We are eager to relocate to seven and a half acres of beautiful, prime real estate on Foster Creek Road in an expanding section of Hanahan, SC! Our new name will be Foster Creek Baptist Church. We have hired TeamwayBuilders in Greenville to be our builder and construction manager. We have completed our master plan for the property and phase one schematic design has been completed.
On Sunday night, November 18, we unveiled the colored renderings of our interior and exterior elevations of our new church auditorium to our church family! Here are some PDFs of our future auditorium and master plan for you to see what we have in mind. (Once you click on the PDF, use the zoom in/out feature in order to make the details more clearly visible.)
February 25, 2013 - Update
Today our architect, building committee chairman and pastor met this afternoon with city officials to present to them our plans for the development of our new property and to obtain other important information our architect needed. The meeting went extremely well and it was very encouraging to see God give us another obvious green light to relocate our ministry to the new property we own debt-free. The meeting ended with their statement of how excited they were to have us move to the new property. They were impressed and very pleased with the overall plans for development: some minor tweaks may need to be made. Once constructions documents are ready they want to review them again. We are targeting a date of June 30, 2013 for document submission. So far we are still on track with the goal of breaking ground this October. We thank the Lord for answered prayer today.
June 10, 2013 - Update
Tomorrow night we plan to meet with our architect and review the construction drawings he has been working on for phase one development. The Lord continues to clear obstacles and to give us a continued "green light" to proceed with our relocation effort. We are on target for submission of construction drawings to the City of Hanahan by June 30. It is exciting to see the progress being made and the Lord's work in our behalf!
June 27, 2013 - Update
Exciting news today....The architect has dropped off a set of construction plans for Foster Creek Baptist! He is on his way now to City Hall to drop off another copy of construction plans and all the needed paper work so that we come in under IBC 2006 for phase 1 construction. Thank the Lord this deadline was met! The Lord continues to move His ministry forward! Soli Deo Gloria.
October 7, 2013 - Update
Due to the government shutdown, the US Army Corps of Engineers has been unable to complete their work on the wetlands verification for our property. We also await rullings on our desire to mitigate one of the wetland areas on the property. Once they have completed their work, civil engineering can complete its work so that various agencies can review our plans for development of the new property. We believe everything outside our direct control is in the will of God: His timing is always best and right. We believe He works all things out for our good and His eternal glory (Romans 8:28). So we patiently wait for His continued direction as we eagerly look forward to relocating the ministry.
November 1, 2013 - Update
The US Army Corps of Engineers has been able to resume work on our project. Hopefully we can obtain favorable rulings from them soon so that civil engineering can be completed. Our goal is to have all loose ends tied up and ready for various local and state agencies to review our construction plans by December 27.
December 16, 2013 - Update
We have obtained the rulings we needed from the Army Corps and now we expect to have all our civil engineering and site plan layout completed for review by City Officials on December 27. Once all the local and state agencies have given their approval to our plans then it will be time to start pulling permits and developing our new property!
December 23, 2013 - Update
Civil Engineering plans were submitted to Building & Codes at City Hall today. We are happy to have met this deadline. Now various agencies will be reviewing our plans to see if they meet with their approval. If any changes need to be made, they will have to be addressed and resubmitted for review. The relocation project marches forward!
February 28, 2014 - Update
Our phase 1 development project is still on hold pending land development review by local and state agencies. Any requested changes are being made by engineers and our architect. God's timing in the relocation effort is always best.
June 8, 2014 - Update
Tonight in our business meeting our church voted to sell our campus to a prospective buyer contingent upon the securing of acceptable financing. We are awaiting a decision from our lender and hope to have it soon. The prospective buyer would like to have a closing date of September 1 at which time we would have to vacate. We will be announcing our new temporary location for worship services near that time. We are drawing one step closer to moving!
July 21, 2014 - Update
Today we received great news from our lender! We have been approved for financing for the phase one project. The Lord continues to give us green lights as we pursue the relocation effort and what we believe to be His plan for this ministry. We are looking at going into contract soon with a prospective buyer. We will announce a closing date with our buyer when we know it. Thank the Lord for His direction! Soli Deo Gloria.
August 15, 2014 - Update
We received word tonight from our realtor that our prospective buyer has agreed to our terms and late this afternoon signed the sales agreement to purchase our campus: we are now officially under contract with them and the due diligence period has begun! In time, Lord willing, we will be changing our ministry name to Foster Creek Baptist Church as we replant the ministry in the Tanner Plantation area of Hanahan, SC. Our plan is to hold worship services in a temporary location just a couple of miles from our new property while we await construction on the phase 1 project.
This is certainly a great answer to prayer and we thank the Lord for His goodness to continue giving us a green light on the relocation effort. We are thankful for the many hours and for all the hard work that our leadership team has invested into this effort so far. We have great servants of the Lord working to advance the church’s best interests. Soli Deo Gloria!
September 30, 2014 - Update
This morning our pastor and deacon chairman met with our closing attorney and the pastor of the church that will be purchasing our campus to iron out specific details regarding the transfer of ownership and temporary use of our facilities after closing. There will be an amendment made to our sales agreement that should make for a smooth closing on Monday afternoon, October 20!
October 5, 2014 - Update
Very thankful for the Lord's blessing and continued answers to prayer! He continues to give us a green light for the relocation effort. Tonight our congregation voted unanimously to accept the negotiated offer and terms for a lease arrangement while we await the construction of our phase 1 project! We are now 15 days from closing with our prospective buyer. These are exciting times for us!
October 22, 2014 - Update
At 7:35 pm tonight (Wednesday) our pastor received a text message from the pastor of the church purchasing our campus that all the paperwork has been signed and the closing has been officially completed. Rutledge Ave. Church of Christ (n/k/a Harvest Pointe Church of Christ) is now the official owner of our former campus.
Many thanks to all those who worked so hard for so many weekends preparing for the closing and for those who did their best to come work as their schedules permitted. The teamwork and hard work paid off.
Many thanks to the Lord for bringing us to this point for which we all have waited so long—some of us longer than others! Nonetheless, we praise the Lord for His goodness. Now we also look to His greatness for the future during this time of transition to our new temporary facilities and the construction of our phase 1 project and its completion.
This Sunday we have our worship services in the Social Hall at the regular times. All children's and teen Sunday School classes will meet in the first floor wing of our Educational Building. Those on our church's email list will receive detailed information regarding the schedule for this coming Lord's Day services. Our goal is to start services in our temporary facility on Sunday, November 2. Soli Deo Gloria!
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