2018 Update:

Campaign Commitments

  • 1.2-1.5 Million Dollars (May 2017- May 2020)
  • Total number of Faith Commitments received for 3-year period = 100
  • Faith commitments can still be made! Instead of a 3-year faith commitment, it would be a 2- year commitment. Pick up a commitment card at the Welcome Center or Ministry Center, complete and place in the Sunday morning offering. You may also make an "Over and Above" Faith Commitment right here in the app!


Financial Facts

Made New Income May-December 2017    $391,014


Made New Income January-December 2018  $315,317


January 2019       $13,140

February 2019     $32,479

March 2019         $17,825

April 2019            $15,740    

May 2019            $11,540
June 2019           $13,540


Made New Grand Total

Received to Date    $811,372



Average Worship Attendance         200

Average Total on Campus (TOC)   256

General Fund Offering             $68,462

General Fund Budget              $58,712

Made New                                $13,540

Benevolent Offering                      $768

UPDATE 06.30.19 


  • ¨ The architect’s renderings of the renovated Sanctuary, new cry room, enlarged restrooms and outdoor courtyard/plaza are available for your viewing in the lobby TODAY.  The updated worship center, bathrooms, cry rooms and outside plaza schematics are at the City for plan check.  The Elders approved a proposal from the architect regarding the new men’s and women’s bathrooms in the Social Hall.
  • ¨ Mark III, who is working with us in designing and building our new HVAC system has received the approval of the City for the project and the Elders have approved and signed the contract with Mark III to begin installation.  You will be seeing construction very soon.
  • ¨ The outdoor Courtyard/plaza area plans between the Sanctuary & CE Building are also at the City for plan check.  This area will feature a new welcome center, canopy covering and access to the resource center in the current C.E. Building. 
  • ¨ The proposed expanded and handicapped accessible restrooms and cry room are also at the City for plan check and will be the first project to be worked on when approved.  Once approved, the project will go out for bids. 
  • ¨ Plans for the new outdoor patio and expanded kitchen area on the east side of the Youth Building that borders the green, across from the playground have  been approved by the City.  Construction is to begin as soon as electrical and plumbing improvements are made.
  • ¨ The Made New Dream Team, composed of Ed Smith, Jeff Kreiter, Rob Ferreira, Pastor Brian, Bethany Hanke and Tamera Dodson held heir first meeting on June 20, 2019.  Rob Ferreira is the chairman and Bethany Hanke will serve as secretary.  They are now researching the best sound and tech company to design and build our new sound, video, lighting and shading systems.    



FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!!           


The MadeNew Initiative

We have created a plan that will, over a 3-year time span (beginning in 2017), address all of the needed renovations, in order to ensure that the sanctuary is not just a cherished treasure, but an effective tool for the church’s mission. 

The overall costs for the necessary renovations will be about 1.2-1.5 million dollars. The plan is to launch the initiative with a 21-Day Prayer Focus: seeking God’s leading, learning to trust Him more deeply to supply our need, and investing sacrificially so that others can be a part of the gospel community God has made at First Baptist.

The 21-Day Prayer Focus will culminate with each family pledging to financially support the MadeNew initiative in whatever way God has led them. We are simply trusting that as God makes us new as His people, He will supply our financial need, and we will see our historic sanctuary made new as well.

What Can I Do?

The MadeNew initiative is much more than a fundraising effort. It is designed to be a spiritual journey — a faith-stretching experience with God. At no time will anyone ask how much you will be willing to give. So what can you do to participate?

Simply this:

  • Will you earnestly pray for God’s direction concerning your role in the MadeNew initiative?
  • Will you ask God to show you what it would look like for you to make a financial faith decision to see more families reached for Christ through First Baptist?
  • Will you boldly obey however God directs you?

Want to help support the MadeNew Initiative?

So that your finaincial support goes towards this initiative, select "Made New Initiative" from the drop down list on the next page. Thanks for your generosity!