First Baptist Church of South Londonderry has begun construction on their new building. The site work is being done by Raymond Smith Excavating, including a retaining wall that can be seen from Middletown Road. Russell Construction, out of Rutland, the construction contract. They have been busy completing the foundation and the first floor. Two underground water tanks for the sprinkler system were put in place last week. The construction crew is hard at work trying to get as much of the outside shell completed as they can by winter.
Members and friends of First Baptist Church are excited to see the progress of the construction. It’s been four years, since the previous building was destroyed by fire. They have planned a building that can be used for the current generation and for many generations to come. Tina Labeau, a long-time member of the church, said, “We’ve been preparing for this new building for such a long time. I stop by the work site frequently to see how everything is coming together. I can’t wait to be able to worship in this building, as well as serve the community with this building!”
First Baptist Church has experienced how it is possible to have a church without a building; however, those in the congregation are looking forward to sharing with the community. They would love to see the building be used for meetings and workshops by local Non-Profit organizations, for community meals, for Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ Southern VT events, and for weddings. They want to have the building used throughout the week.
While First Baptist Church had insurance from the fire, the cost of this building is greater due to it being a commercial building and being subject to all the codes, fire safety and ADA requirements. At this point they have enough funds to finish Phase 1 of the building project. Phase 1 of the church building includes the exterior of the building being completed (except for the steeple), and insulation with wall board installed, as well as mechanical, electrical, and the fire sprinkler systems roughed in. The boiler and radiant heat systems will be operational. To be able to use the building and get a ‘Certificate of Occupancy’ Phase 2 must be completed. Phase 2 includes the elevator, fire pump, flooring, doors, and light fixtures. Phase 2 requires an additional $600,000 in funding. Any donations great or small are appreciated. Gifts can be sent to: Post Office Box 278 South Londonderry, VT 05155 or given online at www.firstbaptistlondonderryvt.org.