Seaside Breaks Ground on Sanctuary Addition

August 08, 2017 | Diane Kleeman

The Seaside Church in Seaside, Ore., decided to step out in faith to build the sanctuary addition that had been the plan when the Sabbath School wing was originally built in the 1960s. In January 2016 members increased their monthly budget four times over from what it was before — and God blessed.

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the Seaside Church celebrated with the groundbreaking ceremony for their new sanctuary. Attending and breaking ground were Jay Barber, Seaside mayor; Chuck Burkeen, Oregon Conference ministerial director; Don Kirkman, architect; Ed Jensen, Maranatha building representative; Greg Kabanuk, head elder; Kruparao Kancharla, head of the building committee; Adel Abdelfadi, treasurer; John Hill, excavator contractor; Anish Nakka, youth representative; and William Smith, pastor. Also attending was Paul Christensen, civil engineer.

The celebration weekend began with a concert by Homeward, a vocal quintet, on Sabbath evening. We had many people present, including current and former members from other area churches who braved the Memorial Day weekend traffic to support our joyful occasion.

Since this wonderful day God has blessed with perfect weather to move forward with the excavation and foundation so we will be ready in August when Maranatha arrives to construct the new sanctuary.

It is not too late to participate in this project with donations or help with the finish work. We would be grateful and rejoice. If you have questions, email William “Bill” Smith, or call 503-409-6908.