Church growth leads to plans for new home

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August 31, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Old building to be used for Moran Public Library

MORAN — After 16 months of unprecedented growth, Moran Baptist is building a new church.
These days between 80 and 100 members fill the pews, a far cry from when Pastor Brock Goetsch first assumed the pulpit in May 2015.
Then, attendance hovered around 20. “Thirty on a good Sunday,” Goetsch said.
“The Lord’s been doing some great things here,” Goetsch said. “We’re excited about all of it.”
The congregation will host a groundbreaking ceremony during its 11 a.m. service Sunday. The site for the new church is on U.S. 54, immediately west of the Marmaton Valley High School football field.
The service will start at the church’s long-time home at the intersection of Spruce and Randolph streets.
“We’ll start here, and go through a few songs and a brief message and challenge,” Goetsch said. “Then we’ll head to the property to do the ceremony there.”
The centerpiece of the groundbreaking will be the laying of a Bible signed by all in attendance, to be buried beneath the building’s foundation.
“It’s a symbol that what we’re building is being built upon the word of God,” Goetsch said. “It’s a neat way for people to remember the occasion.”
The public, as with all Moran Baptist events, is invited.

THE CHURCH has set an ambitious construction schedule.
Goetsch hopes to see a shell erected by the end of October, with construction taking place through fall and winter.
“We should be fully in the new building, Lord willing, by February or March of next year,” he said. “It’d be nice to have our Easter service there, even if it’s not completely finished.”
If the Easter service is anything like this year’s they’ll need the space.
This year’s service drew a crowd of 129, with additional folding chairs placed alongside the church’s sanctuary to accommodate the large gathering.
The new building will feature a sanctuary with 12-foot ceilings to comfortably accommodate up to 250. A two-story section will sport seven classrooms, offices and a kitchen.
“And we’ll be looking to the future so if we need to, we can continue to grow,” Goetsch said.
The new church will be positioned so wings can be added to the new building.
Much of the land was donated by a church member. The congregation agreed to purchase another lot next door to give the church a total of about 5 acres.
“We just want to make sure we have the vision in place,” Goetsch said. “The Lord will do it if the Lord wants to do it.”

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