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Sherwood to break ground on expansion

ALBANY, Ga. — Sherwood Baptist Church is breaking ground today on an expansion at the church’s campus that is being funded through a $25 million, multi-year campaign to build on its presence on a regional and global level.

The “Vision 2020: Meet the Need” campaign, announced publicly in January 2012, has been ongoing as a means to broaden mission activities as well as expand and upgrade facilities at the Whispering Pines Road church.

Church officials said in a news release Friday that the groundbreaking will take place at 7:30 p.m. today following Sherwood’s evening service at the corner of Acker Drive and Doncaster Drive, adjacent to Sherwood Acres Elementary School. Senior Pastor Michael Catt, as well as representatives from the contractor and bank attached to the project, will be among those in attendance.

“Now we put our words and commitment into action,” Catt said. “Last January, we set forth a goal for ourselves, to have the faith and determination to fulfill this dream, and today, that vision now becomes a reality.”

The campus expansion is set to include — among other things — a renovated space for preschool and youth, a new main entrance, a new kitchen, expanded hallways, an expanded bookstore and fellowship center as well as a new indoor playground and coffee shop.

“The big news is that ‘Meet the Need’ is a reality,” said Children’s Associate Pastor David Joiner. “This groundbreaking marks a new point in the exciting growth and continued ministry of Sherwood. It is so vital that our church keeps its commitment to minister and serve the children of the church and community, and this groundbreaking is strong proof to that commitment.”

The church has already collected $1,707,116.42 from the membership, and that amount has been matched dollar-for-dollar by Sherwood Pictures — the moviemaking arm of the church — for a total of $3,414,232.84 to date.

Plans for the campaign include an expansion of Sherwood Christian Academy’s facilities, as well as continued support of the International Mission Board, church, officials say.

Church officials said Friday that all the projects attached to the campaign are set for completion by late 2016.

More information on Vision 2020 is available at http://meettheneed.sherwoodbaptist.net.

Comments

BettyBowTie 1 year, 4 months ago

Money better spent elsewhere I would think. Why does Sherwood have to be the biggest at everything?

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

For the same reason Phoebe does.

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AlbanyDad 1 year, 4 months ago

Yeah, I agree!! But try to work with them and they want your talents for free!!! Do it for the Lord...this is what they will tell you. Funny thing is their top people get paid, but you need to give them (for free) your work.

No thanks Sherwood...you are no better than some of the other churches!!!

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

I think you are doing things for the wrong reasons, AlbanyDad. Do you expect to get paid to teach Sunday School??

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Do not destroy more homes and damage the community with your development,. You ruined a lovely neighborhood already. Also pay your property taxes.

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Nonsporting 1 year, 4 months ago

Pay. Property. Tax. Also, is all that movie income taxed??? Because, if not, why???

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Great question........but nobody who knows will answer it. "Not our business" and the Herald won't investigate it.

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RedEric 1 year, 4 months ago

This is pocket change for this " church", a highly profitable business. A highly profitable business that should pay taxes as the rest of Albany's businesses. Property tax rolls are being reduced with the expansion of this business. People have the right to give whatever they want to Sherwood as I have the right to refuse to give them anything. By not paying for their share of the cost to run Albany they are taking from me. I don't like that.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 4 months ago

Can someone explain to me why a church would need a coffee shop?

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

Either a good source of more revenue or a respite from a poor sermon! Phoebe pays tax on its two. Will Sherwood?

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Amazed2 1 year, 4 months ago

A lot of churches large and small have coffee shops. Good for youth and fellowship. Guess you don't see the inside of churches much these days.

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Amazed2 1 year, 4 months ago

Most of you all sound like jealous little children.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes, I am very jealous of having to pay taxes for community services for non-taxpaying entities who gobble up the tax base and destroy taxable homes in a nice neighborhood. This includes Sherwood, Phoebe Health Systems (not hospital), Second Great Mount Tuna Church of Olives and any other scoundrels. I am damned jealous.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, Fryar, this issue goes on in every city in America so get used to it.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

For all you people who want churches to pay taxes on their income...Fast forward not too many years into the future (especially if the Democrats keep the White House and gain the House of Reps next time).....any church in the USA who preaches against homosexuality and will NOT marry same-gender couples........is going to lose their tax-exempt status. A Prophetic Utterance made this day, April 7, 2013.

Having said that, I think that "movie ministry money" should be taxed already.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Sister, you have been nipping on your cactus pudding today, communing with the tribe so to speak. I can tell it in the unstable thought pattern there. We're talking about property taxes as well as movie ministry taxes. Oh and by the way, movie ministry revenue is church income. Has nothing to do with Sugar Lips Obi Wan and the homersexuals. I'm wanting the property taxes to be paid on all property and I do mean all property save governmental function property. Are you with me on this sweetheart?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Too bad they couldn't find the money to continue their Day Care Ministry.

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Cartman 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow. They have collected their money and given it to the Lord to expand the ministry and improve their facilities. Sherwood Baptist Church is one of the few success stories of Albany right now. They have been financially blessed and routinely share that money outside their walls. How could anyone have a problem with that?

I'm not a member of Sherwood but I know quite a few members. They are good folks. God bless them.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

How dare you speak favorably for the big bad Sherwood Baptist Church!

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 4 months ago

As I stand here Frying My Turkey (spiritually) and not to throw in the race card or anything, it sure as Heaven is interesting how Sherwood and Phoebe Health Systems can get their names respectfully indicated. Yet, when it comes to Greater Second Mount Olive, the name of the organization is trashed because I know goodness well that the Right Good Blogger above knew the correct name.

Guess what - News Breaking News -------- The stench in the community that will cause Proctor and Gamble to leave due to a monopoly on health care pricing in SWGA is sure not coming from Mount Olive if you get my whiff of shark.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

SBC needs to spread the love to SCA a little more. Building more athletic fields isn't the only answer to SCA's problems.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Well I just say to my Bruhhs and Sisssus at Sherrrwood to "Get all you Can and Can all you Get". Just like they do in Hollywood.

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