Village Presbyterian ready to build

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Community Presbyterian Church will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its church campus expansion project. Following the traditional morning worship service, the construction kick-off event will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at 6225 Paseo Delicias.
“We want all to come and share this joyous time with us,” Rev. Jack Baca said. “We realize that this is not about just a building of brick and mortar but about building a church community that is growing both spiritually and physically.”
More than five years in the planning, the much-anticipated $19 million church campus rebuilding program will take approximately 16 months with a completion date estimated for the first quarter of 2010, Don MacNeil, chairman for the Building Committee, said.
“Now that we have all of the approvals and permits, construction should progress on schedule and soon the Village will have a glorious worship facility that will serve as a community touchstone,” he said. “We’re also on the final phase of our fundraising efforts that have benefited greatly from the generosity of our many congregation members and community supporters.”
Designed by San Diego-based Domus Studio Architects, the project includes two new buildings. The new two-story, 25,420-square-foot Sanctuary building will have a seating capacity of 592 and includes a new worship space, music facilities and administrative offices. The majority of the existing sanctuary is being demolished except for the original front portion of the building, which will be used as a small chapel. The existing space had so much history with the parishioners, it was requested in the design criteria to remain. The space will be used for weddings and funerals as well as worship events.