PHASE 3 UPDATES
September 18, 2020 Update
As the building continues coming together, this weekend you’ll start to notice some bigger changes. This week carpet went in throughout the lobby, the cross was fully installed, and the Jesus wall went in. We are looking forward to having this expanded space as a place where we can catch up and pray with each other. With plenty of open space, we can now meet each other in this warm and welcome area.
September 1, 2020 Update
We’re ready to open up the kids wing! We’ve been preparing a place for your kids all week long. The colors on our new signs really pop. We hope this brand-new area makes you feel welcomed. This week saw finishing touches like furniture and curtains and wall-hangings, as well as new directional signage. The newest additions you’ll notice this week are a brand-new nursery, new nursing moms room, and 2 new classrooms for our 5th & 6th graders. Praise the Lord!
September 4, 2020 Update
We’re in the final stretch for re-opening the kids wing! This week, flooring was installed and final painting began. We began putting furniture in place as well. We can’t wait to fill the rooms with your kids smiling faces! In the lobby, painting was completed as well. And—the cross was installed! Outside, lines were painted in the new parking area.
August 28, 2020 Update
Things are really coming together this week. Inside, cabinetry-work began in all of the new classrooms. Drop ceiling and lighting were also installed. Painting in the lobby began, on both the walls and the ceiling. Outside . . . about a third of the gravel parking lot was paved! We’re so excited to get more parking spaces available on pavement, and we know you are, too.
August 21, 2020 Update
Drywall finishing was completed this week. Next week, painting will begin! We are just a couple of weeks away from a more finished lobby area and opening up the kids wing. We’re excited for the extra fellowship space and discipleship opportunities.
August 14, 2020 Update
Major progress was made in the new classrooms, including drywall, HVAC, and fire suppression. Drop ceiling and lighting went into the kids rooms and hallways that are being remodeled. We’re in the home stretch for being able to open up the other half of the building!
August 7, 2020 Update
We finally opened up the space between the old and new lobby. The support beam in in place, and finishing will begin soon. This weekend you’ll be able to enjoy the wide open space. We’ll still have a bit of a staging area behind the curtains for the next few weeks as we continue to put the finishing touches on the lobby and complete the kids classrooms. This week, HVAC, electrical and plumbing work continued.
July 31, 2020 Update
This week, the wall separating our original lobby and the new lobby area has been removed! You can see from one entrance to the other now. A temporary wall frame is in place while we add a support beam in the opening. But, you can really get a better feel for how much more space we will soon have to fellowship.
Work continues to progress on the remodeling of the children’s wing as we prepare to open several more rooms. Some plumbing work began this week in order to add sinks to some of the new classrooms.
July 24, 2020 Update
Now that the new Worship Center is open, we’re entering into Phase 3. As you can see, construction on the two new children’s classrooms has begun, as well as structural support for the mezzanine intended above. These two classrooms are a great size, and will provide some flexible space for other events in the future. A temporary wall has been added in the lobby in preparation for removing the existing wall and adding a support beam. So, flow will look a little different for a week or two, but will really open up the lobby once it’s complete.
On the exterior, more curbs were poured in the gravel area as we prepare to have a portion of the lot paved. An additional handrail was added on the stairway leading up from the office side of the building.
PHASE 2 UPDATES
July 10, 2020 Update
This week’s update is mostly celebration! Lots of hard work and prayer went into preparing a place people to encounter Jesus. We were able to experience our very first gatherings in our new space. The best part was hearing your voices surround the room. Enjoy these photos of our new gathering space, filled with people of God.
July 3, 2020 Update
Here’s a quick praise update—We have occupancy! We passed our inspections for the new Worship Center and we’re ready to open the doors for you this Sunday. Come see everything for yourself!
June 26, 2020 Update
This is it! We’re about to enter our final week of preparation for you, before you all get to experience the brand-new worship center for yourself! We don’t want to spoil any of the surprises, SO—no pictures. Next Sunday, July 5 at 9 + 11am, you’ll get to see it all with your own eyes (whether you gather with us in person or online).
We just want to remind everyone, the rest of facility is still under construction. We’ll have things cleaned up and safe for foot traffic, but please know will still be lots of unfinished areas in our lobby and kids wing for a few more months, as we work complete those. These areas will be clearly marked and off-limits to traffic for safety.
June 19, 2020 Update
We’re putting finishing touches on the new worship center over the next couple of weeks, in preparation for you to join us in person on July 5! We can’t wait for you to see it with your own eyes. So… we’re not going to reveal any more photos until then.
While the new worship center will be ready for occupation, please know that that the lobby and kids wing are still undergoing renovations. You will be entering a construction zone in our former worship center area, as other ministry space is coming soon. These areas will be clearly marked and off-limits to traffic for safety.
June 12, 2020 Update
This week, the parking lot and drives were paved! We’re ready for increased traffic and excited to have more cars on pavement. The drive along Hickory Road was spruced up with landscaping and shrubs. Inside, the worship center is getting lots of finishing touches. The last remaining upstairs offices were demolished this week in order to provide more lobby space, and remodeling continued in the kids and new lobby areas.
June 5, 2020 Update
This week, we saw finishing touches continue in the new worship center, and lots of remodeling work in the new lobby and kids areas. This weekend will be the last time we livestream our worship gathering from the lobby area. We will be migrating our broadcast equipment to a new area for streaming and getting the lobby for reopening (because it’s a mess!). In some exciting news that makes opening the new worship center feel real and close—chairs have arrived! We want to thank everyone who came to help unload and set up these 1000+ chairs today. You are loved.
May 29, 2020 Update
We’re deep into remodeling the old offices and worship center into new kids classrooms and new lobby space. Right now, about any room NOT under construction has all of the stuff crammed in it from rooms that are! It’s a beautiful mess. Looking on the bright side of things, this season has allowed us to move faster on some of the messy parts of this project without having to get it cleaned up and safe for foot traffic every weekend. On the exterior, landscaping is continuing—including new mulch, backfilling around new curbs and adding rocks to one of the new water retention areas.
May 22, 2020 Update
We’ve got curb appeal . . . sorta. In preparation for expanding our upper parking lot along Hickory Road, curbs we’re poured for parking and the drive. There is going to be a lot more paved parking around the property very soon!
Demolition in several of the old offices began, as we plan to create more kid’s classrooms. About a third of the old worship center will become brand new kid’s classrooms, too. Soon, we’ll have a much larger kids wing.
In the new worship center, our brand new sound board and line array speakers were installed and tuned! It sounds amazing. We can’t wait to worship with you!
May 15, 2020 Update
Carpet was installed in the new worship center, and you can also see the finished sound dampening that was installed on the walls. In the former worship center, demolition has continued in preparation for creating a new lobby area and children’s classrooms.
May 8, 2020 Update
The walls are coming down! This week, we said goodby to the old worship center, as demolition began on the back walls and stage. BUT—This means our new entry vestibule now has access to what will become a much larger lobby area for fellowship! In the new worship center, flooring was installed on the stage, and sound dampening material is being installed on the walls around the room.
On the exterior, ACM panels were installed on the corner of the building, giving it a sharp new look. Our name is really going to stand out on that black paneling! Also around the exterior, more concrete sidewalks were poured, and irrigation installation began.
April 24, 2020 UPDATE
Lots of progress has been made this week for AV. Equipment install is coming along nicely in the broadcast room. Lighting and flooring have been installed in many of the storage spaces backstage. The raised seating in the worship center was painted this week as well.
On the exterior, nearly all of the concrete walkways and curbs have been poured, giving us lots of flexibility for access from all of the new parking that we’ll have.
April 17, 2020 UPDATE
Let there be (house) light! As you can see, the worship center now has house lighting! Backstage, carpet has gone in in the hallway and the broadcast room. Doors have been hung as well.
On the exterior, there’s been lots of excavation for the drives and parking. More concrete walkways and stairs have been poured to the new entry on the north side. AND—about 80 trees were planted this week, beautifying the property and perimeter!
April 3, 2020 UPDATE
The warmer weather is allowing for some progress on the outside of the building again. The masonry was completed on the exterior of the new worship center, and once the ACM panels go up on the corners, this won’t just look like a big ‘ole box anymore. In the back, preparations for concrete stairs and sidewalks were made. Inside, some of the concrete backstage got its shiny new epoxy finishing. And—AV and lighting equipment is beginning to arrive!
March 20, 2020 UPDATE
We’re in a phase right now where the progress isn’t quite . . . visual. There are a lot of things like electrical work and and HVAC and drywall finishing going on right now. One cool thing this week is that the doors that lead from our current lobby space into the new worship center were hung! Also, backstage, doors are beginning to go up as well. The new entry vestibule opposite our current entry is undergoing drywall finishing.
March 13, 2020 UPDATE
The concrete for the stage and raised seating area is complete! And because of that, we were able to finish enclosing the new worship center. No more hole in the side of the building! The loading bay doors were installed, too. This was a major completion point for us. Things will really start moving now. AV installation and finishing touches are just around the corner.
March 6, 2020 UPDATE
Spring is coming soon (hopefully), and while we are anxiously awaiting more green showing up on the ground . . . we got tired of seeing it on the building. This week, we began siding the new worship center, as well as replacing the siding on the peak of the existing worship center.
Inside, we began pouring the concrete in the raised seating area, as well as the stage and the ramp in the backstage hallway. Major HVAC work continued in the worship center as well.
February 21, 2020 UPDATE
This week, the foam blocks were cut and put in place for the stage. The next step will be pouring about 4 inches of concrete over that. The foam structure for the ramp in the backstage hallway was also set in place this week, awaiting concrete. Next up will be the foam blocks for the raised seating area and stairways. There is still a TON of drywall finishing to do before we continue painting the rest of the new worship center. But, it’s coming along quickly. Won’t be long before we start to see the rooms look more complete.
February 14, 2020 UPDATE
Painting has begun! You can see the stage and walls of of the worship center are getting their first coats of paint, as well as the “black-line” being painted in along the open ceiling. The walls for the new sound-booth were installed, one of the final steps needed before we begin pouring the raised seating area. Door frames were hung, including for the double-doors that will separate the lobby from the worship center, and all of the doorways backstage.
February 7, 2020 UPDATE Often, much of the work being done week-to-week is difficult to visualize—things like fire-suppression, electrical work, ductwork and HVAC—all in tight spaces. That said, the most visual progress made this week was the continuation of the raised seating and entry tunnels in the new worship center. We’re plugging away, week by week, and staying on track for a summertime opening.
January 31, 2020 UPDATE A lot more progress was made this week for the infrastructure of the raised seating in the new worship center. The storage rooms that will be housed underneath the seating started to take shape with walls going in to place. The entry “tunnels” from what will be the lobby into the new worship center are also more evident now. There will ultimately be two sets of doors in place, to better separate the sound between the two areas. Drywall finishing continued this week (there is a LOT of that to do still) and more stone was added to the exterior of the building.
January 24, 2020 UPDATE This week drywall finishing began. Preparation for the raised seating continued this week, and you can now see the walls of the rooms that will be underneath. Fire suppression and HVAC began in rooms backstage. On the exterior, re-roofing with steel over the existing worship center began.
January 17, 2020 UPDATE Wow, the drywall went up fast, and the interior of the new worship center is transforming right before our eyes. Along the back wall, cinder blocks are being installed in preparation for the raised seating. On the exterior, masonry has begun along the bottom portion of the walls, matching the stone on the new office wing. Also pictured is the second vestibule entrance that will be on the north side of the property.
January 10, 2020 UPDATE This week, the new Worship Center went from being quite the icebox to warm and toasty, thanks to insulation. As you can see, in the pictures, insulation was installed all around the perimeter. You can also see a new interior wall, creating a private hallway leading from the lobby to the backstage area. Drywall is stacked and ready to be hung next week. And, the team is hard at work going over details related to AV, making the best use of the new space.
January 3, 2020 UPDATE Walls are going up in the new worship center, specifically in the stage and backstage area. And… there is something that we here on staff are really excited about—storage! The new stage affords us an actual backstage, lots of lofted storage, and a loading bay.
December 20, 2019 UPDATE The doors are open! Come enjoy the newly carpeted lobby space and enter through the new vestibule, starting this weekend. Everything was installed just in time for all of our Christmas guests. Over in the new worship center, the walls between stage and backstage are going up. We’re already beginning to see this room take shape.
December 13, 2019 UPDATE Let there be light! The glass doors and windows on the new entry vestibule are nearly complete and our lobby is streaming with natural light. The temporary wall in the lobby is gone, gaining us access to more space to fellowship again. However, we’ve not put the finishing touches on it yet (ie. carpet and final paint) as that’ll come next week. Also, the bathroom trailer is also gone, which means . . . the new bathrooms are open (and they’re awesome)! We’re not even going to show you the interior, go see them for yourselves in person. 🙂
Please note, the new entry vestibule is not available to use quite yet, so please continue to use the doors at the children’s entrance and where the the bathroom trailer was.
December 6, 2019 UPDATE As you can see, the new worship center is almost entirely enclosed, allowing us to begin interior work over the winter months! This week, sidewalk was poured at the new entry (yay!) as we prepare to open it up in a couple of weeks. If you’ve been wondering what the lobby looks like on the other side of the temporary wall, you won’t have to wait much longer. We hope to regain occupancy in the next weekend or two, just in time for Christmas! Would you pray that everything goes according to plan so that we can open up lobby space and bathrooms for that high-guest weekend?
November 22, 2019 UPDATE The new front entrance vestibule is now fully enclosed and is being prepped for re-opening some of the original lobby back to us. This will make way for the brand-new bathrooms to become available to us in just a few weeks. See the video update for details. Now… we wouldn’t want to ruin your Christmas surprise, so we won’t be showing any photos of the bathroom interiors so that you can experience them for yourself when they open.
You’ll notice as you drive in this Sunday that the exterior structure is continuing to take shape. Framework has been going up quickly. This will hopefully allow us to enclose the new worship center soon so we can continue to work on the interior throughout the wintertime.
November 8, 2019 UPDATE Major headway was made this week on the new vestibule entry and the brand new bathrooms! We’re getting closer to enclosing the new front entry. Last week you saw that a temporary hallway was created to provide access to those new bathrooms. This week it was painted to better blend in to the existing worship center for the next several months. As you can see, drywalling has begun in the bathrooms. We’ll be saying goodbye to the trailer sooner than you know it.
November 1, 2019 UPDATE Take a glimpse at the progress of our coming worship center. We are building this space together and praying that it will be a house for more people in our community to meet Jesus, a place where we ascribe to Him the glory due His name, and where His glory changes our lives. May we be a church founded on the Word of God! 📖Check out this video! As you can see, the concrete in the worship center has been poured! This was a major milestone and makes the soon-to-be-finished facility feel all the more real. Also, a temporary hallway was constructed in the existing worship center as the crews begin working on connecting the brand-new bathrooms. We’re looking forward to those being open in the coming weeks!
October 25, 2019 UPDATE We are pretty pumped about pavement this week. You could say we’re awesomely amped about asphalt! The drive to the new parking lot has been paved, as well as the parking area along the new office wing. That is something to celebrate for sure! While the new entrance along Hickory Road has also been paved, we’re not quite ready to begin using it just yet. Stay tuned for when that becomes available.
October 18, 2019 UPDATE This week saw a lot of sitework around the property. As we prepare to pave portions of the new entrance and parking, final grading and leveling work was completed along the drive. Drainage was added to the upper gravel lot in preparation for the south exit to be paved next week. The large retention pond area also received final grading and hyrdoseed was applied just in time for winter. When the “permacloud” disappears, we should see some beautiful green grass growing around the pond! On the interior, the concrete slab was poured in the new bathrooms, and walls have already started going up. We’ll be able to use those new bathrooms sooner than you know it.
October 11, 2019 UPDATE This week, the roof on the new worship center was completed, and siding has begun. Plumbing and electrical rough-in work in the corridor has been completed. This is where the new bathrooms and entry to new worship center will be. The concrete slab for that area should be poured in the next few days.
October 4, 2019 UPDATE We had quite a wet week, but that certainly didn’t stop the construction crews! So much of the steel infrastructure went into place this week, and the roof is already being installed on the new worship center. In the new parking area, lots of sidewalks and curbs were poured. And—the curbs for the brand new Hickory Road entrance on the north side of the property was poured as well. Once that entry is complete, our Sunday morning flow is going to improve quite a bit!
September 27, 2019 UPDATE
The height and length of the new worship center will be super obvious this weekend, as many of the steel columns were put in place on the perimeter. You can also see the outline of the two new entrance vestibules on both sides of the lobby area. In the new parking lot, more sidewalks have been poured along and across some of the islands.
September 20, 2019 UPDATE
The steel for the new worship center is going up! As you can see, the existing worship center and the new one have just been connected. This is super exciting. You’ll be able to see the new worship center and entrances begin taking shape over these next few weeks. Also on the back of the building, the retaining walls were poured in preparation for the new stairs and ramps that will connect the parking lot to the one of the new entrances.
PHASE 2 UPDATES
September 13, 2019 UPDATE
Now that the office wing is officially opened, we’re entering Phase 2 of the Made For More facility expansion! This week, you can begin to see the new Worship Center take shape. In fact, a wall has been erected as provisions for the new bathrooms begin. Also, we’re happy to report that the sidewalk connecting the new parking lot to the kids entrance has finally been completed!
PHASE 1 UPDATES
August 30, 2019 UPDATE
We’ve officially moved in to the new staff offices! The inspection was Monday, and staff began migrating on Wednesday. AND—we didn’t waste a second. On Wednesday evening, our Women’s discipleship leaders held a training in the new classroom, and on Thursday evening, the new Perspectives class met there as well. In fact, Perspectives was so popular, we ran out of space! We are praising the Lord for the completion of the new office wing. Next, we’ll start preparing the former offices on the main floor for more Children’s Discipleship.
August 23, 2019 UPDATE
When you arrive at church this week, things are definitely going to look different! The demolition of the north end is complete. We’re now officially ready to get working on the new worship center! We’re really going to get moving fast now.
August 16, 2019 UPDATE
We’re hopefully only about a week away from occupancy of the new office wing! Office furniture was installed this week, inside the offices, as well as the interior open workspace. Also, the beautiful new reception desk was built. The entrance to the weekday offices will be so welcoming to our guests. This week will be all about the detail—making sure everything is in place, functional, and up to code. Would you be in prayer that all of the final inspections go well, so that we’re able to occupy and use this space as soon as possible?
Starting this weekend, there is a New Main Door (located in between the children’s entrance and the former main entrance). This is exciting, because it means we’re ready to begin demolition of the north side of the building next week, in preparation for the new Worship Center, new lobby and 2 new, larger vestibules! Say goodbye to that old stained roof! We’ve already begun pouring the concrete footings for the new Worship Center.
You may be wondering what that means for the bathrooms near the worship center. While new bathrooms are being constructed (anticipated occupancy is November), we’ve added some temporary executive bathrooms outside the new entrance. They are air conditioned and beautiful. …honestly, they’re nicer than the ones we’re replacing!
So, as you gather with us for worship this weekend through the new entrance, would you praise the Lord with us for His continued faithfulness throughout this facility expansion project. There’s more awaiting us!
August 9, 2019 UPDATE
A lot has progressed on the exterior this past week. All of the curbs were poured for the landscaped islands in the new parking lot. Also, the upper portion of the walking path from the parking to Children’s entrance was paved this week, with the second half scheduled to be paved next week! We tied into water main for fire suppression in the new office wing. You will notice when you arrive this weekend that we’ve begun the prep work for new temporary front entry. The current main entry will be closed by the weekend of Sunday, August 18 to begin demolition for the new worship center (more on that next week).
August 2, 2019 UPDATE
Continuing the “finishing touches” on the office wing interior this week, we made some major progress with the lighting and cabinetry installation. This shared workroom is going to be a huge blessing! The bathrooms are closer to completion as the stalls were hung, and toilets, sinks and fixtures were installed. We’re really excited for you to see the large classroom that will soon be available. During the workweek, this will be a space for large team meetings, but will be available for adult discipleship classes during evenings and weekends!
On the exterior, new sidewalks were poured along the office wing! This puts us one step closer to a completed parking and walkway area in the back. And, as you can see by the final photo, some major sitework and excavation was completed in preparation for the new Worship Center. Within the next few weeks, we’ll begin demolition and preparation for the brand new Worship Center.
JULY 26, 2019 UPDATE
We’re now in the “finishing touches” stage of the office wing, as we near our move-in date. This week saw the installation of carpeting in the primary work area, cabinetry in shared workroom, cabinetry in the kitchen area, glass on the individual offices, stalls in the bathrooms, and more lighting. The final coat of paint is going on the walls, and we should be getting set to move in furniture. On the exterior, sitework began in preparation for Phase 2—the new Worship Center!
JULY 19, 2019 UPDATE
There has been a lot of progress on the interior this week. The exposed areas of concrete were polished and sealed, carpet install began in the offices, and tile work was completed in the bathrooms. The framework for the office glass was installed, and cabinetry in the shared workroom began. Also, the drop-ceiling and lighting install is nearly complete. Finishing touches will continue, as we near our move-in in the next 4 weeks.
At the Congregational Meeting, Pastor Trent and Finance Committee Member, John Marshall, gave an update as to where we are with funding for the facility expansion, as well as the new project timeline and construction phases. We’re excited to announce, we will be starting the construction of the new Worship Center in the next few weeks!
JULY 12, 2019 UPDATE
We’ve got more parking space! This week, the gravel portion of our new parking lot became useable, and a gravel walking path to/from it was created to left of the children’s entrance. On the interior, electrical work continued. Also, the finishing work for the polished concrete is nearly complete. The concrete is being ground and final polishing will take place next week.
JULY 5, 2019 UPDATE
This week, final grading for the new parking lot continued, and the laying of gravel began there as well as on the new access road It’s not too long before the parking lot becomes useable on Sunday mornings! Inside, the concrete stairwells were poured, and the concrete floor was prepared for sealing. Drop-ceiling framework and lighting panels are beginning to be installed.
JUNE 28, 2019 UPDATE
On Sunday at our Fresh Encounter, we spent time covering the new office space in prayer, worship, and scriptures. Would you join us in praying over the ministry that will begin to take place here, and for Christ to be exalted over everything!
Later in the week, the walls and ceiling were painted and the exterior glass doors were hung. Out in the new parking area, more excavation and grading was needed before we can begin with the gravel and asphalt. But, you can really begin to what a blessing this new parking area will be to Sunday mornings!
JUNE 21, 2019 UPDATE
Praise the Lord! The rain held off enough this week for crews to be able to excavate and prepare for our new southern access road to the new parking lot, as well as expand the retention pond area. As of now, the new parking lot is at grade and gravel is expected to be spread on Monday, June 24. Light posts for the parking lot are being assembled as well. On the interior, the drywall finishing in the new office wing has wrapped up and painting should begin on Monday as well.
JUNE 14, 2019 UPDATE
In just a couple of weeks since our last update, much progress has been made! The drywall finishing is underway, and you can begin to see the offices take shape. Also, the exterior windows have gone in as well. We’re praying for good (read: not wet) weather over these next few weeks, as the rain has been causing some scheduling delays for our construction crews.
MAY 30, 2019 UPDATE
We are currently about a year-and-a-half into our three-year facility expansion project (launched March 2018). While some of the facility concepts you will see below have been modified a bit since we first launched the project, our vision remains the same: more room for more disciple-making. Right now, we’re nearing the completion of the office wing on the back of the existing worship center. Our projected occupancy of those offices is August 2019. Once the staff migrates into the new office wing, the offices in the main building will be converted into more classrooms for Children’s Ministry and other Sunday discipleship opportunities.
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