Spider Lake Church Vision for Harvest: Hayward Campus
Bethel Baptist Church Property
11255N State Highway 27 & 77, Hayward, WI
- The Bethel Baptist Church has:
- Seating capacity of 85 chairs, uses overhead projector and screen to display pictures and video during services, has a piano/organ, baptistery and several classrooms.
- Combination sanctuary and fellowship hall with an attached kitchen making it very useful for gatherings, celebrations, etc.
- Pastor’s office and separate church office
- Five acres plus a full paved basketball court and ample parking
- All on one level with handicapped access
- Close proximity to town and hospital
- Presently the church is incorporated as a 501.3.c non-profit
- Pastor is Bruce Fields who is retiring
- They want to transfer their property as soon as possible, not later than April 1st, so that is a deadline for us to decide and act.
- Bringing the Bethel Baptist Church property into Spider Lake Church provides several opportunities, not the least of which is a Hayward Campus. We could have the following special activities/services: (1) confirmation class, (2) youth activities, (3) baptisms, (4) Wednesday night services, and (5) Saturday night service there, (6) once-a-week soup kitchen, just to name a few. Focus at the Hayward Campus would be on growing our youth ministry so that youth attendance would significantly increase. We should pursue a new & dynamic Youth Minister for that purpose.
- Annual Costs for Bethel Baptist Church utilities currently:
- Data/communication: $2,500 budget; $2,582 actual
- Propane: $3,000 budget; $1,950 actual
- Electric: $1,000 budget; $797 actual
- Insurance: $2,300 budget; $2,300 actual
Totals $8,800 budget $7,629 actual
- The Main Campus would remain at Spider Lake, with a long-range improvement process including expanding the current parking lot, and expanding the fellowship hall with addition of classrooms.
- On Sunday, January 10, the Spider Lake Church Council voted unanimously to accept the gift of property from Bethel Baptist Church. Their council and congregation also voted to gift us with the property earlier in the week.
- A Congregational vote is planned for January 24, 2016, immediately after 0900 service, and absentee ballots will be sent to our “snowbirds”. If the Congregation approves this gift, details of the plan forward will be announced and discussed after the vote.
- We see this gift as an opportunity to reach others for Jesus Christ in a new and exciting way. In John 4:35-38, Jesus says, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” Praise the Lord!