The Home Stretch

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The Lord blessed us with a very productive summer. Progress on the new building moved forward as planned and now we are entering the home stretch.

As soon as we finish the siding, roof the front porch, and set the steeple, the outside of the building will be complete. Then we can get the parking lot ready and start landscaping. For the restrooms we need to lay the tile, set the sinks and toilets, install the grab bars, hang the mirrors, etc.

We also need to complete the entryway. Because this area sits beneath the “base flood elevation” we need to use all flood resistant materials. Primarily this means sheets of hardiplank siding instead of sheet rock. That will all need to be hung, floated, and painted this fall. Of course, we also have all the “punch list” type things to do as well.

If anyone would like to schedule a mission trip to help finish up the building, we could use your help. We have had a wonderful response and a tremendous amount of help thus far, but we do not have any teams on the calendar at this point to finish things up.

Rockin’ it

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What a difference dry wall makes! Some of our guys, Mike Poirier and Randy McCarver, started hanging the sheet rock. They were joined by a great group of folks from churches of the Mid-Lakes Baptist Association in Missouri. The following week another great team from Lake Shore Baptist of Massachusetts continued where they left off. This week Mississippians from Dumas Baptist Church finished the job.

Happy New Year!

It is a happy new year indeed. Progress moves forward on the new church building and fund raising efforts look good. This time last year the corner of Lakeshore Road and Second Street sat as an empty field with nothing more than stakes in the ground run with string. Today the edifice of a new building stands tall, waiting completion, for the glory of God.

Over the past twelve months we saw pilings pounded into the ground, footers dug, pillars set, the slab poured, the floor joists hung, the walls built, the trusses swung into place, the roof shingled, windows and doors installed, a back deck constructed, the building wired, the plumbing run, and a thousand other things.

For those closely following the progress, you know we were “dreaming of a white Christmas” with the hope of spray foam insulation last week. Before we broke for the holiday we decided to juggle priorities and hold off on that application for a few weeks. This change does not jeopardize the schedule in any way. It simply gave us some breathing room to ensure that all the rough in electrical, plumbing, and HV/AC could receive the attention it deserves.

As we look forward to 2014, we see the promise of a completed project by summers end. In a few days, 100+ volunteers will flood into Lakeshore for an intense week of loving labor. Plans include constructing the front entrance, setting the massive front columns, starting the siding, and preparing for the elevator, among other things. Lord willing we will begin hanging sheet rock in February.

Come March, we will need some more hands to move forward with paint, flooring, trim, restrooms, and the punch list that will be several pages long on a project this size. Its not too early to plan a Spring Break mission trip. Would you like to come? Contact us for details.

I would like to also ask you to join us in prayer concerning our financial goals for the project. We need an additional $37,000 to complete the building. For a church our size, that is still a substantial sum, but I do not believe it is insurmountable. The LORD owns the cattle on a thousand hills… His cattle, His house, His glory!

Dreaming of a White Christmas

I doubt it will snow on the Mississippi gulf coast this Christmas season, but I am looking forward to a white Christmas of spray-foam insulation in the new church building. If everything goes well, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day will see the inside of the structure looking like a flocked Christmas tree.

As Santa’s Elves put finishing touches on toy trains and dolls, hard working volunteers are wrapping up the rough-in electrical, HV/AC, and plumbing. The Hancock County Building Inspector anticipates making a list and checking it twice, before December 25th as he rewards the hundreds of volunteers who have proved in 2013 that they have been good boys and girls. I can’t seem to come up with a tune that works, but I’m singing, “All I Want For Christmas is a Passed Rough-in Inspection.” I look forward to spending New Year’s Day in the Winter Wonderland of a newly insulated church building. I can not thank everyone enough for making 2013 such a great and productive year!

The Back Porch

The Back Porch

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 Back Porch

The Back Porch

June is for Joy

The Church on Lakeshore Road

Lakeshore Baptist Church

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.

Solid Ground

Foundation Pour

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.

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

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.