The Grateful building expansion campaign has been a dream project since 2008. After elder conversations, church-wide meetings, and discussions with architects, we settled on plans in 2012, began asking for pledges later that year, broke ground in 2013, and we are so excited to have finished the project in the summer of 2014.
The expansion of the lobby, church office space, and sanctuary have added to making our facilities more functional, accommodating, and contemporary.
The building team was led by Pastor Bob Valtman, and the giving team was led by Pastor Bob Hearon.
From February 1, 2013
1. WHY ARE WE SEEKING TO CHANGE THE BUILDING NOW?
Based on the encouragement of many of you, about five years ago we began a process to address the needs of our facility. At the top of everyone's list were the congestion, noise, and lack of sitting space in our lobby. Further, we explored new ways our facility could further our mission by acting as an “open porch" to our community. Economic conditions stalled that process as did our focus on helping establish Awaken. In the last few years our giving has been very strong and Awaken is standing on its own. Given that, we believe now is the time to act. We have not embarked on a major project to improve and update our facility for 17 years. We believe now is the time to invest in expanding our spiritual footprint in this community.
2. HOW DOES THIS FIT IN WITH OUR MISSION STATEMENT?
Our mission statement begins with inviting the "spiritually lost and wounded" to become a part of our community. We hope you are freshly energized to invite your lost friends as part of this initiative. We hope that the hundreds and hundreds of people that drive by Linworth and our neighbors will be drawn to investigate the message of Christ. We hope that a dedicated food pantry open to the public will give us increased opportunity to meet real needs and share Jesus with those struggling.
3. WHAT BENEFITS WILL THE UPDATED LOBBY SERVE THE BODY OF BELIEVERS HERE AT LINWORTH?
Clear access to people, information, ministry leaders, and classrooms. A dedicated visitor’s center will guide your friends, our guests and neighbors to the resources they need. Sitting areas will provide practical help for parents assisting their children or the elderly. Meeting areas will provide a natural place for connecting, resourcing others, or simply for visiting. Access to the Fellowship Hall will enable us to connect people to others in an environment where we can serve refreshment and coffee before and after services.
4. HOW MUCH WILL THE BUILDING UPDATES COST?
Final numbers are still being worked on, but we estimate the cost to be between $850,000 and $950,000.
5. WHEN WILL THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BUILDING BEGIN AND END?
Based on current plans, the proposed changes will begin in the spring 2013 and end in December 2013.
6. HAVE WE EMPLOYED ANOTHER ORGANIZATION FOR OUR CAMPAIGN?
No. We believe we have the resources and gifting within Linworth to handle our giving campaign. This will save us additional money while uniting the body in an even greater way.