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Covenant Presbyterian Church, which opened at 3003 Northland
in 1965, has experienced steady growth in membership and participation in small
group, educational and outreach or mission activities, and the church’s campus
has been filled beyond capacity for some time. In 2003, a committee was formed
to study buildings and grounds requirements, a survey gathered input from the
membership in 2004, 

and in 2005, the church’s governing body formed an
Executive Coordinating Committee (ECC) to guide the process of decision-making.
The resulting campus master plan, Building Beyond Boundaries, focuses on
creating many and varied spaces for a wide range of activities, and the
membership approved a capital campaign to raise up to $12 million for elements
of the plan.

These include remodeling the Sanctuary to expand choir
facilities, update sound and lighting and other improvements; remodeling Eaton
Hall to serve as the pre-school; and construction of a multi-purpose Fellowship
and Education Building with worship/fellowship space, meeting rooms, a
gym/activity area, chapel, and more. The Fellowship and Education Building will stand where
Children’s Hall is now.

Portable buildings have been temporarily installed in the
parking lot to provide space for Sunday School and preschool classes during
renovation and construction. Improvements are being made to the portables,
including installation of electricity and outside lighting, renovation of the
interiors, decking to connect the buildings, and skirting around the bottom of each.
Addition of bathrooms in some of the buildings will require plumbing lines that
will connect to a new sewer line installed as part of the overall project. This
sewer line will require digging up part of the parking lot, and although every
effort will be made to schedule work to minimize disruption, the church is a
busy place, and there will no doubt be some inconvenience to those coming onto
campus. The church will continue to have a shuttle to remote parking on Sunday
mornings.

"We consider it a blessing that our campus is stretched
beyond capacity," said Wick Alexander, chair of the ECC. "So many
people want to be part of this special place, and for a number of years, we
have worked on our space problem. Ultimately, we elected to remain at this location,
where we have a lot of history, and where we serve as a neighborhood church.
The campus plan is part of our larger mission to equip our members and seekers
for God’s work here and around the world, with children, youth, and
adults." If you have questions about the campus plan or schedule, call
Wick Alexander at 542-3220 or senior pastor Rick Murray at 454-5231.