Serving as construction manger for the project is Myler, Inc. “The Church Building People” out of Crawfordsville, Ind. Myler has designed and built over 1,000 churches in the last 30 years.
Phase I of this project calls for a multi-purpose facility of some 18,500 square feet to be constructed on the 15-plus acres owned by the church. Additional phases will include a Family Life facility, additional administrative and classroom space and a sanctuary. Myler, Inc. has indicated that construction on this first phase of the project should be completed in about 11 months.
Cadiz UMC pastor, The Rev. Steve Spitzer, explained the “multi-purpose” nature of the new facility.
“We will have a large area specially designed to seat 450 in worship in very comfortable, pew-like chairs,” Spitzer said. “However, that same area can easily be used to seat 250-300 at a fellowship meal or converted in a matter of minutes to a middle school-sized basketball floor. It is a concept being utilized in new church buildings across the country and works extremely well.”
Spitzer experienced this kind of facility when he served the Trinity UMC in Paducah a few years ago.
“It is incredible how a building like this works,” Spitzer said. “The beauty of it is that it is easily adjusted to get premium use of available space. When it is set up for worship, it will be as nice and worshipful as anyone’s sanctuary, with a wonderful sound system, media system and lighting. Likewise, when it is set up for a fellowship or recreation, the building works extremely well.”
The facility will also include a full commercial kitchen capable of feeding 500 and ample administrative and classroom space for the congregation. Plans also include restrooms with shower facilities and the ability for the building to operate off generator power.
Cadiz UMC Building Committee Chairperson Sarah Rogers said, “After last year’s ice storm, our building committee went back and revamped our plans to include the showers and generator capabilities. If needed, our church building can be used as a community shelter and/or disaster-relief facility.”
Those attending the groundbreaking service heard Dr. Jay Smith, Madisonville District Superintendent of the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church, challenge the congregation to remember that this new facility belongs to God.
Also in attendance was The Rev. Becki Curry, Assistant to Bishop Lindsey Davis, of the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. Local officials in attendance were Cadiz City Councilman Frankie Phillips, Circuit Judge W.A. “Woody” Woodall, District Judge Jamus Redd and State Representative Melvin Henley.
“Our church building has long operated as a sort of community center for Cadiz and Trigg county,” Spitzer said. “A number of community groups use our facility. We plan to continue that tradition in our new facility and look forward to serving the people of this area in the name of Christ.”
(This press release was submitted by Cadiz United Methodist Church Administrative Assistant Cindy Swaw.)