Hemet Valley Baptist Church Opens New Worship facility on Sunday, June 23, 2013

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The new building, designed by nationwide church architect, Building God’s Way (BGW) and built by Erickson-Hall Construction Co., will feature a state-of-the-art worship center and an oversized lobby that will serve as the church's "third place" to encourage social interaction.

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We have overcome so many obstacles and God has been so faithful in blessing our congregation through this building process - Pastor Dale Garland, Hemet Valley Baptist Church

Hemet Valley Baptist Church will celebrate the opening of their new worship facility on Sunday, June 23. Located in Hemet, CA, in the foothills of the San Jacinto Valley within the high desert of Southern California, the church began planning for expansion several years ago in response to a growing congregation and limited available space for new ministry and outreach.

Despite financial and physical challenges, the church conducted a successful fundraising campaign, receiving pledges from members who committed to give whatever they could each month until the new building was completed.

Pastor Dale Garland commented, "We have overcome so many obstacles and God has been so faithful in blessing our congregation through this building process. There are so many people who have helped in one way or another. There were those who prayed, some cooked for the workers, some came to clean the new building, and others helped finish the landscaping. There were even volunteers who stayed overnight to guard the construction site until the security system could be installed."

Building God's Way Architects and Erickson-Hall Construction partnered together to design and build the 13,500 sq. ft. facility. The new building features a state-of-the-art auditorium with a high-tech cloud acoustic system, audio/video center, large performance platform complete with LED stage lighting, vaulted ceilings, and built-in baptismal font. There is also a sanctuary cry room and 3-room nursery containing a one-way parent observation mirror.

The oversized lobby was designed to be a gathering area and "third place" that will encourage social interaction. This area includes a coffee and snack bar, lounge, kitchen, and reception kiosk that connects to an outdoor patio. A beautiful, 8' x 4' painting of the resurrection of Christ adorns the lobby and is the first thing people will see as they enter the facility. The painting was done by Dennis Hare, a well-known figurative and abstract painter, as a gift to the church in honor of his sister, a long time member of the church before she passed away from cancer this year.

Members of the church got an early start in established a special connection with their new building during the construction process. They signed and buried the pulpit from their old sanctuary in the foundation of the new building as a tribute to the legacy of their mission. The pulpit, used since the founding of the church, was handmade by one of the original members of the congregation, who has long since passed away. BGW also encouraged members to write their favorite Bible verses and expressions of faith on the steel beams of the new building.

Pastor Garland added, "The building is the handiwork of each of the workers and builders, but Ephesians 2:10 says, 'We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do'. The building is a tool to do what God already has prepared for us. We just have to be ready to do it."

For more information about Hemet Valley Baptist Church, call (951) 487-8830 or visit the church web site at http://www.hvbchurch.com.

About Building God’s Way (BGW) - BGW has become a recognized leader in ministry design and construction through its extensive experience in working exclusively with churches, Christian schools and colleges. Since 1998, BGW has worked with more than 600 ministries nationwide and has developed an unparalleled network of kingdom building services that includes church design, church building, church growth coaching, vision casting, capital fundraising, non-profit development, financial solutions, worship technology, mobile solutions and more. For more information, visit http://www.bgwservices.com

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