However, the decision to construct a new facility came nearly a decade ago when the members of the church began a long range planning project to determine the needs of the church.
"Our church was growing, with a significant increase in the number of children, youth and young families," said Building Committee Chairman Wayne Edge, in a Wednesday interview. "It became obvious that we were outgrowing our facilities and our sanctuary and other buildings were in need of renovation.
"So a committee was formed to decide how we would proceed with the project," Edge added.
The long-range renovation and expansion project began in the mid-1990s, with a complete renovation of the sanctuary. That was followed by a renovation of the existing Education Building and Fellowship Hall, which began in 2000 and was completed in 2001.
Throughout the renovations, the church had a Planning Committee, which worked to determine the church's needs. The results of the Planning Committee's work was then turned over to the Building Committee, which, in turn, began formulating a plan for a new addition to the church.
Since the church was landlocked, it had to procure two houses adjoining the property. As it turned out, both of the houses were donated to the church. One house that had already been owned by the church was demolished, said Edge.
Actual preparation for construction of the new facility began earlier this year with the preparation of architectural drawings and later, church gatherings to discuss the design. Various committees were formed to work out the details, according to Edge.
Final drawings are slated to be completed by November 1, with bids projected to be in by December 1.
"We are shooting for construction to begin shortly after the beginning of 2003, with completion of the project sometime around June 1," Edge added.