Learn more about where we are in the Forward Building Project in this latest video update from Pastor Stephen. We are excited to break ground May 2018 and move into our new home this Christmas Eve 2018!
Phase One ($252,288)
Purchase & Design
Phase Two ($365,000)
Break Ground & Renovate
Phase Three ($250,000)
Move In & Celebrate
Purchase & Design
On May 16, 2017, after raising over $200,000 we purchased 8.7 acres of land and over 16,000 square feet of building space at the intersection of Highway 439 and FM 3219 located in Harker Heights, a property that used to house the Whiskey Creek Saloon.
This highly visible easily accessible location keeps us in Harker Heights while positioning us to reach our city and region for Christ. This location will allow us to reach west directly into the East Gate of Fort Hood while making it possible to also reach into the City of Belton located just 5 miles East on HWY 439.
Updated Design & Cost Savings
Because of unexpected cost savings, we were able to update the layout to include a 3,000 square foot addition which allowed us to expand our lobby and kids classrooms, eliminating the need for portable buildings. The front layout of the building was also updated to reflect our ultimate front elevation & design. We also raised over $54,000 to complete all of the due diligence required to break ground.
Break Ground & Renovate
On October 14-15, 2017 we launched our plans to break ground and renovate in the Nehemiah message series.
The total cash needed to break ground was $500,000 and by mid march we had raised $163,276 towards that need.
After further due diligence and cost savings, we were excited to learn that instead of needing $500,000, we now only need $365,000 to break ground and begin construction.
Break Ground Offering Weekend
During the weekend of May 19-20, we are asking all of church family to give above and beyond their regular tithes and offering towards the need to break ground and start renovations. To break ground in May 2018, we only need an additional $176,631! We can do this and we are closer than ever!
Days until Break Ground Offering Weekend:
Move In & Celebrate
Our current timeline based on the aforementioned financial needs is mid December 2018. We are so excited about what God is going to do during this season as a church family. To help meet the financial obligations of interest carry & furniture, fixtures & equipment for our new building, we need to raise a final $250,000 between June-December 2018. We are asking everyone who has finished their current FORWARD Pledge or who hasn't started a pledge, to pledge to give over and above their regular giving towards the Forward Project for the 6 months leading up to move in weekend.
Move In Offering Weekend
We are projecting to hold one last offering to complete the Forward Project prior to moving into our new building. All money raised will go towards any financial needs unmet in phase 3 of our project timeline. Stay tuned for more information. We anticipate moving into our new church home mid December 2018.
GIVE & PLEDGE
Break Ground Offering Giving, One-Time Gifts & Ongoing Forward Pledge Giving
You can give to the Break Ground offering, a one time gift or ongoing Forward Commitment in any of our weekend services via check, cash or credit/debit card or online by setting up a My Vintage Account and designating your gift towards the "Forward Building Fund".
"We moved here recently from Austin area. We are empty nesters, my husband took a job in Killeen so we moved to Harker Heights. We visited here, loved the people, felt inspired & challenged by the preaching, and wanted to be part of this growing family." -Bonita
"Graduated High school and Joined the army. I grew up in a church background but kind of stayed away after joining the army 4 years later. I married my wife Hailey who is a big influence on my life and continuing to make me a better person to this day. We couldn’t really find a good church till I went with some friends to Vintage. It was a great experience from the first time." - Ethan
Vince and I are from northern Il. We spent the past 9 months in Germany. After a compassionate reassignment. We have landed here in Tx. We found vintage right when we got here in Nov and it has sparked a new passion for following Christ and strengthened our marriage. - Vincent & Kristin
We started going to church because it seemed like the right thing to do when our first child was born. When we started attending all three of our children have accepted Christ we are thrilled to have found Vintage Church now that we are in Texas. - Mike & Mary
God has blessed me in so many ways. I don't know where to begin. He continues to bless me more and more each day. I've struggled for a long time with tithing. I've always gave something but never 10%. Pastor Stephen challenged us to tithe for 90 days and see what happens. So we did and sure enough, God has continued to bless us. We both got raises above and beyond our expectations. - Shawn
My wife and I have been with Vintage for a couple of year now. Before then I wasn't a regular church attendee. It's fair to say that my spiritual growth is very young but being part of Vintage has impacted my growth. Joining a small group is meant to accelerate my growth and I am looking forward to all that God has in store. - Jack
May 2016 our daughter-in-law invited us to our grandson's dedication at Vintage. From the beginning to the end of service we felt so welcomed at Vintage. The service was amazing. From then on we have had made Vintage our home. We joined a small group, joined a team and now help with Next Steps. All of this feels like family. Through Pastor and the staff, I've learned to build my relationship with God, something I've never had before. My daughter and I were baptized which was one of the best days of my life. I am thankful for Vintage Church. - David
"Grew up in a small town in central Illinois. I was raised in Church and asked Jesus to be my savior at the age of 3. Around my preteens I kind of fell away from the church body. But I have always tried to stay on the right path. I met my Husband in school and have been married for a little over a year now. We are excited to get connected at Vintage and see what God has in store for us." - Haley
"I had a vision of this building as a church. We live in this neighborhood and when I heard that Vintage was moving in I knew that this is where God wanted me to be and to connect with the body of Christ. We started coming to Vintage in September of 2015 and have continued to grow and get involved as god has prepared his good works for us to do here." - Brenda
I grew up in church and at 14 accepted Christ since then I’ve walked close and far from the Lord but what I’ve been learning over the last few years is about the Lord’s grace and mercy four weeks ago my husband and I walked through the doors vintage and knew we were home I truly feel this campaign was right on time in my life I’m looking forward to the coming weeks.
I was baptized into the Baptist church when I was nine. I grew up in the church but it wasn’t until I moved to Lampasas and 1996 that I felt that I was really saved since then I have grown in my face and sought a real relationship with Jesus seven years ago I married Jim and I moved to Harker Heights we began searching for a church and found Vintage to be the one that made us feel at home I last two years our faith and walk with Jesus has grown. - Marion
Many years ago, my husband and I were hurt by the leadership of a church we were very active in. We stayed out of church for 14 years. In those years we struggled through many difficulties. We finally returned to church about 4 years ago. The first church wasn't the best fit for us. The second church was great but closed its doors a year later. We heard of Vintage through Facebook. The first Vintage service we attended was a message that had my husband in tears. The second message was for me. We both felt that we had a clear message that God led us to Vintage for a reason. We have been spiritually growing more than ever before since we made Vintage our church home. We've been embraced as family and we love serving alongside our new spiritual family. We look forward to all that God has in store for us as we continue on this journey! - Hope
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are we purchasing and renovating a new facility?
It’s about people. Since Vintage Church began, our focus has been on helping people come to Christ and grow in their faith. As a result of this, our weekend services now run nearly 1,400 people in attendance. Permanently owning our location and adding more space will allow us to continue serving and ministering to the needs of our growing church family and the community.
What is the FORWARD project?
FORWARD is a building campaign to raise the money needed to purchase and renovate 8.769 acres located at HWY 439 & FM 3219 in Harker Heights. Completion of this project will allow us to reach over 3 times as many people as well as expand even further in the future.
When will be be in the new building?
We purchased and closed on the property on May 16, 2017 and plan to begin renovations mid May 2018. This schedule will put us moving in Christmas Eve 2018, however, the project will progress at the pace of our generosity.
How and when do I give to FORWARD?
There are several ways to partner financially with us in the FORWARD campaign. Your next opportunity is during the Break Ground Offering Weekend taking place on May 19-20, 2018. You may also give to FORWARD in the offering during any Vintage service, by mail, or online at www.myvintage.cc
Lastly, you may choose to give stocks, bonds, or some other form of asset as part of your gift. Please contact the Vintage office at 254-415-9491 with any questions.
What's a Forward Commitment & Pledge?
Another important way you can give to the Forward Project is through budgeting a monthly gift above and beyond your current giving for the next 6-9 months. You can fill out a pledge/commitment card above.
What if I already made a Forward Pledge?
If you already made a pledge towards the Forward Project, we ask that you faithfully complete that pledge. If you haven't pledged or have completed your pledge we ask that you consider continuing your pledge until after our Move In Offering Weekend in mid December 2018.
Gifts In Kind / Appreciable Assets
Stocks, bonds, real estate and other assets provide ample giving opportunities coupled with considerable tax savings. Our Finance Team will help you donate appreciable assets, give stocks in certi cate form, and make broker-to-broker transfers to optimize charitable contribution bene ts and capital gains savings.
By signing up for online giving, either through your bank or our website, you can ensure your gift is automatically transferred on the day(s) of your choosing. This is an easy way to make your giving hassle-free and consistent.
Cash Flow Gifts
You can give signi cantly by contributing smaller amounts at higher frequencies. Weekly, bi-monthly or monthly giving allows substantial gifts to be reached in smaller steps.
Some easy lifestyle adjustments can help allow you to increase your giving to God’s work. Diverting funds from your budget for entertainment, dining out, subscriptions, etc., can help you free up funds to have a signi cant impact on your giving.
Delayed Non-Essential Purchases
Forgoing some big purchases, such as automobiles, vacations, clothing, trips, etc., for a few years can create substantial giving opportunities.
Raises, Bonuses, Extra Work Income
Dedicating forthcoming raises or bonuses
is a creative method for increased giving. Taking a second or part-time job, utilizing your marketable hobbies or skills, or working overtime can create extra revenue you can funnel into God’s kingdom.
Any interest income, payments from rental properties, or monies from other income- producing assets can provide a source for increased giving.
Consider selling unused items, hosting a garage sale or holding an online auction and giving the proceeds toward FORWARD. The sale of major assets, such as a house, car, land or a business can also provide previously untapped revenue for giving.
Tax Refunds & Savings
Added giving to Vintage Church can create tax savings. By giving these tax refunds and savings back to God’s work, you can increase your total giving.
Freedom From Debt
As you look ahead to the next couple of years, you may discover some current loans or debt obligations that will be ful lled. By investing the money you would have been paying on a car or credit card balance once it’s paid off, you can free up additional funds to give.
Charitable Giving Resources
Reviewing your charitable gifts in light of the kingdom of God affords a resource for signi cant giving. For example, you might usually give to other causes and non-pro ts. Consider diverting those gifts to FORWARD during your pledge, and resume these contributions afterward.
You might be able to make a signi cant donation by using the products or services of your business as a resource for giving.
For additional assistance regarding your contributions or to make bequests and charitable planned gifts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org