In the early 1970s, a group of our church’s leaders realized that the church, then downtown at 310 West Pearl Street for almost 60 years, was becoming overcrowded with no room to expand, and Granbury’s rapid growth was expected to continue. They made the bold decision to purchase a lot at the west end of town and construct the building we worship in now.
Now, almost 50 years later, our church is in need of major repairs and updates. Renovate ’23 is our vision for the future of the Granbury Church of Christ.
The Granbury Church of Christ moved into current building at 1905 W Pearl Street on June 17, 1973. The elders of that day had the foresight to buy several acres, which was more than sufficient for the new building. It has provided the opportunity to expand the original building three additional times. In 1973, the new building consisted of an auditorium large enough to accommodate 750 attendees, classrooms, offices and restrooms. Additional space was added in 1978, 1986, and 2002.
The north side of the building is now showing its age. The roof is leaking and the air conditioner units are old and unreliable. The 750-seat auditorium is often full. The restrooms are too small for current needs and are not ADA- compliant.
Our Needs and Wants
It is the desire of the Elders and the congregation to have a welcoming facility for both members and guests to gather in fellowship and learn about the Lord – a true community place where people want to be – that is also cost- effective to maintain.
We want a building with a modern appearance, with a larger auditorium, more adult classroom space, larger reception areas, and adequate restroom facilities.
With the Lord’s blessing, we plan to demolish and rebuild everything north of the Teen Center, except for the Auditorium itself.
The existing front foyer, hallways, and classrooms will be removed from around the Auditorium (in light blue), and new lobbies, classrooms, and restrooms will be built.
Over 2,500 square feet of classroom space will be added with the new design.
The new main entrances will be located on the East and West sides of the building. These entrances will lead into a large gathering place and coffee center.
The current Teen Center, just south of the Auditorium (in amber-yellow) will be converted into The Chapel, a handsome, multi-purpose room for small weddings, funerals, and special events.
The North Lobby, Porch, and Prayer Garden
What is now the front foyer and surrounding rooms will become the North Lobby, a comfortable, quiet space to commune with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and welcome guests. The building’s front portico will be replaced by a large, signature steeple overlooking a broad porch and prayer garden.
Skyfold Movable Walls
To offer increased flexibility, several walls around the building will utilize vertically folding Skyfold walls – motorized walls that quietly fold up into the ceiling. These Skyfold walls can be opened, expanding spaces when needed. The rear wall of the Auditorium will feature Skyfold walls to allow seating to be expanded into the North Lobby for special events, expanding seating from 750 to 1,000.
Skyfold Walls Closed
Skyfold Walls Open
This video shows how Skyfold Walls operate and how the Metro Toronto Convention Centre increased its space flexibility with Skyfold movable walls.
In the current Teen Center, just south of the Auditorium, will be The Chapel, a handsome, multi-purpose room for small weddings, funerals, and special events.
The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place will be between the East and West main entrances, a large open area under dormer skylights. Two coffee bars will flank the Welcome Desk, where visitors can go to find information. The Gathering Place will be the place for fellowship before and after services.
A Skyfold wall will connect The Gathering Place to The Chapel. When the wall is opened, it allows The Gathering Place to become an even larger multi-purpose event center.
|Skyfold Wall Closed||Skyfold Wall Open|
The current restrooms on the North side and in the central part of the building are small, with limited facilities, and are not ADA-compliant. The new layout includes two sets of modern restroom facilities near the North Lobby and The Gathering Place.
We Need You
There will be many people involved in bringing this dream to reality. All of us are needed.
We’re excited to renovate our church for future generations of followers of Christ! Please pray with us for this project and for the Lord’s will to be done for our church!
Ready to make a commitment?
Complete the Renovate ’23 Online Pledge Form
As of 1/23/2022
Amount Needed – $6,000,000
Helpful Hints for Supporting Renovate ’23
GCOC members with an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) who are age 70 1/2 to 72 are required to take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) each year. The RMD is income and is taxed at federal income tax rates.
A helpful alternative is a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from the IRA. The QCD counts toward satisfying the RMD, but is NOT included as income, thus lowering federal income taxes.
A QCD gift to Renovate ’23 can be made by your IRA custodian directly to GCOC. Be sure to include your name and Renovate ’23 in the description. QCD gifts of up to $100,000 can be made each year.
If you have questions, feel free to contact a member of the Renovate ’23 financial advisory committee: David Wims – chairman, Eric Blevins, James Brown, Clayton Bryant, Menielle Donahoo, and Michelle Northcutt.
Plans are finalized and work will begin soon!
We are so pleased that Renovate ’23’s construction will begin in the early Spring! The final plans have been approved with the new classrooms, welcome center, and chapel. Second story plans include the new Teen Center for the Youth Ministry.
Plans continue to take shape! We’re working with the architect and designers to tweak and finalize the building plans.
We’re happy to announce a major addition to Renovate ’23 – the current Teen Center, just south of the Auditorium will be converted into The Chapel, a handsome, multi-purpose room for small weddings, funerals, and special events. The Teen Center will be relocated elsewhere on the campus.
Q: Why are we renovating the church building?
A: Our 50-year old building has served it’s purpose to the glory of God, but physically, it is wearing out. Renovate ’23 allows us to:
o Update the building to modern standards for access, emergency exits, and ADA-compliant restrooms
o Grow the church by providing more auditorium seating and adult classroom space
o Create a welcoming place for visitors
o Provide a new look that appeals to the community
Q: What happens if we do nothing? Can we wait to do Renovate ’23?
A: Maintenance costs will only continue to rise due to the age and condition of the building. For instance, we have experienced a high number of air conditioning units fail over the last couple of years. These units are old, some nearly 50 years old, and parts can’t be found to repair them. This summer, parts had to be custom made to avoid replacing a $25,000 unit for the auditorium. Renovate ’23 provides an opportunity to lower the long-term maintenance costs and to upgrade the building as well. While the Renovate ’23 project could wait, we anticipate the cost of the repairs on the current building to become cost prohibitive.
Q: How much new seating will there be in the auditorium?
A: The auditorium will be modified to open in the rear to accommodate up to 300 additional chairs, giving us a seating capacity of over 1000.
Q: How much new classroom space will there be?
A: We are increasing the adult classroom space by about 40%. This will make space for three to five new adult classrooms depending on how we decide to use the space.
Q: Are we building new restrooms?
A: The renovation will have large, new men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Place (welcome center) and in the North Lobby. In addition, we are adding two private-use restrooms in the north lobby.
Q: How will we pay for the renovation?
A: We hope members will pledge to cover the full cost of the renovation over a three-year pledge period. Bank loans may be used to fund the actual construction since it should be finished in one year, like an interim loan to build a house. We may also offer members an opportunity to loan the church money at a modest interest rate.
Q: Is it important for me to make a pledge? How do I make a pledge?
A: Yes! It is very important that you pledge so the elders can make informed decisions about the scope of the project. Even if your pledge is small, your pledge shows your support and commitment to this work. To make a pledge, sign into REALM and make or change your commitment, fill out a Pledge Form available at most doors or call Kathy Smithson.
Q: Can members offer comments on the renovation?
A: Yes, please do! You may contact any one of the following:
o Elders – email@example.com
o Building Advisory Committee – John Webb, Chair
o Financial Advisory Committee – David Wims, Chair
o Mark Hackney, Renovate ’23 Project Manager
Q: How long will construction take?
A: About one year, starting early in 2022.
Q: Will we be able to use the auditorium during construction?
A: No. All classes and worship services will have to be held in classes around the gym or in the gym itself. The teens and children will combine into fewer classrooms to make room for adult classes.
Q: Is my pledge confidential?
A. Yes. Unless you tell someone, only the Bookkeeper, Administrative Minister and one Elder have access to the details of your pledge. The elders are provided summary information such as numbers of pledges, average pledge or other analytical information such as the average age of those pledging.
Additional questions? Send an email to the elders at firstname.lastname@example.org.