Things are really starting to take shape in our new building! As Jimmy shared in his update last week, it continues to be an incredible journey to watch God provide so powerfully throughout our building project. On our most recent giving day, Sunday, February 7th, we not only raised what we needed to meet our financial deadline, but we raised $41,000 more! Way to go, church! We are blown away by your generosity, faith and sacrificial giving.
If you missed Jimmy’s most recent update where he shared about the new May 1st move-in date, you can read it here. You can also watch this video for an update.
Here are some photos of our most-recent progress:
The stone is going on the columns in the new Lobby!
The first installation of the AV and sound equipment started going in this week.
This is a picture of the ceiling in the new Auditorium. These “clouds” are designed to help with the acoustics.
The balcony is getting a fresh coat of paint.
Dear Antioch Family,
Let me start off by saying, “Way to go team!” As you remember, during the week of September 25th we made the decision as a congregation to move forward and sign the contracts necessary to complete our Auditorium by Easter 2016. The total amount needed to get us into the building was $3.4 million, with an eventual additional $1 million needed to finish the new children’s space.
Our first deadline of $1.4 million is needed on December 7th, instead of the original deadline of November 15th – Praise the Lord! As of today, we have seen $688,000 come in toward the initial $1.4 million goal. That means we only need $712,000 more before December 7th. Since we have committed to these contracts, we need to do whatever it takes to partner with God to meet that goal.
We are thankful for what you have given, thankful for everyone rising up and we have a great challenge before us to meet our commitments by the week of December 7th.
But there is even better news!!!
Last week a family that has loved Antioch for years though they live in a different city, has committed to give $1,000,000.00 to the building in the next 90 days! Yes! That is right my friends. We have prayed for a million dollar donor and God has answered. We are so honored and blessed that this family would believe in us at that level of love and commitment.
For those who are counting let me summarize where we are and what is needed to finish the job:
- The total need to finish the Auditorium was $3.4 million.
- $1.4 million is needed by December 7th. We currently have $688,000 and still need $712,000. The million dollar gift will not be given until January so this December deadline must be completed by us.
- With this generous $1 million gift, we will only need $1 million to be given over the next few months so we can be in our new Auditorium by Easter.
Thank you for being such an incredible team, incredible responders and sacrificial givers. Please encourage your friends who haven’t gotten involved to jump in so we can meet our goal of $1.4 million and be in by Easter.
I am so, so proud of everybody and excited about the journey! I am thankful for all of the sacrifices that have been made. Let’s keep going to make it to the finish line.
In His strength and love,
Just in case you missed the announcement on Sunday, we raised all the money needed to meet the July deadline, which means the construction can continue and we are still on schedule to be in the new building on Easter of 2016. We are so thankful for your generosity, sacrifice and commitment to what God is doing among us. It is an honor to be part of this church family with each of you.
Check out some of the latest construction photos and a breakdown of what’s ahead.
Site of future bathrooms. Can we get an amen from all the ladies who are excited about the 300% increase in bathrooms?
Making progress with the plumbing.
The wood framing has started going up throughout the building.
The air ducts are going in.
“Let’s get to work!”
That might be something you hear a coach bark at players on the field, or something a teacher says to encourage students when they are ready to move forward with applying some newly learning skills in the classroom. But, it’s also my sentiment today about our building project.
Back in November we reached our goal of $1.5 million cash towards Phase 1 of the interior of our building.
Since then, four contractors had to firm up their prices (since they were originally from three years ago when we started the building project!) in order to have the contracts executed. Materials have now been ordered and our first worker was spotted in the building this past Wednesday (as you can barely see in the pic)!
This first interior phase will get us a lot of rough-in work for HVAC, electric and plumbing. We will see some walls forming with some framing! And, some fireproofing…you never want to skip that step.
As the contractors focus on the physical building, we need to focus on being “undistracted for Him and them” as Jimmy shared on Sunday.
We can trust in Jesus’ words in Matthew 6: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” That verse can give us confidence that God will provide for us if we focus on the right things.
We are currently raising funds for Phase 2 of the interior (the goal is $2.1m…and we currently have $250,000 towards that goal.) We’d love to have that in hand by April so the interior work does not have to stop. I know this project has taken a little longer than we would have all liked. But, we are 65 percent of the way there!
I’m thankful for a process that has drawn our people into places of greater dependency on God…and moved us toward becoming a more generous people!
By Jeff Abshire, Executive Pastor
We’ve recently made a lot of progress! The exterior of the building is fully funded and we already have more than $57,000 toward the next phase. And, all the brick is up! Check out the latest update – including what’s next for the project, ways you can pray for this journey and fun facts about the new building.
Our Next Giving Day:
Giving Days are a time for us to come together and give above and beyond! Our next giving day is February 23rd and it will focus on our Kids Ministry and the impact the new space will have on the next generation.
Way to go, Antioch! Last week, we raised a total of $139,143 towards our current goal of $375,637.
That means we only have $198,949 left to raise in our current phase as we put up the exterior shell of our building. In the past two weeks, we’ve started roof installation, framing of the exterior walls and pouring concrete onto the second floor of the auditorium! Keep praying – we know Jesus has every moment and dollar of our building journey planned!