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VOL. 112 | NO. 43 | Wednesday, March 18, 1998

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By LAURIE JOHNSON Temple of Deliverance COGIC to build new sanctuary By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News The Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ has started construction of a new worship center next to its existing church at 369 E. Calhoun Street Downtown. The 91,000-square-foot facility, which will cost about $9 million to build, will seat up to 4,000, more than double the capacity of the churchs current sanctuary. Temple of Deliverance pastor and founder Bishop G. E. Patterson said the church needed the larger facility in order to accomodate its congregation, which has grown to 12,000 since its founding 23 years ago. About 4,700 regularly attend services at Temple of Deliverance, which is Memphis second-largest COGIC church, and this has put a strain on its existing sanctuary, which seats about 1,800. "Our worship center Downtown is just too small," he said. "What happened was that our 11 a.m. worship ended up overflowing into the basement. "We would seat about 300 or so in the basement, where they could watch the service on closed circuit TV, and yet, we were turning 200 to 300 away each Sunday." To retain its membership, the church has been offering two Sunday morning services. The church also has a Whitehaven location at 250 E. Raines Road, which holds services at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. each Sunday. Patterson, who speaks at all four services, said a new facility also would allow his schedule to return to normal. "With the one at Whitehaven, that gives me three daytime worship celebrations. When you add the one at night, that gives me four services per Sunday. Thats a little much. "Once we get into the new facity, then we will come back to just two morning worship celebrations each Sunday one in Whitehaven and one Downtown." The new church is expected to be completed in April 1999, Patterson said. Houston, Texas-based Century Builders Inc., is the general contractor for the project. The church, which will be an octagon-shaped structure with a semicircular auditorium, was designed by Otrowski & Dixon, also of Houston. "We chose these firms because they specialize in church building," Patterson said. The new building also will have a state-of-the-art audio-visual center for the churchs television ministry, as well as large projection screens for the benefit of people sitting near the back of the church. Temple of Deliverance COGIC is financing the project through the National Bank of Commerce. Patterson said once the new building is completed, the existing building will be used as a multipurpose Christian Life Center. He said the church had no plans for any other expansion or renovation projects.           Other location is at Raines and Neely. The old Mississippi Boulevard Chrisian Church. Will keep Whitehaven location, because the Whitehaven location serves a number of purposes.. It has our daily office operations for membership, mail center, telephone center that and support for television ministry. Has one worship celebration at 7:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., which will continue. Any other renovations planned for the future. Not at this time. Last project: Purchased Whitehaven location in October 1992. Ever since weve been here, weve been gradually renovating it. Not anything that required a loan, but as contributions allowed. It has been about 70 percent renovated from the state it was in when COGIC church purchased it. Renovations to the existing building will also be done on a gradual basis, as contributions allow. Most of what we do, when it comes to acquiring additional properties and renovating, is done accroding to cash flow and on a gradual basis.                 8.5 million for new sanctuary at 369 East Calhoun. Next to our present building. Is on a 20 acre lot the church has owned since 1983. Located near Downtown, at Calhoun at Mississippi. Just to the west of Mississippi and Calhoun. New facility will replace current sanctuary. Once the new building is completed, we will turn the present structure into a multi purpose buioding, a Christian Life center. The new facility will be our main worship center. The new facility willseat about 4,000. We are one church in two locaitons. Current seats about 1,800 to 2,000. Other location is at Raines and Neely. The old Mississippi Boulevard Chrisian Church. Will keep Whitehaven location, because the Whitehaven location serves a number of purposes.. It has our daily office operations for membership, mail center, telephone center that and support for television ministry. Has one worship celebration at 7:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., which will continue. Why are you building new sanctuary: Our worship center Downtown is just too small. What was happening was that the 11 a.m. worship was overflowing into the basement, and we would seat abou5 300 or so in the basement, where they could watch the service on closed circuit TV. And yet, we were turning 200 or 300 away. So in order toetain the people, we went from one 11 service to two, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon. With the one at Whitehaven, that gives me three daytime worship celebrations. When you add the night, that gives me four services per Sunday. Thats a little much. He speaks at all four services. Once we get into the new facity, then we will come back to just two worship celebrations - the one in Whtehaven and the one Downtownn. Will double the space the church currently has. Will be finished in 14 months, April of 1999.   There will be just the necessary space that is necessary for worhsip. We have adquate space for nurseries, restrooms, a choir room. Our office facilities, As far as anything in the way of classrooms, we will put that into what is now the present structure. That will be a multipurpose building. The new facility is basically going to be worship space. Also will have a television studio for upgraded audio visual capabilties. Naturally, with a building that large, there will be two large projecttion screen for people seated near the back. Will be 91,000 square feet. Old building had basement, main level and balcony. New buiding will have risers, two levels of risers instead of a balcony., How has congregatoin grown. The church is 23 years old. And in the 23 years weve been established, weve taken in right at 12,000. We carry about 4,700 on our active membership roll. Active members are those that actually participate in church services that year. You have some folks who are regulars, you have some that show up every year or two. Is a word-centered ministry. The preaching and teachong of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is where the strength of our church is. Temple of Deliverance COGIC. Services are on four national networks under the name Bountiful Blessings Broadcast. Is the second largest COGIC church in Memphis. Any other renovations planned for the future. Not at this time. Last project: Purchased Whitehaven location in October 1992. Ever since weve been here, weve been gradually renovating it. Not anything that required a loan, but as contributions allowed. It has been about 70 percent renovated from the state it was in when COGIC church purchased it. Renovations to the existing building will also be done on a gradual basis, as contributions allow. Most of what we do, when it comes to acquiring additional properties and renovating, is done accroding to cash flow and on a gradual basis. The cost of the building is 8.6 million. Total proejct is expected to cost a little more than 9 million. Century Builders are a design/build company out of Houston, Texas. General contractor. Architect: Ostrowski & Dixon, a Houston architecture firm specializing in church desing. Style: Octagon-shaped building, with a modern brick exterior. Will be somewhat similar to Germantown Baptist. Inside, will have a semicircular auditorium, We are excited about this new facility, and we are looking forward to its completion. Bishop G. E. Patterson, the pastor and founder of the church. National Bank of Commerce is providing financing for the project.      
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 143 381 16,005
MORTGAGES 148 432 18,480
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 14 48 2,453
BUILDING PERMITS 184 635 33,149
BANKRUPTCIES 59 237 10,250
BUSINESS LICENSES 37 110 5,288
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 16 108 6,256
MARRIAGE LICENSES 16 79 3,492