Transforming Friedens' Facility

Friedens is blessed to have a unique church building with a beautiful sanctuary and a rich heritage.  The reality, though, is that a church's needs change over time, and our building must adapt in order to best facilitate fruitful ministry.  With this in mind, we are in the process of transforming Friedens' facility.  It is much more than a facelift.  We are keeping the best parts of what is currently here, while changing practically everything else.  

We had a strong capital campaign in 2018, and we are preparing for construction to begin in 2019 - probably in May!

Rooted in faith.  Giving to grow.

"Rooted in faith / Giving to grow" is the theme of our capital campaign to help fund the building project.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, "Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."  Our prayer is that, as a church and as individuals, we will be that growing tree, planted by water, and allow God to work powerfully through us for generations to come.

Project Goals

Our goal in the building project is to ensure that the building supports rather than detracts from Friedens' commitment to welcoming people and making disciples, keeping these priorities in mind:

A Warm Welcome

Our new entrance will feature a canopy and outdoor gathering space that will invite newcomers inside.  Glass doors and windows throughout the building will bring in sunlight.  Relocating stairways and the front office will create a larger, open gathering space that flows directly into Fellowship Hall.  Our hope is that this warm welcome from our facility will be an extension of the welcoming culture we prioritize as we greet guests in person.

Spaces for All Ages

From instants to adults, our renovations will have a lasting impact on how groups interact at Friedens.  Our youngest children will have a two-room nursery suite that is designed with their safety at the forefront.  Each nursery will have an adjoining bathroom facility so nursery workers never need to leave to take a child to the bathroom.  The children's classrooms will receive a refresh that, along with the nurseries, will create an inviting kids' zone.  Middle and High School students will have spaces to call their own.  And adult classrooms will be larger with more optimum configurations for teaching and interacting.  The priority on spaces for all ages will create better opportunities for learning, spiritual growth, and relational connections.

Accessibility for Everyone

Our world has come a long way in terms of prioritizing accessibility for people with special needs.  At Friedens, we recognize that our historic building is long overdue for updates that will give our members and visitors, particularly those in wheelchairs, the ability to use our ministry spaces and bathrooms without struggle or embarrassment.  With a new elevator and bathroom facilities, along with a safer entry from the street, we will create a building that is accessible for everyone.

Total Project Cost: $2.4 Million

There are three avenues for funding this project, and Friedens will likely utilize all three:

  • Current Assets: Friedens is blessed to be in a strong financial position, and we plan to devote at least $500,000 from our savings and investments into the building project.
  • Loan: We plan to take out a loan to help finance the project.  
  • Capital Campaign: A "capital campaign" is a process of raising funds through pledges, primarily within the church family, though contributions from those who don't regularly attend Friedens are also welcome.  We had a strong capital campaign in 2018 that raised twice what a church of our size would be expected to raise, which allows us to confidently move forward with the building project.