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.

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.

 

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?


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!