Feb 2014 – Purchased property on Elm Street (giving us ownership of the property from 1431/Choice Medical back to the SPLAT House).

2015 – Listening Team – GOAL: Listen UP, OUT, & IN to discern where and how God is leading us next to grow, love, and serve

Fall 2016 – Advisory Team formed – began addressing Listening Team recommendation of evaluating leadership structure / functioning for Congregation/Pastor-led church

Spring 2017 – Facility Planning Team formed – began addressing Listening Team recommendation to upgrade facilities for mission, service, and worship.  Developed schematic design proposal leading to capital campaign

Spring 2018 – Building to Bless Capital Campaign with May 20 celebration of results

July 1, 2018 – Building Committee installed in worship

Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 – Building Committee explores modified design with architect based on congregational feedback and success of capital campaign (see note below for more information).

Fall 2019 – Determined that building a new Fellowship Hall across Elm Lane was not feasible due to easement constraints on the property. Returned to update original plan using the same footprint as the current Fellowship Hall, yet better utilizing space to create a larger space to gather and fellowship.

Fall 2019 – Paid off current building mortgage to save on interest payments until new construction begins! Used BtB funds to do this.

January 2020 – Updated schematic design presented at Annual Meeting – approved.

February 2020 – Received bid estimate from Contractor – need for follow-up meeting to go over numbers and prioritize project pieces based on building project goals.

March 2020 – Installed new sanctuary sound system and A/V booth (as part of the $50k set aside for sanctuary upgrades for this building project). BtB GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!

May 2020 – After having to pause due to COVID-19, the committee re-gathered to discuss what “next” looks like and how the pandemic might be inviting us to wonder with God of any meaningful changes to our current design or needs of our larger facility/grounds.

June 2020 – Met with architect and decided that current schematic design is sound. Yet, a recommendation to council was suggested to see how they would like to proceed in developing a larger master plan for facilities (with congregation’s mission and vision in mind). Maybe a parallel team might need to be formed that includes a more representative set of voices of the congregation to develop a basic vision for a master plan for facilities. Next steps include meeting with contractor to narrow down estimates of cost of current project.

March 2021 – Architect has Fellowship Hall drawings at 50% completion.  Special needed congregational meeting planned for MAY (TBD) to vote on how to proceed with Building to Bless and project. 

April 2021 – New 1431 signage has been paid for and will be installed. This was part of the Building to Bless program. BtB GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!

May / June 2021 – The current design was put on hold to form a Master Campus Plan Taskforce so as to make sure we are incorporating new learning from the pandemic in what we need to pivot the project in anyway to adapt our thinking / designs in any way to more fit a changing church culture and world.

End of May – Completed 3-year capital campaign commitment. We ended up with over 95% of our campaign commitment of $1,040,000!

June 27, 2021 – A special congregational meeting was held to approve the Master Campus Plan and the updated Building to Bless facility investments. New pieces included renovation of the 1006 Elm Lane House, adding Zoom and A/V tech in classroom 212 and Elm Lane, and some other minor but important changes in this first phase of the Master Campus Plan. You can see the picture and financial breakdown in the blog post for June 27, 2021.

Fall 2021 – The Building Committee recommitted to the project and retooling the Fellowship Hall to cost less, but achieve the same goals. Working with Mission Investment Fund to seek approved of a loan in case we need it. Move forward in selling our Choice Medical 1431 property to use funds for building project as well as investing in other needed areas to enable to congregation to grow in the changing church world.

December 2021 – Receive permit to begin renovation of 1006 Elm Lane.

April 2022 – Dedicated the renovation of the Elm Lane House on Easter morning! The house was rededicated as “The TreeHouse” due to the many trees around the house and the rich tree imagery across scripture. BtB GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!

June 2022 – Continued giving to BtB exceeded 100% of our campaign commitments of $1,040,000! Thank you to everyone for your continued giving to complete the Fellowship Hall and parking renovation.

August 2022 – Drawings for renovation of Fellowship complete. After receiving three bids, we decided to go with Nash Builders of Marble Falls.

September/October 2022 – Spend time working on value engineering of costs estimates to keep project within scope of current funds and originally except mortgage. Working in coordination with Mission Investment Fund for an up-to $400k loan to help complete the project to be added to BtB available funds + gift for kitchen appliances + mortgage reserve funds + and proceeds from Choice Medical property sale, which gets us to the projected cost of the Fellowship Hall remodel + new parking lot of $1.4M. Preparation and signing of contract with Nash Builders.

December 2022 – Had a workday to clean out the Fellowship Hall in preparation for the remodel to begin before the end of the year.

See the blog for updated posts on where the project remodel is. There are pictures of the remodel as part of the blogs. The project is about 40% complete as of May 1. Estimated project completion is mid-fall. Pictures below taken 4/23/23