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:
- 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!
MadeNew Income May-December 2017 $391,014
January 2018 $17,095
February 2018 $48,487
March 2018 $14,870
April 2018 $27,980
May 2018 $11,400
MadeNew Grand Total
Received to Date $510,846
Renovation and Repair Update
- The Elder Board approved an expenditure of $5,000 for an architect's rendering* of what the renovated sanctuary might look like wth theater seating, an extended speakers platform area and new audio and video technology. A new nursery behind the overflow seating are will make it possible for new mom's and nursing mothers to enjoy the service privately and discreetly. A floor plan of the enlarged men's and women's restrooms (disabled/abled) will also be provided.
We are also getting a rendering* of what the covered outdoor mall area between the sanctuary and C.E. Building might look like with a new Welcome Center around the outside of the east corner of our C.E. Building and a new Resource Center entrance into the current library from the alley way. *These sketches should be available late July!
These additional renovations and upgrades depend on the faithful completion of all who have made 3-year Faith Commitments. Additional 2-year commitments will insure that these proposed upgrades can actually happen. If possible, we would like to do some of these cosmetic changes concurrently with the installation of our HVAC system with Mark III which is almost ready to go to the City for permits.
Above all pray that God will direct all our efforts for His glory as MadeNew becomes a reality!
God is so good!
Honoring A Legacy
In 1903, our predecessors worshipped in a 720 squarefoot building. In 1905, they replaced it with a larger building. In 1920, First Baptist took a radical step forward in size and scope by building a church facility that was exceptional in both form and function. This is the same space where we now worship — nearly 100years later.
Our church continues today, as a source of local gospel presence and of global gospel proclamation, providing evidence that God abundantly blessed the vision of those who came before us; undoubtedly more than they could have imagined. Now we, their blessed beneficiaries, are the generation called upon to carry on their legacy. They sacrificed and found God faithful to supply the need. They believed and God exceeded their hope-filled expectations.
Will our commitment honor theirs? Will we also trust God to supply our need and do through us far more than we could ask or imagine?