Each week, we’ve made tremendous progress. As with any construction project, there have also been challenges. Over the past few weeks, we’ve jumped major hurdles to ensure certain areas on specific floors were structurally sound (they literally passed the test!), and worked closely with the fire chief to get our temporary DLC space ready to operate. These could’ve been major setbacks, but thanks to our excellent staff, layleaders and all the architects, engineers and construction crews, we’re moving full steam ahead. Our greatest thanks to everyone working on this project, and for their dedication and flexibility to ensure that this renovation is executed with excellence.
As we open up the walls and start moving things around, we’re finding some hidden treasures and new light is coming into old spaces. Take a look at more current renovation photos below, as well as a video “mini-walk through” of the space.
Over the last 30 years, the vision for FirstChurch has continued to evolve right alongside the city in which it sits. Our members’ faithful generosity has provided for significant and needed updates to our church building, allowing us to continue to serve our neighbors with love and compassion. Now we’re facing new space needs and challenges; as we sit in this place in time, in our city, in our society, we’re compelled to consider them in a different way. If we are here to grow disciples, connect communities and serve the world, it is imperative that we extend the table into the next generation. We must pour into our young people not just so they can grow, but so they can thrive.
As our world changes, so must how we envision our place in it, both literally and figuratively – how do we ensure that our space within these walls equips us to grow and serve outside of them?
This capital campaign is about more than new classrooms and heating and cooling systems and alternative meeting space. This is an opportunity for a re-imagining of what it means to love and serve like Christ, and to be living examples of God’s presence and grace in the world. This is the time to enact a faith that calls us out of this space and into our world, reminding us of who we are and how we care – which means so much to a world needing Faith Beyond Walls.
One of the most impactful ways we can grow disciples, connect communities and serve the world is to ensure that our youngest are equipped to share the Love of Jesus Christ with the next generation.
Each floor offers new opportunities to build Faith Beyond Walls with space for education, collaboration and community: