FIRST BAPTIST HISTORICAL TIMELINE
FROM PASTOR BRYAN It's an Exciting New Day at First Roanoke! The time has come for us to begin moving forward with the construction of a wonderful new facility to help us better use our entire church campus in reaching others for years to come. Having completed our first commitment to pay off the indebtedness of our Worship Center, our church is poised to move forward in faith with a building program to connect the past with the present. Our new In-Fill Addition will help us to meet the needs of our youth ministry and connect with our growing downtown community of young adults. It will also provide us with many new opportunities during the week for connecting with people of all ages and walks of life. Having already paid off the indebtedness on the Worship Center and with nearly $1 million given to our building program thus far, we are ready to move forward in faith in building a new facility which will not only meet the needs of our youth ministry, but will help us in reaching out to all generations. That is why we'll need every member to give regularly and sacrificially for the next 36 months to help us underwrite the cost of this exciting project. It's important for our giving to be over and above our tithe so as not to hinder the support of our church's weekly ministries and mission commitments. So just as everyone will be blessed in using the new facility to connect with others, everyone can help to make a great investment through our Connecting campaign. Please take time to read carefully and review prayerfully the information provided in this brochure. God has an exciting and important part for you to play in helping your church family. I am filled with gratitude for the faithfulness of your fellowship. You are a loving and generous people and I'm so honored to be your Pastor and Friend. It's a wonderful privilege to be a part of a church where God is at work through the lives of His people. May it be said of us as it was of the Israelites of old, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done” (Exodus 36:5). By His Grace and for His Glory! Forever In Him! Bryan Smith
OUR CHURCH IS POISED TO MOVE FORWARD IN FAITH WITH A BUILDING PROGRAM TO CONNECT THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT. -PASTOR BRYAN
FIRST BAPTIST WAS REALLY THE PLACE WHERE I FELT I COULD CONNECT, AND I FELT VERY STRONGLY THIS IS WHERE GOD WAS LEADING ME.
CAMPAIGN PURPOSE You will recall the original campaign goal (Future Generations Now) was two fold; to raise enough funds in the first campaign to retire the existing debt for the current worship center, and to raise a sizable amount to go to the building of a youth facility to be recommended by our Building Committee. We accomplished our initial goal paying off our debt in 2010. Additionally and since that time we have raised approximately $970,000.00 to go toward the costs of construction of the recommended facility. The purpose of the Connecting Campaign is to raise enough capital to put with the $970,000.00 we have on hand to complete the construction of the new facility, the second goal of the original campaign, and be debt free.