Did you know that the First Church building as we know it began its construction the day of the 1929 Stock Market Crash? And did you know that construction was finished, as planned, one year later in 1930? Our predecessors had big dreams and big hearts, and even in the face of the greatest financial collapse our country has ever known, they persisted. And now, we will build upon that persistence with the biggest First Church building expansion project since its original construction. The next chapter in our church’s history — our chapter — begins now!
Last Sunday, we hosted the first of two Next90 Vision Meetings where senior pastor, Dr. Bruster along with Co-Pastor, Rev. Lance Marshall, and Next90 Building Committee Chair, Barry Hudson, were present to offer new information, share excitement, discuss our next steps, and answer common questions about this project.
“I look forward to my grandchildren roaming these new (improved) halls just like my daughters’ did and as I did when I was a youth member here,” Barry reflects. “I can’t tell you how excited I am about finally being able to move forward with this vision for the Next90 years of our church.”
And, while renovations and times of transitions can be challenging, Lance points out that it’s also a hallmark of our growth. “We’re renovating and expanding places for our growing congregation,” he adds. “We are growing in all different ways and all forms of our worship experience; from Children’s Ministries, to new and exciting worship spaces, and beyond. I’d say it’s a wonderful thing.”
Dr. Bruster, echoing this excitement and enthusiasm, adds that Phase I of our Capital Campaign officially begins January 26, and everyone in this congregation will be asked and encouraged to be part of this chapter of our First Church History — and its bright future. “You’ll be asked, as will everyone in this church, to make a commitment to this campaign,” he adds. “It’s important for all of us to give sacrificially — and for each of us to make this project part of our overall plan for charitable giving until Next90 is fully funded.”
We already have a great start on Phase I funding, and Dr. Bruster adds that our goal for Phase I, in addition to creating the infrastructure and groundwork for Phase II, is to emerge from its completion with no debt — and to be able to proceed directly into Phase II.
If you, like many members of our faith community, want to know more about what’s next for First Church, there will be one more Next90 Vision Casting Event on January 19, 2020 in Wesley Hall at 12:15 pm, just after our 11:00 and 11:11 am services.
Come and share the excitement, examine the details in a Garden display of choices for our new or remodeled interiors, and join the enthusiastic beginning of Phase I of our Next90 building expansion project. “Let’s be praying and thinking about the future of our church,” Lance encourages, “and begin planning how we can all be a part of this growth.”
If you can’t make it this Sunday, we get it — and If you still have questions, we highly encourage you to click this Q&A link and submit your questions for our Next90 FAQ section!