A note from Pastor Dale…
For 19 years we have been following Jesus. It truly has been an amazing adventure. What started as a few people in the Molalla Elementary School cafeteria in 1998 has grown into movement of transformation in our community and beyond. With any movement there are distinct seasons. Jesus is leading us into another season of building. With a lack of space hindering the further development of our children and student ministries; a lack of adequate classroom space for adults; and a lease payment that will only continue to increase, it is time to remodel and purchase our current site.
On July 25, 2016 we signed the final paperwork for the purchase of our building. Our faith journey of raising over $1 million dollars for our down payment has now culminated in a purchase with a fixed 25 year loan at 5.25%. Our lender said that in over 20 years in the business he has never seen a rate this low. Once again, God has gone before us and His provision is everywhere. We now have a mortgage payment that is cheaper than our old lease. Construction is set to begin this Spring and we look forward to creating more space to utilize for the mission Jesus is calling us to pursue. Thank you for following Jesus together. Thank you for trusting Jesus to do great things. Thank you for being a part of this amazing adventure reaching 1000s of unchurched people in our area.
We have already seen God do so many miracles throughout our journey. If we will follow Him together in faith, courage and unity, we will continue to see His provision, His blessing, and the transformation of our lives and community. Are you ready for the next adventure? I hope so. The most exciting days of the movement are still to come. Just think, you get to be a part of it!
Building remodel and purchase
Why are we going to spend millions of dollars to purchase our current 40,000 sq. ft. site including parking areas?
- We have currently been leasing this building for over 10 years. Over the course of the next 20 years, once we begin using the True Value space, we will pay our landlord close to $5-6 million dollars in lease money and own nothing.
- We believe the best stewardship of God’s resources is to get out from under this lease and own this property.
- We believe God is the One who led us back to this property after searching out land and new construction options and seeking after His heart.
- The transformation of this site is another powerful public testimony to our community. We are utilizing an existing building instead of building a new one. We are also improving the look of the downtown core. We have the largest building on Main Street. What we do with it matters.
- This building will become an example of how God takes things that are old, broken, and without purpose and transforms them into something glorious for His purposes.
- The purchase and remodel of this current site allows us to continue growing, expanding ministry and influence for the Kingdom of God. It allows us to continue being Pioneers not Settlers.
What will the additional 14,000 sq. ft. primarily be used for? (Former True Value space)
- The additional space will be primarily used for children and students. These 2 ministries are the ones currently hurting and hindered by our space needs.
- Much of Foothills future growth will be determined by investing in children, youth and their families. Designing this space for them is a way for us to practically live out this value. We are saying these needs are important.
- This new space also allows us to provide a much safer physical environment by creating all of our children’s ministry in one location. This space allows us to improve a secure location for our children that is more efficient to monitor.
How does this advance the mission and vision God has given Foothills?
- The new 14,000 sq. ft. space allows us to minister to and value children, youth and families in ways that we currently cannot because of our shortage of space. Without changing this, our impact is limited.
- In order to advance the mission and vision our personal and corporate faith must advance as well. God is not going to entrust more to us where we will not trust Him and grow. This is the next big faith step for us as a church, just as in 10 years ago when we moved into this building. It is FAITH that pleases God. If we will walk with Him through this more influence will be entrusted to us for His Kingdom.
- The physical transformation of this building is a living example of the spiritual transformation God accomplishes in a person’s life. Taking an old, ugly 60 yr. old building and transforming it giving it new life and purpose is exactly what God does with us. This becomes so much more than a building. This project is not a monument to man; it is a public example of the transformation of God.
- We say we are here to “Follow Jesus Fully; Transforming the City Completely”. Part of transformation that needs to happen is physical. We can become a catalyst for God to inspire other businesses in the downtown to remodel and beautify the downtown core.
- Faith follows Jesus forward. How can we say we have accomplished enough? We need to keep growing, learning, improving and risking following Jesus. Remember, we are Pioneers not Settlers.
- Following Jesus is not about a building, yet God uses projects like a building to grow our faith and give us opportunity to experience Him. This is simply the next catalyst God is using to grow and mature us as His people.
Why is a new façade on the outside of the building important?
- Foothills is located in one of the largest buildings in the downtown area. We are the largest building on Main St. The look of any downtown is important for the city to move forward. We get to be part of this. We can set the tone for this.
- We have designed the outside of the building with the current community improvements in mind so that it all ties together in a unifying theme. The new façade allows us to be a catalyst of this downtown movement to improve.
- Our current façade is outdated, ugly and looks like a grocery store from the 1980’s. We can and should do better.
Why are site improvements important? (Parking / landscaping / signage)
- For all the same reasons mentioned above
- Our parking is horrible. Pavement, sidewalks and landscaping simply makes it a much more enjoyable, convenient and much safer way into our building especially for elderly and families with children.
Why are we remodeling our current space as well?
- The auditorium will go through some changes to the platform, lighting, sound and acoustics. It is our desire to make the experience of our services even more impacting by being able to control the environment better. We are also expanding our live stream and recording ministry which requires better lighting and sound.
- The Main Hallway will be expanded 8 feet wider to lessen up the crowding after our services and give people a better relational feel.
- A large relational space, called the “Foothills Living Room” is being created where the former pre-school room currently is. Why? Because of our core value of relationships. We want even our building to reflect our relational values.
- New flooring will be put down throughout the current building. Why? It is 10 year old commercial carpet. It needs to be replaced.
- The kitchen will be remodeled to be self-contained and much more efficient. This space has such high use it needs to be made more useful for our amazing volunteers who take care of so many.(See plans)
- The multi-purpose room will expand by 33%. It will be enlarged by removing the south wall and expanding into the former True Value space. Everyone who uses this room knows it needs to be bigger. A church our size needs a larger space for funerals, weddings, large classes and meals than our current site.
Will this building accommodate our future needs?
- Yes. Yet, we do not view this building as a “cure all” for our growth issues we will face in the future. Foothills is committed to growth but growth doesn’t always mean all together in one place at one time.
- Foothills will always be a multi-use, multi-service, and multi-site ministry. We do not need to have a “bigger and better” approach to building space. This site allows us to have a very useable and cost effective home base for advancing the mission however Jesus leads us.
- We will continue to be a transformational force in the downtown area looking to purchase and remodel additional property as God leads meeting community needs.
- Today’s technology allows us to multiply ourselves in an affordable and cost effective way that doesn’t have to cost millions of dollars constantly increasing the size of buildings. Additional services on site and others off site are an inexpensive way to continue growing fulfilling the mission.
Are we becoming a church that’s all about image and nice facilities?
- Absolutely not. Just because we are going to trust God with millions of dollars to buy and remodel this site, our values have not changed at all. We are about following Jesus with authenticity and faith. Just because we will end up with a nicer facility does not mean we have altered what we stand for.
- This building will be a testimony to Jesus. It will stand as an example of His transformation. It will be a testimony of what a group of ordinary people can do when they follow Jesus and walk in unity together. It will stand as a witness to His power and His might. When people walk into this building, my hope and prayer is they are confronted with the overwhelming presence of God and they are never the same.
- We will never become a church that is about image and nice facilities. We are a church all about following Jesus. Right now, this is where we need to follow Him. We will always be more of a Battleship rather than a Cruise ship. This building is designed for mission. There may be some comfortable spaces created, but the goal will never be comfort. Our goal will always be to follow Jesus fully fulfilling the mission why we are here.
Are we utilizing the advice of experts as we pursue this project?
- Yes. Our project steering team is made up of professionals who have experience in multi-million dollar construction projects, finances and business. We also receive outside legal counsel in regards to the complexity of the project. We have also involved experts in sound, lighting, acoustics and video.
What are the various phases of the project and cost projections?
- Phase 1 will include the True Value space primarily. This expands our ministry to children and students. Currently, our space hinders further development and growth in these critical areas. Cost projection: $900,000
- Phase 2 will include our current space. This allows us to expand adult ministries through enlarged multi-purpose room / new relational spaces created / remodeled kitchen expanding hospitality / technology, sound, lighting upgrades in our auditorium to make our services even more impacting / new flooring throughout. Cost projection: $854,000
- Phase 3 will be the remodeling of the exterior of the building. The look of the outside of our building will have a major influence on the downtown of Molalla. If Main Street is to be transformed, let it begin with the biggest building. Cost projection: $782,000
- Phase 4 will be the site work that includes parking and landscaping. This involves the same reasoning as phase 3. Cost projection: $794,000
- These figures do not include deductions for in-kind volunteer labor.
How can I financially give towards this project?
- You can give online through the website. Just select whether you want to give a recurring gift or one-time gift and select “building fund” from the list.
- You can give utilizing the envelopes we provide on Sunday services. Just be sure to mark the envelope and your check in the memo line; “building fund”.
- You can mail any contribution to the church office or simply stop by and hand deliver it.
Will there be an opportunity to volunteer my time on the project?
- Yes. As we get closer to the actual construction date, we will create ways for people to sign up for specific jobs and times when these jobs must be completed. We will have a volunteer coordinator in place to manage the flow of volunteers for the project working hand in hand with our builder.
What if I have additional questions regarding the project?
- You are encouraged to contact our Building Project Manager Tim O’Hara via the form located on the right hand side of this page.