Phase 1 Building Plan to be voted on at Annual Meeting

At long last, we are getting ready to move ahead with some badly needed re-modeling of Trinity’s facilities. We plan to do an initial phase relatively quickly, funded from existing assets and a modest increase in our mortgage. We would then continue to define a more major project to be funded by a capital campaign. We are calling these initiatives ‘Phase 1’ and ‘Phase 2.’

We’re going to be asking you to authorize Phase 1 at the annual meeting on March 24th.

Phase 1 – the parking lot and the end of the Sunday School Wing

We believe it is urgent to address these two major pressing repairs. Both the parking lot and the end of the building are deteriorating rapidly, and we need to repair them in order to be good stewards of the property God has given us and good citizens of our community. In addition, we’re excited about what God is doing among us, and we want to remove these obvious barriers to visitation and growth.

Based on initial estimates from a couple of contractors, we believe that the cost of patching and resurfacing the parking lots would be around $30,000. The cost of putting a brick façade on the end of the Sunday School wing (similar to the exterior wall under the steeple) would also be about $30,000. This total, 60,000 would be funded by cash on hand and a restructuring of our building loan:

Parking Lot Fund – available $17000; expected to use $17,000
Capital Projects Fund – available $16,000; expected to use $3,000

If costs are modestly higher than expected, we could use more money from the capital projects fund. However, we would like to hold on to this for engineering of Phase 2.

The remaining $40,000 for phase one would come from a restructuring of our current loan. We currently pay 6.25% interest on the loan, and our mortgage company is able to reduce that interest to 5.25%. They will give us a small additional loan of $40,000 at the same interest rate, raising our total loan from its current payoff of $245,000 to $285,000

We currently have approximately 112 payments left on our loan (9 years, 4 months). Under the new agreement this would increase to 120 payments (8 additional payments). The payment amount would be about $500 higher than our current minimum payment, but still about $500 less than what we have been paying, thus allowing us to actually reduce our budgeted mortgage payment for the coming fiscal year.

Phase 2 – Expansion of sanctuary for new entryway and bathrooms.

The capital campaign committee which considered long term plans last year felt that the best things we could do to improve the quality and user-friendliness of our buildings would be to (1) connect them, (2) upgrade our bathroom facilities, and (3) provide a better entryway / fellowship area. To do this they propose expanding the sanctuary, projecting the current roofline 40 feet toward the other building.

The sketches above are a very preliminary concept that achieves these goals. After we consult with architects and engineers, the final plan might be quite different than this. But we expect to keep the cost of this more major project in the $300,000 – $450,000 range. This will need to be funded by a capital campaign, including gifts and pledges from the congregation and friends of the church. It may also require a second restructuring of our loans. Whatever we do, our goal will be to make Trinity’s buildings more appealing and more functional.

We are asking you to pray and think about these ideas, especially Phase 1, prior to the annual meeting on March 24th. If you have any questions or comments, please give them to one of the pastors, one of the elders, or a member of the General Board.

Door to Door Apartment Outreach – August 18, 2012

We will meet at the church for prayer at 10:00 am and then go over to the apartment complex to greet people and hand out flyers. For more information contact Todd Cobbs.

Men’s Accountability Breakfast

August 18, 2012 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the Sanctuary.

Contact Todd Cobbs for more information or to sign-up to help cook breakfast.  Todd needs volunteers to help him prepare the breakfast. Donations to help cover the cost of the food would be appreciated..

Larry Martin will be giving his testimony

Ladies’ Fall Bible Studies


Wednesday Evenings, 7-9A Precept Study on the book of Matthew (The Coming of the Kingdom)                   Starts August 22 and ends November 28. Book costs $9.50 Contact Susan Jackson for more information

Wednesday Evenings 7-9High School Girls Bible Study (Before You Meet Prince Charming)                                                         Starts August 22. Books cost: $13.00 Contact Titia Cobbs for more information

Wednesday Evenings 7-9 Jr. High Girls (Life Change Study of Colossians)                                                                                        Starts August 22. Book costs: $8.50. Contact Anna Bauer for more information

Thursday Mornings, 9:30-11:30—A study about God’s comfort in times of grief (A God of All Comfort)
Starts August 23 and ends November 29. Book costs $11.00. Contact Cheryl Kittle for more information

High School girls are welcome to join any of the ladies’ studies.


Men’s Retreat – November 2-4

Men’s Retreat This years Men’s Retreat is scheduled for November 2-4 at Trinity Pines.  We will go through a 5-part series by Andy Stanley about “Time.” Andy will discuss the importance of using our “Time” wisely. What time is it? Where did all the time go? Does time really fly when you’re having fun? Maybe we think about time so much because there never seems to be enough of it. Maybe there’s only one question we need to ask. What am I doing with my time? Simple question? Easy answer? It’s time you found out. In this 5-part series, “Time of Your Life,” Andy Stanley will help us discover that answer. Don’t waste another second. More information is available at the back table or you can contact Todd Cobbs, 713-907-3669 or  Sign up today.


Ladies Fall Tea: In His Hands

Come and learn more about the Heavenly Father by exploring a word picture He provides in His Word. Discover the richness of the layers of meaning in the portrayal of the potter and the clay by observing the work of a potter firsthand. You will be awed and amazed by the insights into the hand of God in your own life through this experience.

September 29 from 2-4 pm at Trinity. $4 per person with a $15 max cost per family. Guest speaker: Rachael Norris. Sign-up September 9, 16, and 23 at the Women’s Ministry table.



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