PROPOSED BUILDING PROJECT - 2018

 

Grace Bible Church then and now

In 1934, a group of people began meeting every Saturday night for prayer and Bible Study. As opportunities to minister grew, they began meeting in an empty store front on Main Street. Eventually, a new building was dedicated for worship to the LORD, originally with the name of Grace Gospel Tabernacle.  As the LORD has blessed and prospered His people here, in 1999 we moved to our current location. The 1999 plans included various Phases for future developments including an expanded Children's wing (completed in 2002), a larger Worship Center, Welcome Center, Fireside Room, Office and Youth Room (completed in 2004). In 2009, the Upper Room was built to accommodate the growing Junior High ministry.  But as in 1934 and along the way, the LORD has continued to provide opportunities for us to minister beyond what the building can cope with.  After much prayer and discussion, the elders feel that the time has come to consider proceeding with the next/last Phase of the plans.

We hope you will read the FAQs below and prayerfully consider whether you would be willing to support this project.  It would help us a lot if you completed the survey (click on this link).  As always, the leadership of Grace Bible Church covets your prayers for wisdom and direction from the LORD as we seek His will, His glory and His timing in all our lives.

FAQs

WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED?

  • The main pieces of the proposed building expansion are a much larger multi-use activity center, additional restrooms and storage space, and a junior-high room on the upper level.  Also planned is a renovation of the existing activity center into a 300+ seat chapel.

HOW MUCH PLANNING HAS BEEN DONE SO FAR?

  • The proposed expansion is in keeping with the long-range building plan set forth nearly twenty years ago. We’ve engaged an architect and a general contractor over the past six months to verify feasibility of the project and prepare cost estimates, but have not finalized the floorplans.

WHAT IS THE TIMESCALE?

  • If the elders decide to move forward, architectural plans would commence almost immediately with a goal of breaking ground some time in the spring of 2018.  GBC has a no-debt policy, so we will only build in accordance with the funds coming in to cover the costs.  However, we potentially see it being finished by 2020.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

  • Total cost is estimated at around $4 million.  The church has just over $1 million already available to kickstart the project.

WHY DO WE NEED A CHAPEL?

  • We have many functions and requested events that are too big for any of the classroom spaces, but too small for the Worship Center and for which the Activity Center isn’t suitable.  Some examples include:  weddings, funerals, conferences and college ministry.

WHY DO WE NEED A BIGGER ACTIVITY CENTER AND A SECOND KITCHEN?

  • The current activity center is the most highly used room in the building. A larger activity center with a divider will enable more ministries to use the space at the same time.  Another big  reason is wanting to make the churchwide fellowship meals a more regular feature, as we do at the church picnic and Global Outreach Conference.  The existing kitchen would be located  on the opposite end of the building from the new activity center, making it impractical for use with events in the new facility.

WHY DO WE NEED A NEW JUNIOR HIGH SPACE?

  • The current junior high room is not handicap-accessible.  Accessibility is important to minister to all members of our body.  Also, locating the junior high room in close proximity to the high school ministry facilitates joint activities.

WHY DO WE NEED THIS NOW?

  • We have immediate needs for ADA compliance of the junior high room, restroom capacity and storage space.  The building expansion also meets current and future opportunities for  children, youth, college and counseling ministries that are limited by existing facilities.  Additionally, construction costs rise over time, so waiting will only result in higher costs; and we have funds in reserve now that can be used to get the project started to avoid these increases.

WHAT WOULD BE BUILT FIRST?

  • The first phase would be the foundation and shell of the new construction.  Then the interior spaces would be finished, as funds become available.  Once the new activity center is approved for occupancy, work could begin on converting the existing activity center into a 300+ seat chapel, similar in quality to the Worship Center.

WHY NOT JUST BUILD A NEW CHAPEL?

  • If we build a new activity center, the existing activity center will be redundant. Preliminary design study showed how the existing activity center could be renovated into a meeting space of comparable quality to the Worship Center, with 300+ capacity.  Seating in the chapel would be movable, comfortable chairs, allowing flexibility for different types of functions.

WHAT FEEDBACK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FROM THE CONGREGATION?

  • The elders would like to know if you support the overall scope of the project, and if you are willing to give financially towards it over and above your normal giving. We are not looking for input on details such as carpet or paint colors, etc.  There will be opportunity for that kind of input IF the elders approve the project and we enter into more detailed planning.

HOW CAN I BE PART OF THE CONSULATION PROCESS?

  • The expansion would be ministry driven.  So you need to get with the leader of whichever ministry you serve in.  That person will present all the related requests to the building committee.

WHAT OTHER HELP WILL BE NEEDED?

  • The most important need is prayer for God's guidance and wisdom.  The main material need is financial, but we can help mitigate those costs by having volunteers help clean up during construction, provide drinks and meals to workers, etc.  This is a great opportunity to witness to the workers and the community, as well.

IS THE PLAN FINALIZED?

  • No. The proposed expansion is in keeping with the long-range building plans set forth nearly twenty years ago and we have engaged an architect and general contractor over the past six months to verify feasibility of the project and prepare cost estimates; but the plans presented are preliminary and have not yet been approved by the elders.  Further, the specific design of the interior awaits further feedback from various ministries about the best way to meet ministry needs.  We are still in the early planning stage and there is much work left to do, if the elders should decide to move forward with the project.

WILL THE BUILDING EXPANSION INCREASE THE CHURCH'S OPERATING BUDGET?

  • Once construction is complete, we will likely need an additional custodial staff member. Utilities will also increase marginally.  The overall impact on the church's operational budget is anticipated to be about 2% increase.

If you are interested in seeing the higher resolution versions of the slideshow pictures, click on the following links:

  1. First Floor
  2. Second Floor
  3. Chapel/Multi-Purpose Room
  4. Side
  5. West Facade


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