Steel Standing

If you've driven by the gym in the past couple days you surely have noticed the 48-foot steel columns peering into the sky. It seems like it all happened overnight! This is encouraging in many ways... progress always is!

On May 3rd, we joined together with TCS students (and students all across the nation) in the National Day of Prayer. A reminder to us all to give thanks and pray for our country, our leaders, and our schools. God has blessed us so much with all that we have available on our campus, how can we not thank Him for His goodness?

As we continue to see the progress taking place on campus, will you join us as we continue to pray for our students and our leaders? Not just for them, but also for the workers who are helping to improve our campus. It's my prayer that our students will be living examples of the work of Christ in our lives and that those who come to our campus will feel the presence of God.

 

 Check out the walls! These will be the locker rooms, and also the foundation to the new weight room.

Check out the walls! These will be the locker rooms, and also the foundation to the new weight room.

Up in the Sky?!

No doubt you've noticed the workers on the roof of the PreK/Student Hall. No big deal... just a few roof renovations to keep all the rain on the outside of the building. Also, they've been giving the Trinity Church staff a treat with their apparent wrestling matches overhead... at least, that's what it sounds like.

 Loads of roofing material being prepared to make their way to the top of the PreK building for repairs. Some of this material will also fix some of the problem leaks on the Elementary building.

Loads of roofing material being prepared to make their way to the top of the PreK building for repairs. Some of this material will also fix some of the problem leaks on the Elementary building.

Weight a second

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The picture above shows the progress of the locker/weight room on the new building. It might not look like much now, but soon our TCS students will be pumping iron and prepping for the big game in this space!

The track level portion of this building will house boys and girls locker rooms. The second floor will house the TCS weight room and coaches offices. This portion of the building will be connected to the High School building by the multipurpose room that will be used as a cafeteria,, worship center for Chapel Days, and a practice room for our cheer squads... to name a few.

 Humble Beginnings .... a lot of rock was cleared to make way for the weight room.

Humble Beginnings .... a lot of rock was cleared to make way for the weight room.

A Good Foundation

After much delay due to the rain, we finally have a foundation for the High School!

When I was a Middle schooler my feet grew first, I always felt like the rest of my body was trying to catch up with my feet. It was an awkward time full of tripping and frustration... my Mom used to tell me, "Every building has to have a good foundation..." and that in time, I would grow into mine.

While there are many parallels that can be made in a spiritual sense, we only need remember the true foundation that we need is Jesus Christ. Upon Him, we build up our lives to become the person God has designed us to be.

While the foundation of our High School building is made of steel and concrete, the foundation of our School is Christ. He is the one that prepares us for Life... Natural, Spiritual, and Eternal. I know the students that will walk these halls will have times of tripping up and certainly moments of awkwardness, but in time they too will grow upon the foundation that is being prepared in their lives.

Rain Delays

When we started the process to begin building there were a few hurdles that required us to wait for a little. In that waiting, we gained access to a blessing of an APR that will allow us to save thousands over the life of the loan.

Over the last couple weeks, we have experienced plenty of rain... so far we have lost 15 days to the rain. While waiting may not be inherent to our modern culture, we know that God is at work, and we trust that His plans. 

Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.
— Joyce Meyer, Christian author and teacher

A few noteworthy things have happened though...

Rock blasting is finally over! The minor tremors on campus were fun for a little while, but we're glad they're gone.

Foundations are forming - Digging of footings for the 3 story classroom building will begin next week (week of March 19th).

Multi-tasking for Multi-purpose - The concrete slab will be poured while continuing to remove rock from Multi-purpose Room & Weight / Locker Room areas.

Steel Here - The main support structure for the High School has arrived on campus.

Steel Delivery

The 'bones" of the new High School have arrived to our campus!

... a place for detention

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We've had a couple questions come through regarding the massive hole and dirt mound at the main entrance along Hwy 54. The short answer, it's for detention.... but not the kind that you would think.

All of the disturbed earth that you see at the main campus entrance is to make way for parking. Yes, even the playground area (that paradise where my youngest used to play), will be paved and striped for parking (there's a Joni Mitchell song reference in there). This new parking area will be valuable space for all the new students that will be on campus, in addition to all the folks who show up for any of the TCS home games, Fine Arts presentations, and church or school specials. 

Because of all the paved ground, there will be less space for water to absorb, so there needs to be a place to detain the water that accumulates after the rain... so the detention pond is greatly needed (and required by civil engineers). Unfortunately, the TCS swim team will not be allowed to practice laps here... sorry.

The gravel road that the trucks use to haul loads of dirt across will eventually become the access to the new parking area. There will be two access points, one off the main entrance to campus and another behind the Church Office/Kindergarten and PreK building.

Here's a fun fact: Most, if not all, of the dirt used to level the new parking area, comes from the land that is being cleared for the new high school.

So what's happening behind the green fence?

I'm sure you've driven on the Trinity campus over the last few weeks and have seen all the construction equipment and have wondered "what's going on here?". Is the church building a new sanctuary, is the school putting in a pool, are we starting a farm? And what's up with the playgrounds?

It is our hope that we can answer most of your questions here, but the short answer for now is, our campus is expanding to include a building for our High School. Due to be complete August 2018, our main campus will not only house our church and pre-K through middle school but our high school as well!

Over the next few months, we will be posting regularly on the construction taking place on our campus.

It all starts with a bang! The video above captures one of the blasts that helps clear the rock for the new High School building.