You might have noticed: We grew.
So we’re building a new place for Restoration. And we’re pretty excited about it. Here’s where we’ll keep you posted here with updates and photos; our Facebook page is also a great place to keep up with the latest news about the building (and everything else at Restoration).
December 2: Putting up steel!
November 25: Pouring the slab!
November 12: Spreading gravel and preparing the foundation.
October 21: The plan is to pour the wall back this week.
September 30: A dumpster is on site. The utilities are connected and we’r ready for the footings!
August 20: There’s not much left! The building is mostly down; now there’s lots of sorting and hauling to be done. Our construction supervisor found a time capsule from the original building in the rubble!
August 14: Demolition is set to begin tomorrow morning, Thursday, August 15. Here’s a look at the building as it’s ready to come down:
Want to know more? Read on for the backstory and info on how you can participate.
Important detail: Until the new building is completed, we’re worshiping at one service on Sundays at 5:00 pm at Little Falls Presbyterian Church. You can find all the info here.
In the early days (way back in January 2009), Restoration was a group of about 75 kids and adults. We met for worship at one service. We fit—with room to spare—in a little brick church on N. Quincy Street. Then we blinked, and by April 2009 we were at two services. Two years later, we added a third. And then we added folding chairs and unofficial seats on the front steps, and we began to wonder if there were such things as bunk-cribs for the nursery.
We’ve been delighted and grateful for God’s graciousness to our little church and for the hundreds of people who’ve found Restoration to be a safe place to be broken, to experience God’s grace, and to find their place in God’s story. And so we’ve stepped out in faith to build a new place for Restoration, a new building on N. Quincy Street that will allow us to continue to pursue the vision that God’s given us.
In the fall of 2012, members and friends of Restoration enthusiastically participated in a capital campaign that we called “Responding to God’s Grace.” People gave generously, courageously, and sacrificially, and we raised over $2.4 million in pledges for the new building. More importantly, people found that their relationships with Jesus were transformed as they set their finances before him and asked how he wanted to use them.
God led us to a gifted team of architects who’ve created a beautiful design for us. We’ll have a sanctuary to seat 375, ample classroom space for our kids, and great fellowship space as well. It all comes wrapped in a beautiful red brick exterior that fits right into the neighborhood. There’s even a great front porch so we can continue the Restoration tradition of after-service coffee and snacks outside. Because it’s not a Sunday at Restoration without donut holes.
Where you come in
Like pretty much everything at Restoration, this new building is a team effort, and there’s a way for you to participate.
- If you’ve come to Restoration since October 2012, you missed the fun of the capital campaign—but you can still participate. Head on over here to learn more about how you can contribute financially to the project.
- Pray. From the earliest conversations about what a new facility might do for us, this whole project has been built on prayer. That’s something we want to continue until the last brick is laid and pew installed. We have a team of folks who have agreed to pray regularly for the building project; they receive an email once a week with specific topics for prayer. Would you like to join them? Contact us—just fill out the form and choose “Prayer” from the drop-down menu.