We have had some great progress on the concrete today. The south front sidewalk, the entry to the building, and the patch under the awning are all finished.
If the weather holds this week you should see even more concrete finished! Additionally we have some cleanup work that individuals and ministries can participate in this week, in preparation for moving in. Please contact the church office if you’d like to help with dusting/vacuuming, and preparing a section of the building for move-in.
Thank you again to our volunteers, and to to each of you. This project would not be happening without your support. May the Lord bless you, may the Holy Spirit bless these last bits of finish work, and prepare our hearts to consecrate a new place of worship this fall!
This particular piece of concrete is very important for setting our opening day! The entryway off of State Route 150 has to be poured in two sections (so we can still drive in if needed) and each section has to have a good curing time before it’s usable.
Very exciting to see the entryway being poured today! It brings us another important step closer to the consecration service. Thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers, and please continue to pray for the ministry of the church and ask the blessing of God upon the work that we are doing to build the kingdom!
We hope to see you this week at church (9:30 AM in person), but even if you are away or joining us online, we invite you to join us in celebration. God is good, all the time!
And back at the old location we’re busy packing up the offices and the church supplies in the basement and kitchen.
The back lighting is being finished for the sanctuary stained glass and the Ad Board is busy discussing some really exciting worship questions like which symbols are most important to us and need to be utilized in the new building’s worship service. It is good work, and exciting. If you’d like to help just contact the church office: email@example.com or 378-2651
We continue to ask for your prayers, please pray that God will be in these last steps of transition and finish-work. Please pray for the Lord to bring a fresh wind and fresh fire into the hearts of the people of God. And may that revival be a blessing also to our village in the name of Christ.
Also a big thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers! Without you this would simply not be possible. Thank you for sharing your skills, your time, your gifts, and your talents!
Our attention has been focused lately on Vacation Bible School which was a fantastic success. We were able to host an excited crew of kids this week (often around 50) and we were able to do so safely, with many portions of VBS happening outside due to the great weather! Thanks to our many volunteers, and to each participating family.
While that was going on though, we had some concrete work done by our excellent volunteers. Take a look below at the back walkway, the AC pad, and the small patio for the entrance into the Nursery playground!
This week the UMW is kicking off our packing by starting with the kitchen! If you would like to join the UMW in packing (starting Monday) simply call the church office 378-2651, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Watch your email and this website for more upcoming packing and moving opportunities!
Rain, rain go away. Come again another day! What a large amount of water we have been experiencing lately! With our concrete pours being the next big step, we are very much experiencing a rain delay on any outside work.
The inside however has a few new finishes that we’d love to share. The building is now completely carpeted.
Additionally we are very thankful for an exciting new donation that the church has received. A new baby grand piano for the new location!.
The funds for this gift for the new worship service were provided entirely through the Patricia H. Roscoe Memorial Fund. Pat Roscoe was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and served her local church community over the years by teaching Sunday school and playing piano for the children’s choir. She instilled the need to serve the Lord with the love of music to her children.
This new building is the work of so very many people giving thankfully and sacrificially to create a new space for the work of God in the Tri-Valley Area. Thank you to each and every one of you for all that you have done to make this project possible. Each room, beam, and piece of equipment is there because of a faithful gift to the church. It is truly a work of the people.
Thank you for your continued support, and for your prayers. Let’s ask the Lord for a few dry days so we can wrap up the concrete work.
The next step will be the big-clean before we finally take possession of the building and can start the move-in! Right now we are looking at a post-Labor Day opening, but we hope to be working inside the new building by August.
Exciting new steps are being accomplished indoors. We know you can’t see it from the road, but take a look inside and out at the good work going on!
ALSO THE STAINED GLASS IS IN!
But this is all we’re showing online, just enough to get a look at the trim and a corner. Can you tell which window this is?
Why no online pictures? Because we are in unanimous agreement that the first time you see it, should be in person, and we’re opening the building for walkthroughs in July (keep an eye on the bulletin)
Our Awesome Volunteers!
Thanks again to everyone who helped us prepare for the new carpet in the building. It looks great, and we were so glad for your help on Saturday!
The New Carpet Looks Fantastic
Please continue to keep the project in prayer as the work continues. We are nearing a fall finish line! We are so thankful for your support in prayer, in volunteer hours, and in gifts. God is doing great things already through this project, and we are building a house of blessing for our town. Thank you so much for being a part of this project. May it be a place of the Good News of Jesus Christ, a place of hope, of church family, and the healing power of God.
Checklist of What’s Left to Do
Pour the concrete entrance to 150
Pour the concrete sidewalks, handicap spots, and under the portico
Finish the Sound System Install
Carpet on the stage and finish final trim
Finish the kitchen
Final work on the parking lot
And a few more odds and ends before we are ready to get some volunteers in and begin to practice in the new space!
There have been quite a few projects going on at the new building these past couple of weeks. The flooring people have been hard at work getting the carpet down. They still have one more day scheduled to complete that project.
Outside, we have begun concrete laying on the backside of the building. This is the pad where air conditioning units are located. This means we will be actively pouring concrete for the next few weeks as we prepare our building for Occupancy!
Our HVAC workers got our vents hung in the Worship Center. And after some touch up painting, it looks great!
The curtain is up on the stage! While there are still things to finish up on the stage itself, but the curtain looks amazing! And fully functioning!
Some great work has been going on at the new building in the past week. We have received delivery of the chairs for the chapel!
We are also seeing some great work on the kitchen. Here you can see the hood and one of the sinks are installed!
The work on the back wall of the stage continues. We are creating a great place for our restored stained glass to be showcased:
And Just this last Sunday after church, a call was made for volunteers to help dust the large HVAC return ducts before the go up to the ceiling. Thanks to everyone who came and helped!
There will be more opportunities to serve in the coming weeks. We have ceiling work to finish, and more cleaning to do. Please keep an eye on your church announcements: bulletin, website, facebook, and your email.
Thanks for all of your support and each part of the project brings us closer to an opening day!
Progress on the exterior has slowed down a bit as we wait for the right weather to do some very important concrete pours. Warmer nights and dryer days are needed to pour the entrance from 150 (which will be done in 2 parts each with a six week curing time), and then the HVAC pad, the sidewalks, entryways, and handicapped parking spots.
Inside though we are taking some great steps to continue to finish the building. You can see here the ceiling in the fellowship hall is now completely finished, and as the HVAC work progresses, other ceilings of the rooms will be finished as well. Notice also the stove for the kitchen just waiting to be moved in once the kitchen flooring is finished!
The process of framing the stage has begun and it’s an exciting piece of work to be talking about! Here the framing of the stained glass windows has just begun.
And in this next photo we have the screens hung, and you can get a better picture of the stained glass frame! Below you can see a more full version, including baseboards, all just tacked up there for review, the pieces will all be taken down again, sanded, and stained to match the color of the doors, a nice dark walnut. With the windows mission, all design elements are not there yet, but it is exciting to see the stage take a more final shape.
We readily admit that some of this last finish work is taking a bit longer than we had anticipated, and that there have been some unforeseen delays, but the good news is that the work has never stopped, only slowed down a bit. Each week more portions of the building are reaching their final state and we think it’s pretty safe to say we’ll be in the new building by or before the fall.
Ministries are now beginning to talk about storage areas in their planning for the move, and we’ll have some exciting summer work before us once we have occupancy of the new building! Please pray for continued safety and for good weather for concrete!
You may have noticed that the building looks quite different in the evening! We have exterior parking lot lights up now.
More of the carpet will soon be added to the building. We are looking forward to seeing more rooms turn out like our fantastic new nursery
Also the appliances for the kitchen have arrived and are on schedule to be installed by opening day!
We are worshipping in person at the old location on 102 S Seminary and we would love for you to join us at 9:30 AM. Most of the music is again live (and not pre recorded) and singing is part of the service again as well!
Stage Lights! Earlier this week we had a great team of tech volunteers who met and learned how to assemble the lights for the church, and they were professionally hung, aimed, and programmed.
These are just the first four lights of the lighting system. We have designed the sanctuary with several lighting locations that are powered and ready to go, but will be unused on day one. This will allow us to expand and enhance the stage lighting as we grow. Our first four lights though, are a great start for us and will give a nice look to the stage. Nothing flashy, but enough to really see well what’s going on during the worship service.
And while this is happening at the new location, we are beginning to switch to a greater amount of live music, and volunteer participation at the old location. Our capacity for worship is now at 60-70 people and we are hoping to offer more opportunities to volunteer and help with the service again. While we may be waiting on ushers and greeters until the new building, we are happy to welcome acolytes, scripture readers, our piano players, song leaders, and a few extra hands at the tech booth.
Thank you to our awesome volunteers! Great work was done this Friday and Saturday, and new opportunities will soon be arriving to help again. We are taking on the responsibility of the final clean for the new building project!
It was a great day of work, of fellowship, and of clearing away quite a bit of dust to get ready to put down carpet!
All of this is also in addition to some great new parts of the construction we that have been finished including: Carpet and finishes to the doors!, the bases for the exterior light poles, and the base for some important concrete pours outside. Pray for good weather for the concrete work to begin.
We have two awesome opportunities to volunteer with the new building this week. Take a look at them below and we hope you can make it to one of them!
Friday April 9 at 5:30 PM
On this day we need strong volunteers ready to help us relocate some of the equipment and materials in the building so that we can prepare for the cleaning day on Saturday. Show up at the new building around 5:30 and check in with the coordinator. Mask wearing is expected for Covid safety.
Saturday April 10 at 8:00 AM
On this day we need people to bring any and all cleaning equipment – vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, rags and cleaning solutions. We will be removing the dust and preparing the building for some really great finish work that will come in the next few weeks. Show up at the new building around 8:00 AM and check in with the coordinator. Mask wearing is expected for Covid safety
As Holy Week continues and we look forward to Maundy Thursday services this evening, there are some exciting improvements at the new church building to celebrate as well.
The walls of the worship area have received their first coat of paint and are looking fantastic!
Also check out these new doors. Much thanks to our color committee for helping us with all the design of the new building.
There is also a coat of paint on the stage back wall itself and if you look up and to the right you can see that the track is installed for our new stage curtain! It will be very important to have not just for the look of the stage but also to protect stage equipment from any errant sporting equipment when the room is used for other purposes.
A new and exciting time is coming for our church soon after Easter. We wait mostly on good weather now for a concrete pour and the arrival of some important indoor equipment and finishes! Please contact the church office if you’d like to help with the project in any way and may God bless your Holy Week.
A lot is happening at the new site, and we are getting close to being finished! We wanted to share an update of what has been done in the past few weeks.
The bathrooms have appliances! We have sinks and toilets in the bathrooms now that the tile work is finished. Soon we will be putting in the nice sink fixtures in the mens and womens restrooms.
The stage is ready for the inclusion of all the stained glass pieces! We have the cutout ready now for all 4 pieces.
The team is working to get all of the duct work for the gym space painted, this is the duct work currently drying in the Chapel!
Outside the front doors, ground work is being prepped for concrete! Sidewalk coming soon!
Our awesome tech guru Darla has been hard at work getting wifi in the building. It is up and ready to go, along with a phone line!
After church last Sunday our amazing UMW group made a trip to the new building to discuss logistics of the kitchen, Fellowship Hall and some of the areas of the entry way.
We are not finished with the work site just yet, as you can see there is plenty of things to still be done. We would love to have some extra hands to clean and prepare the building for the next steps, carpets and flooring!
Contact the Church Office for info about how to get involved!
Lots of new improvements at the sight this last weekend and this week let’s head inside and take a look!
There are quite a few new elements of plumbing being installed. The toilets are in most of the restrooms (including the new restroom in the nursery for the smallest of our members). We’ve also seen the sprinkler system being finished up in the ceilings.
The work is continuing and it won’t be too long before we start seeing carpet and talking about moving a few things in. We are hoping to be able to have an opening day in May, but a lot of that will be weather dependent related to the concrete pour.
Thanks for all of your prayers and support. If you want to be part of the work crew, moving crew, or even would like to join one of our walk-throughs please contact us at the church office: 309-378-2651.
Lots of small infrastructure added to the building recently. The running of pipes and cables and wires to all the places they need to go is nearing completion!
But, as exciting as pipes and wifi can be, let’s finish this update up with a few bigger shots of some of our spaces we will be sharing ministry in!
Once again we want to offer thanksgiving for your help and support, and for our fantastic volunteers! We are looking at an opening date after Easter and when we know something more specific we will share it here.
The Lights are in, for the sanctuary and for the youth room. They are being wired and added to other areas of the building as well.
Our church is still doing some of the work on our own as well. A very large thank you to all who have worked on the ceiling grid and ceiling tiles! Here are a few of our volunteers at work.
But the new building is not the only place where the work is happening. Our United Methodist Women have begun to take apart and package up the kitchen! It’s an involved process deciding what we need to take with us and what we may no longer need, but the work has started and we are so very thankful for all who are helping.
In addition to the work in the kitchen other portions of the church are being packed up as well. We’ve just started work in the Library and we want to give a lot of thanks to the sewing group and to our sorting volunteers for tackling some of our storage areas.
Are you interested in helping! Want to join the crew as they work on the new location? Want to help us pack/sort? Please contact the church office and we will put you in touch with the different groups who are at work. You can call the office at 309-378-2651 or email at email@example.com
Thank you for all of your support, and please pray for the safety of all who are working.
Some exciting new portions of the project are happening this week, and you can also see some of the great work done by our volunteer team with the hanging of the ceiling tiles!
Thank you for your prayers and support! The work continues and we are busy planning an opening day. Right now that will be largely dependent on the weather (an important factor for the concrete that will need to be poured). As we get closer to naming an opening day we will let you know.
Our newest work team has been installing the grids and hanging ceiling tiles in several areas of the building! Thanks to everyone who has been helping, and if you are interested in joining the work, simply contact the church office – 378-2651
The work is progressing well, and it’s been a great place to get even more people involved in helping with the church project. A huge thanks to our trustees and building committee whose hands on work have helped to bring the cost down over 100,000 dollars! Thanks also to the new volunteers joining us for this second part of the project!
Please pray for the safety of the workers, and for God’s blessing on the project.
Work is continuing inside the new building at a quick pace now and it is a blessing to watch things beginning to take a more finished look! Take a look at the stage.
The entry is also ready to paint, and yesterday there was some fantastic sunlight coming in through the entryway doors!
And when you turn around to look at the entryway to the new worship space, this is what you see.
The new entryway to the church is beautiful, wide, and welcoming. Not only does it make a great first impression, but it will be a fantastic place for fellowship and meeting one another.
Please continue to pray for the good work that is being done in the building. If you are interested in joining the team that is hanging the ceiling, or the many teams preparing to help us pack and move please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org The list of awesome people willing to help is growing, but we’d love to have you join us!
How amazing to realize that we are only 2-4 months from using this new facility! There is a lot of good work that has been completed, namely on the stage!
With our team of volunteers finishing the framing we have also gained a second floor of storage space behind the stage. This is a great addition to the plans and provides some much needed storage in the church.
As you can see in the picture above, the drywall is up, and in many places it is ready for paint.
As the church staff and volunteers begin to organize our “big move” please know that we will be needing your help and that you can volunteer by contacting the church office at: email@example.com or by calling 378-2651 any time.
Also, in a short while, we will have a second team of volunteers who will assist with the hanging of the ceiling tiles. Contact the office if you are willing to be a part of that team as well.
A new place for ministry is fast approaching for our congregation, share the good news, share your excitement, and please pray for continued safe work. Please pray also for the Holy Spirit to bring hope and healing to our land.
With all the excitement focused on the New Building, we thought this week might be a cool look at what is going on behind the scenes here at our current home while we prepare for the big transition!
We have a new team that is working diligently to prepare what we have to take with us. This new team has started sorting and packing, to make for an easy move to the new building.
Right now this team is small, but we are soon going to be looking for help in preparing our current supplies and property for the move (stay tuned for how you can get involved in this).
These pics show you the current situation in the classrooms. Our team has begun clearing out closets and cabinets in an attempt to consolidate what we have into ready to go packages. The big overall plan here is that when we get to the new building, all of this stuff will be in the Workroom.
We want to create an easier way to find the items everyone needs for their specific groups. For example, if the Children’s Church class on Sunday morning needs crayons, construction paper, scissors and glue… they can find it all in the Workroom! No more going classroom to classroom in search of the materials you need for the day.
This last picture is something I (Kyle) am really proud of. Not only is my office completely cleaned and packed (if you know me at all, this is a small miracle itself) but the big pile of amazon boxes in the back hold some treasures that are going to be essential in the new building.
The Amazon packages contain the equipment we need for the new gymnasium space! These boxes have basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs, dodgeballs, and other cool stuff for us to use!
As a sports guy, that purchase was one of the happiest days of my time here at the church.
On the final day of 2020, feels like a good time for a long building update.
We have been blessed with an amazing Construction team, that has given hours of their time to the church in what has turned into a really fun project for everyone involved.
The exterior of the building looks fantastic and has become a great topic of conversation in the Downs community. Please don’t stop telling your friends and neighbors about this project!
As you can see in the first picture, we have gravel down in the parking lot, making it accessible for work trucks and the many helping hands we have in and out of the building each day.
The real fun is what we have going on inside…
Here you can see the work being done in the worship space. With the walls up, we have a better idea of the space we will have in this area, and the word that comes to mind is…. WOW.
We have been in with many different people to brainstorm and plan for the ministries we have planned for this space – from worship, to music, to sports!
Here we have the hallway that makes up the Administrative Wing of the building. On the right side are the offices and work room, at the very end of the hallway is the library (that will also act as a small conference room). The wall on the left will be lined with artifacts and memorabilia from church history – specifically the history of Downs UMC.
This space is our new nursery. The exterior door leads to a fenced in playground area. This space gives us so many new ministry opportunities for the little ones!
Welcome to the Youth Room! This wide open space is going to the perfect place for youth group, as well as serve as the largest classroom space for groups that come into the church. There will be a partition in the middle for when the room needs to be broken in half for multiple groups.
This image really gives you an idea of how big the Chapel windows are. This space is going to be a very intimate and Holy space. Perfect for prayer, and small services.
This project continues to grow and create new opportunities to serve. We are in the process of preparing to do the drop ceilings and the building committee is looking for helpers willing to get to work on that project! If that is something you are interested in – get in contact with the office and we will connect you with them.
This last image is brand new as of today… We have front doors!
Wires are going in, networks are being netted (or whatever the right word for that is), rooms are being framed, and there is joy on the worksite!
Take a look at the back wall of the multipurpose area! You can see the kitchen on the right side and the tech booth on the left. There is an entire second story coming together that will house most of the HVAC equipment, but still provide a little bit of badly needed storage.
We are even just now beginning to see some of the drywall being installed. Here’s one of the office as the process is just beginning
And the electrical work is well over halfway finished!
There is still so much more to do, but the joy that is present at the worksite is tangible. As we continue this Advent season, turning our hearts toward the light of Christ as it grows in our hearts, homes, and community, may we rejoice also in the good work done at the site! May God bless our volunteers and contractors with safety and a heart that is directed toward the goodness of God, and the promise of new ministry!
The past couple of weekends we have had members of the Construction team out on the new property to work on a couple of projects.
There have been 2 crews hard at work on site. One crew has been digging outside and putting in drainage tile for the site! Heavy machinery at work.
The other crew has been inside framing the interior walls for all of our classrooms, bathrooms and offices! We can really get a feel for the size of our building now on the inside. It is a true blessing to see these gentlemen hard at work!
The work has resumed! This time it’s with our own volunteers.
Yesterday our volunteer crew began to build the stage, began to dig the drainage tile, finished the office wing walls of the new church and began to chalk out our fantastic real-people-sized bathrooms! All three of them! Remember we have added a family restroom as well.
It is a great crew, led by our Building Committee and Trustees, and we thank them for the donation of their time, skill, and effort. Please pray for safe work, as they are back on the job today as well. Pray too that the Holy Spirit blesses them as they work with wisdom, skill, and fellowship.
The workers from Ameren are at the site today setting up the transformer to provide power to the new building. It’s good weather for the work, and another exciting step towards finishing the project!
Please continue to be in prayer for a safe worksite, and for a safe harvest, as we have many church members hard at work in that area now. It is exciting to see the work continue, and a great thing to look forward to a new building. We miss seeing you all in person so very much, and look forward to the day when the pandemic has ended. Until then, please be safe, show compassion, and know that this project continues because we believe that God is with us, and there is a light of hope at the end of this long tunnel! May the peace of Christ be with you and yours until then.
We have some really exciting news to share with you today! First of all thank you so much for your continued support. We started this year with the project still needing over 28,000 dollars and now only just over 6,000 is needed for construction between now and the end of the year! Your support is making great things happen for our church, and building a new space for the Kingdom of Heaven here in Downs!
We are about to begin an exciting step in the building project now. Several of our great volunteers are about to begin work inside the building. They will be framing the interior walls, building the stage, and more! Some of the chalk lines are already drawn on the floor and the work will begin soon.
Please pray for good weather, for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, and for a safe workspace for our volunteers as they are soon to get started! We’ll keep you updated with more pictures as the work continues.