How Bellevue Has Changed

How much has Bellevue changed in 62 years?

The short answer is a lot!

The oldest part of our building was built in 1955 and the newest part in 1972. Back then, the church facility perfectly matched the community around it. Since then, so much has changed that it has left us playing a bit of catch up. Bellevue is now a high-tech, high-rise, modern city.

Take a look at how this same intersection in Bellevue has changed between 1955 and today:
Not only has the culture changed around us, but the streets themselves have quite literally changed around us. When the city expanded 140th Ave NE, it forced the church to abandon the original parking lot and main entrance there. Everything was moved to the back of the building and there are still some odd leftovers from this change. All of that has made it a lot more confusing for people who are coming for the first time.

Take a look at how much 1-405 has expanded between 1969 and today: 
The church building matched the community perfectly in 1955 and 1972. Does it perfectly match it today in 2022?

No, but it can!

If we want to effectively reach the new population of Bellevue we need to update our campus to match this current reality. We can have a facility that people, both churched and unchurched, love to gather in. It can be the kind of place that inspires us, equips us to make disciples, and reflects the beauty of our Creator.

The great news is that we don't need a new building to do that, we just need to maximize our current building. It's already got great bones, desirable architectural features, and enough space to grow in. That's why we're  focusing our initial efforts on remodeling our existing facility.

That is the work that the Campus Master Planning Committee took on early in 2021, and that'll be the topic of the next post.

How have you experienced the cultural change around us?
 - Pastor Eric

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