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North Point Church getting new home
POULSBO — North Point Church’s congregation is celebrating a new beginning.
Construction on a new building began March 28. The new 11,000 square-foot building, located on just less than five acres across from North Kitsap High School on Hostmark Street, will allow classrooms and services to be centrally located.
North Kitsap High School currently hosts Sunday services, a high school activity program and a nursery. The North Point Church main office, middle school and kindergarten through grade school activity programs are conducted in building across Hostmark Street.
“It’s been a long haul,” elder Kathy Smith said. “It’s taken us a while to get to this point.”
The new building will feature a multi-use worship area with a seating capacity of 266 people, a kitchen, a common fellowship area, a small office, a nursery and three spacious classrooms, among other additions.
Sunday services begin at the North Kitsap High School commons at 9:30 a.m. but for congregation volunteers it begins around 7:30 a.m., when they haul their “church in a box,” to the school to set up, Smith said. They have to rent the commons from the school and can, on occasion, get ousted from the facility if another event is scheduled. Without a stable location for events and services, it has been quite a challenge to assist the needs of their congregation.
“We’ve been growing by leaps and bounds,” Smith said. “Every time we went to the congregation (for more help), they unanimously went ‘go ahead, we’ll be there and support it.’”
With 153 members involved, the outpour of support amidst the economic crunch has been amazing, Smith said.
It took the congregation five years of planning and more than a year to find a loan for their estimated $1.2 million building. Donation pledges, grants and debentures — a type of bond debt security — enabled the North Point Church congregation to show their eventual loaner, Liberty Bank, they meant business.
Debentures are a fundraising tool working as an investment. The congregation will pay a 4 percent interest on a $10,000 bond and is able to hold on to the money for anywhere from three to 13 years. When the allotted time of the bond ends, the congregation has the option of cashing out its $10,000, with interest, or reinvesting it. Debentures have raised close to $500,000. New pledges broken down over time have helped raise a little more than $1 million in funding for the church as well.
The congregation has really stepped with support, Smith said.
“Everybody kind of balances and gives any way they can whether it’s monetary or with time, which is just as important,” Smith said.