OK—we’ve broken ground. Now members and visitors are already asking what’s next, and when. Most of what’s going on right now is happening behind the scenes, but the first visible sign of progress was the disappearance of the trees between the church and Doug Baker Boulevard. We have cleared those trees so that Alabama Power can move power lines to service the new building.
What’s not-so-visible is the hard work of a number of committees working to finalize the detailed plans for the building. We have teams working on everything from completing detailed interior construction plans to choosing pews and finishes. Part of this process involves making hard choices in prioritizing features and spaces.
As we set those priorities, we are committed to working within the budget determined by pledges and gifts to the Reach campaign. Frankly, we are finding that some costs are exceeding initial budget expectations, and while we will work to maximize all available funds, we will also keep our fiscal house in order and will not exceed the promised debt level. We can do more if we have greater resources available, so we are encouraging you to make a pledge or a gift if you haven’t done so already. The Reach campaign remains open and we’ve had several significant gifts since we broke ground. You can still become a part of this next chapter in Asbury’s growth—it’s not too late to become part of this exciting story.
You might also consider making a Memorial Gift to a specific part of the building campaign. Our Memorials Committee has proposed a list of specific items that people have mentioned as possibilities, and indicated an interest in funding, in whole or in part. These opportunities range from an organ, to the large stained glass window to individual pews to Bibles and hymnals. The Committee has made a list of items available at the Information Desk near the Sanctuary and at the Information Table outside the Bridge service on the first floor. However, if you feel called to single out something that’s not on the list, but stirs your heart, Committee members will be pleased to discuss it with you.
As soon as Vacation Bible School is over, things will really get moving. That’s when the creation of new athletic fields begin at the edge of our parking lot where it meets the woods along the entrance road off Highway 119. You’ll also see the basic construction to prepare the main parking addition to serve as the location for construction trailers and equipment during construction. We expect to see the first steel being erected later this fall.
There are new site plans on the video screens around Asbury, and they are also being shown prior to our worship service—they will help you visualize the new building and capture the sense of excitement about what our future holds for the Kingdom of God at Asbury.
The Amazing Reach of Asbury
The word Reach has come to signify Asbury’s desire to grow into a wonderful, Christ-centered future, but it can also describe how the word is getting out about the great things happening at Asbury. Listen today for Pastor Kip’s story of how Asbury’s plans reached all the way to Carnegie Hall in New York. You are part of an amazing story unfolding here at Asbury and the work you are a part of is recognized throughout the North American Methodist community.