The back porch of the church building is complete. The structure will hold the air conditioner units for the building, serve as the platform for the elevated electrical meter and feed, as well as provide rear egress from the building.
Men from Grace Covenant Baptist Church, Bermingham Alabama dug the footings, built the forms, set the rebar and prepared for the slab. Local men and our church members poured and finished the concrete. A great team from Pine Forest Baptist Church, Vidor, Texas built the deck and stairs.
The project turned out very nice. One of the volunteers said, “Its a shame such a beautiful back porch has to hold ugly air conditioner units.” Someone else replied, “God deserves the very best.” Everyone agreed.
The month of June 2013 saw great progress on the new Lakeshore Baptist Church building. Hard working volunteers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Maryland worked together for the glory of God. The main shell of the building nears completion. Lord willing, in coming weeks we will finish the roof and have the structure dried in.
God gave us a beautiful week. Through the hard work of folks from FBC Zachary, LA and FBC Ponchatoula, LA, we made great progress on the church building foundation. The great weather gave the team an opportunity to frame and pour the next stage of the concrete pilings, form up for the slab, set all the rebar, and dress up the site. We did the big pour late yesterday afternoon. Under the lights last night a crew finished the slab. We still need to set and pour the last stage of the concrete pilings, cut in the wood pilings and set the floor beams, but this work literally lays the groundwork for the framing crews schedule to be with us in June.
Today men from First Baptist Church of Zachary Louisiana set the final posts in the ground for the new church building. We have 48 big 12X12 timbers standing tall. We can not thank these guys enough for their ongoing partnership.
As work on the foundation continues, we look forward to the group from First Baptist Church, of Tullahoma Tennessee who plan to be with us next week. They aim to build the insets on the forms that will provide notches in the concrete pilings holding up the floor beams. Eight of these ten concrete columns will extend all the way to the roof line.
The ground has finally dried out after the record rains of February 2013. This week we finally began placing the big 12X12s in the ground for the new church building. It looks like we should have about half of them in before the end of the day and our hard working Pennsylvanian volunteers have to head home. They did an outstanding amount of work this week.
The New Year came in with a BANG, about 6,000 bangs to be more precise, as we hammered forty 30 foot long timber pilings into the ground for the new church . Twenty Thousand dollars worth of fireworks could not have been more exciting (yes, 20K is the price we paid for the pilings). The work has begun. Stay tuned for regular updates.
What a great Christmas gift! I have the Hancock County Building permit sitting here on my desk. Lord willing, 2013 will see the construction of the long awaited new Lakeshore Baptist Church building. We have the pile driving company schedule to hammer the timber pilings into the ground on January 2-4. On January 5th a large contingent of volunteers will begin rolling in to lay the rest of the foundation. Join us in our praise to God for the plans developing and coming together. Merry Christmas and let Christ be praised.
Today we drilled a couple of test holes for the engineer as we get closer to finalizing the church building construction plans. The ground quality met his satisfaction. We very likely will use concrete pilings for the church to mitigate sway under full occupancy. The sanctuary will sit approximately 12′ above grade and hold up to 200 people, so we need to ensure a proper foundation. We still need to do a cost analysis and pass everything before the congregation. The tentative plan calls for poured in place pilings for the corners of the building and concrete block pilings for the rest of the structure. This layout will involve a lot of rebar. When I know exactly how much, I will share the details. In the meantime continue to pray for us as we move closer and closer to our actual ground breaking.