At a business meeting following the Sunday morning worship service on Dec. 8, the membership of Columbia Street Baptist Church (CSBC) approved Phase One of the construction project in its education building next door to the church.
Phase One of the projected $395,000 project is for a new heating system, the re-location of the entrance door to make the building wheelchair accessible, a secure lobby, new access to the gymnasium and climbing wall on the second floor, new bathrooms and new, secure staff facilities. The cost of Phase One is projected at $150,000.
The 10,000 square foot education building is intended as a community center for social services to the west side residential community, assisting the City of Bangor in its continuing effort to address the growing problem of homelessness and substance abuse. Dedication of the gymnasium and new climbing wall is expected to be scheduled for mid-January, 2014.
Senior Pastor, Stan Moody, expressed great enthusiasm for the project. “CSBC is positioned to become a key partner with the City of Bangor and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department in providing resources to empower our dispossessed neighbors to rise above their circumstances. This signals the beginning of what I have referred to as the Columbia Street Project, intended to become a lighthouse to those willing to invest themselves in their own futures.”
On the table are such possibilities as entrepreneurial development, job training, collaborative partnerships with social service agencies, rehabilitation of distressed housing, and a sports program. CSBC recently announced a partnership with The Mansion, a ministry to street people in Bangor. The church, through The Mansion, its weekly community lunch and its partnership with Celebrate Recovery, already directly impacts the lives of some 200 struggling people on a weekly basis.
The church partnered with Manna Ministries to share Thanksgiving Dinner with several hundred people.
“While the road ahead is fraught with uncertainty, risk and pitfalls, we are seeing lives changed and people welcoming the opportunity to become part of an established outreach ministry,” Moody says. “CSBC, by virtue of its location, is uniquely situated to reach the dispossessed community and provide a venue for membership ready and willing to share its resources with those who are struggling to survive.”
Rev. Dr. Stan Moody 207-607-3055