First Baptist Church Beaufort

Vision Plan Update

December 29, 2019


  • Several positive things have taken place since our last update on November 15th.

  • We have received good news from Kyle Garner, who is the Town Planner for Beaufort, NC.

  • Kyle met with his legal and management team. They found administrative rules that allow us to renovate the parking lot and subdivide the three lots on Ann Street without having to apply and present to three town boards, normally involved in this process. This will save thousands of dollars and months of time.

  • We will still have to obtain permission from the Historic Commission to remove the parsonage building and conform to the Historic Commissions Guidelines’ for Downtown Historic Beaufort.

  • We should be able to obtain our Building Permits by the end of the first week in February

  • We have been approved by First Citizens Bank for a $350,000 loan which we will close on by mid-January.

  • The loan is less than we requested and less than we will need for our first phase of renovation.

  • However, with the loan added to our savings we will be able to start our project and stay on schedule as The Lord continues to provide through our congregation and community support.

  • Please continue to pray that we can trust God to do great things through us, His servants

  • This time last year we were praying that God would provide someone to help us with our parking lot management requirements.

  • He provided an acceptable solution in February and we put together a good arrangement that turned out to be less than we had anticipated.

  • But even so, the total net parking lot revenue for the year was approximately $31,500 just down from the $36,000 the town paid us in the prior year. Praise the Lord, right!

  • This year we have four companies bidding for the parking lot business. Attached is a plan with all four proposals and the parking committee’s recommendation.

  • The Building & Grounds, Finance and Trustee Committees have had three meetings with our architects.

  • In those meetings we have analyzed our current use and identified areas of improvements that we would like to facilitate.

  • We have a final planning meeting with our architects on Monday, January 6, 2020.

  • In this meeting, we will establish priorities that are within our first phase budget.

  • Please continue to pray for our leaders as we make decisions that will affect all of us and our future generations.

  • We are considering a fourth Bible Study starting in mid-January that will cover the book of James.

  • The lesson is titled “Faith That Works”. Let us know if you are interested.

  • We have completed three community network events with great success.

  • The Beaufort History Documentary sponsored by our own Judy Adams featured five of our church family members. The ‘Beaufort Remembers’ Premiere was hosted by the New Beaufort Hotel to an audience of over 325 people. Judy hosted a second showing in the FBC Fellowship Hall the following week with about 60 people present.

  • The FBC was featured on Beaufort’s Christmas Candlelight Tour. Annette Goodwin displayed her collection of beautifully handmade miniature homes. Rodney Goodwin shared a rare collection of Biblical coins and Dianne Garner showed her Nativity Scene with hundreds of pieces creating the perfect image of “That Night in Bethlehem.” Karen Eubanks-Green played Christmas music for over three hours. We had between 250 and 300 visitors in the church.

FBC Beaufort
Harbor of Hope
403 Ann Street 
Beaufort, NC 28516
Phone: 252-728-4879
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