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August 21 – Dedication Service

Our morning worship time included the dedication of the newly finished space. What a wonderful testament to what God has done!

August 20 – Dedication Weekend

We opened up the new space for some family fun on our Project 78 Dedication Weekend.

August 1 – Ribbon Cutting

The children of FRC participated in the ground breaking ceremony for Project 78 on August 28, 2015.  Now less than one year later they are invited back to celebrate in the ribbon cutting. What a great day of celebration.

March 4 Update


Much of the upper level is now wired and sheetrocked. Taping and mudding is underway in the Loft.

February 19 Update

Framing in upper level is nearly complete and insulation is going in. Lower-level framing continues. Stacks of drywall are already being delivered.

February 12 Update

With all demo essentially complete, upper level of the remodel is being framed in. The new estimated date for project completion is late July.

January 27 Update

With the asbestos cleared from both floors of the education wing, significant repurposing is beginning on each level. All the major elements of the prayer room are installed and soft-seating furniture is expected any day.


January 18 Update

Significant framing (and some sheetrock) in place in the Big Room and the youth areas. Reconfiguration of lower level of the education wing now underway.

December 18 Update

The building is completely enclosed. All concrete floors are poured and bathroom plumbing has begun.

November 12 Update

Steel beams are being welded into place, the walls of the north restrooms and storage corridor continue to rise higher.

November 5 Update

Ongoing exterior work – the walls are almost completely in place. Inside, work on the new fireside library and prayer room continues.


November 3 Update

With the foundations set, exterior and interior wall construction is ongoing at the site.

July 1 Update

At our June 28 congregational meeting, the members of FRC voted overwhelmingly (83%) to break ground on a building expansion and renovation this fall. Praise the Lord! Hoogendoorn Construction will serve as the general contractor with bids to sub-contractors accepted during this month. We anticipate work to begin on our site early in the fall.


March 22 Update

In consideration of the congregation’s supermajority vote favoring proceeding with Project 78, the consistory has authorized architects at Cannon Moss Brygger to proceed into design development and has commenced a capital campaign to be completed during April and May, 2015.


January 25 Update

After several months of behind-the-scenes work, the Consistory can share that:

1) After an initial design phase with Building God’s Way, FRC is proceeding with Project 78 with the assistance of Cannon Moss Brygger Architects of Sioux City, Iowa

2) Several months of re-imagining and value-engineering have been undertaken to streamline our earlier design to a different ministry plan

3) This process is common to most building projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations like FRC, and has aimed to address the concerns noted during the Popcorn Sessions and the Readiness Study, in particular, that:

a. A full-sized, “sports-only” gymasium may be redundant with facilities already existing in Orange City

b. Renovation of the education wing, rather than demolition+new construction, may represent better stewardship

c. The structure serve the full spectrum of ministries at FRC, not be dedicated to a single program (Kids’ Connection, etc.) over other needs

4) A sermon series in February will highlight the spiritual dimension of this building project

5) Before proceeding to the next design phase – or spending the necessary funds to do so – the congregation will be asked to vote the project forward

Revised Two-Story Floorplan:

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September 22 Update

On Tuesday evening, September 16, the Consistory unanimously voted to:

1) Accept Gronlund Sayther Brunkow’s professional estimations that:

a. A $5 million campaign is not presently feasible

b. A $2.5 million campaign is a reasonable goal for FRC

2) Re-affirm the Building Assessment Team’s conclusion that the present configuration of the Education Wing is not viable long-term

3) Thank and consult with the Building Assessment Team regarding past findings and the potential reconstitution of a Design Work Group

4) Agree that FRC is open to taking on a reasonable level of debt to make the project viable

5) Prepare to make difficult choices in the necessary value-engineering of any future project

6) Affirm that the congregation has a key role to play in the decision and that a final proposal will be sent to communicant members for a vote


September 9 Update:

Campaign Readiness Report Completed

Our partners at Gronlund Sayther Brunkow have completed their report; this will be shared with the consistory at the September 16 meeting.


August 10 Update:

Campaign Readiness Study Begins this Week

A critical phase of Project 78 begins on August 11 as a segment of our congregation will be interviewed to gauge their potential financial support for our facility expansion. Please pray that God will anoint their hearts with generosity and honesty so that we’ll know what’s in store next for our church!


June 29 Update:

Faith Steps Forward : Project 78 Crosses Decision Point #1

This June, members of First Reformed Church were introduced to the broad outlines of Project 78, an initiative to expand our Central Avenue Campus. The rollout for the vision and aims of this project took place via a series of presentations called The Popcorn Sessions.

The Popcorn Sessions intended to provide transparency about the cost, timeline, and key decisions that lay before the members of our church should FRC sense God is now leading us to enhance our facilities. A Project 78 video production, currently available at our website,, was revealed, Executive Administrator Les Douma detailed financial and construction considerations, and I was able to share a vision for the need, opportunity, and sacrifice inherent in building the design that has been created by Building God’s Way architect Don Mahoney. You will find the timeline shared at that meeting, along with my remarks, attached to this edition of the Focus.

A “next steps” survey distributed at the Popcorn Sessions yielded the following results:

Question 1: Do you sense the ministry vision and practical need for expanding FRC’s facility, and do you feel personally invested in making Project 78 a reality?

Yes: 80%

No: 10%

Uncertain: 10%

Question 2: Understanding that completing a project like this will require all of us to contribute sacrificially, do you support the consistory proceeding to a Financial Readiness study:

Yes: 88%

No: 8%

Uncertain: 4%

When presented with this data at the June 24 meeting, consistory members voted unanimously to retain the services of an outside consulting organization to conduct a financial readiness study. This vote represented Decision Point #1 (see attached timeline).

The readiness study, likely to begin later this month, will consist of both private interviews and of focus group research. It will not include conversations with all the members of FRC (those may lie further down the road), but would seek a large enough sample size to project the church’s ability to support the approximately $4 million cost of construction.

It is my hope that your family will begin to pray right now about your role in this process:

What might you be willing to offer as your unique, once-in-thirty-years gift to a building project?

Would you rather give a single pledge or to divide your support over a period of three years?

Will this be a stewardship “first step” for you?

Do you need to re-think your family’s priorities at this time?

Has God blessed you with an opportunity to serve the church with a larger legacy gift?

If there are any further questions about Project 78, the proposed building’s layout, or how this vision connects with FRC’s larger mission priorities, please feel free to contact Les or me at the church office.

Pastor Tim

Discernment Timeline (Click to expand)

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Important Documents and Renderings

Pastoral Vision Document: Project78 – Lead Pastors Vision

Proposed Main Level Floorplan: Main Level Plan