Thanks to all of you who were able to attend our recent TBC Quarterly Business Meeting to hear about the Construction & Renovation Committee’s recommendations for next steps in realizing our God-Sized Vision.  For those of you who were unable to attend this meeting, the Committee will continue to make every effort to keep you updated in the weeks ahead regarding plans to move forward with prioritized renovations to our existing space.  Once we obtain updated drawings, announcements for small group meetings will be sent out.  We hope that most of the congregation will be engaged in those sessions to stay informed and to have questions you may have answered.

The committee has purposefully taken thoughtful and purposeful steps in evaluating the current needs of our church ministries and maximizing use of our current space.  Work completed over the past several months includes:

  • An updated analysis of space utilization for both current needs and continued growth was completed and reviewed.
  • The Committee obtained costs for several concepts that would help reduce the overall costs of our construction and renovation efforts.
  • An evaluation of total funds expected to be raised based on current campaign commitments was completed.
  • Based on anticipated available funds and use of existing space, a prioritization of functional changes that support our Vision is in process.

Based on that work and your input, the Construction & Renovation Committee is recommending the following changes begin in 2016, beginning soon with the replacement of the church’s air conditioning system for the sanctuary, the replacement of the roof of the Williams Building, and the demolition of the two row houses.  (Note:  Using the God-Sized Vision funds to replace the church’s air conditioning system for the sanctuary assumes a positive approval vote by the congregation on 5/8/16.)

While these efforts are completed, the Committee will finalize details for additional items on the list of recommended changes, including:

  • Create a Gathering Area on the Sanctuary Level
  • Build a New Elevator Tower, Including New Step Tower
  • Create a New Childcare/Church Entrance (After Demolition of the Row Houses)
  • Make Physical Appearance Improvements to the Williams Building 1st & 2nd Floor
  • Make Physical Appearance Improvements to the Williams Building 3rd Floor for Youth Summer Mission Teams
  • Remodel our Food Preparation Kitchen
  • Make Physical Appearance Improvements for the Main Church Room Floor Areas
  • Return of Green Space on Grove Avenue

With our anticipated collection of $914,322 by the end of 2016 for the God-Sized Vision campaign, we expect a shortfall of between $50,000 and $75,000 as a result of completing these renovations.  We ask for your ongoing fulfillment of your campaign commitments, your consideration of additional donations to the campaign to overcome the expected shortfall, and your ongoing prayers.  Your caring and engagement are key to our success!  Thank you in advance for your kind and generous support.

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