Ground Breaking Ceremony, June 3rd
Different ministry groups from our church family represented our church members past, present and future. Check out the neat photos from this event posted in our Photos Galleries.
Outside view of progress on the new narthex (gathering space)...
Scope & Size of Project
Color Code & Descriptions
Yellow - New narthex, offices, ADA restrooms, mothers' room; air conditioning
Pink- Expanded fellowship hall, Organ-Keyboard-A/V bay, storage rooms
Green - Nursery, Board room, security entrance, renovated Sec's office
Preschool areas- security door, A/C, new flooring, renovated restrooms
Red - Refurbished altar area expanded for serving communion
History of Project
In his undeserved grace, the Savior has been blessing Bethany with a growing ministry, to the point where it's putting a strain on our existing facilities. Already beginning in the fall of 2015 with a series of congregational cottage meetings, Bethany began the work of identifying and ranking the needs of our ministry. In 2017 a Building Committee began working with the ideas and suggestions that had been gathered from the congregation. With a basic footprint in hand, the committee selected a general contractor and secured financing. In early 2018 a second round of cottage meetings invited members to critique and modify the developing plans. In fact, a number of significant ideas were received and worked into the plans that were being finalized.
March 18, 2018 was Pledge Sunday, when the congregation was asked to submit pledges of financial support. The pledges would determine the scope and size of the project, whether to build only Phase 1, to undertake Phases 1 & 2, or to construct all three phases simultaneously. Our goal was to recieve $150,000 over three years, which would fund the construction of all three phases. And the Savior surprised us with pledges that nearly doubled our goal!
At a May 2, 2018 congregational meeting, Bethany received the finalized footprint that itemized the various features of the project. The voters overwhelmingly authorized Bethany to sign the bid from CIR Group for a maximum cost of $852,000. A summary of the project's features is represented in the color-coded footprint posted above.