Construction Updates




Episode Release Date* Episode Summary
Start 10/6/2019 This is the date of the break in and fire that happened at the church at approximately 10:30pm. Footage was taken the day of the aftermath, but has not been released to date.
1 10/19/2019 Josh & Connie Dobson take us through the first public look into the church since the fire on October 6.  This walkthrough gives us a look at the clean up project progress as of October 18 and shows some of the fire damage that is still evident even after the clean up.
2 10/26/2019 Josh & Connie take us through the cleanup efforts within our Sanctuary area.
3 11/2/2019 Josh & Connie smell some fresh paint...what could it be?
4 11/15/2019 Josh & Connie take us through the final leg of the cleaning project.
5 1/11/2020 Josh takes us on site to see the new progress on the roof project as well as gives an update from what the electricians have completed.  Filmed 1/10/2020.
6 2/1/2020 Josh takes us on a tour up into the rafters and showing us some of the progress made behind the baptistry and in the pastoral office.  Filmed 1/25/2020.
7 2/8/2020 Josh shows us the new door, takes us through the restrooms, and shows us the new insulation that has been sprayed on the underside of the roof.  Filmed 1/30/2020.
8 2/15/2020 Josh shows us the progress on the restrooms, the main hallway, and the new firewall. We also get a look at the progress on the rooms behind the baptistry.  Filmed 2/10/2020
9 2/22/2020 Josh & Connie take us on a tour to see the new paint job in the sanctuary, main hallway, and some of the other rooms.  Filmed 2/14/2020
10 2/29/2020 Josh stops in to drop some equipment off and discovers some "bright" developments with the progress in the church.  Filmed 2/21/2020
11 3/21/2020 As we are all at home to keep COVID-19 at bay, Josh & Connie made an exciting discovery on the progress at the church. Filmed 3/20/2020
12 4/4/2020 Do you hear what we hear? Josh & Connie take us on a tour to show off some of our new improvements in the sanctuary and the pastoral restroom. Filmed 3/30/2020
13 5/9/2020 Josh & Connie show us the new pastoral restroom and give us a rundown on how the reconstruction project is now quickly coming to a close. Filmed 5/4/2020
14 7/4/2020 In the 85 degree building, Josh & Connie show us views of the filled sanctuary, restored sound system, conference room, and even give us a glimpse of the live stream set.  We also get an update on the timeline of the emergency door and a potential for outdoor services in the future. Filmed 7/3/2020
15 9/5/2020 Can you believe it has been almost a year since the fire! Well, speaking of fire, Josh & Connie show us the first look at the construction of the promised fire exit door in the sanctuary. Filmed 8/30/2020
16 TBD This segment has not yet been filmed yet.
End ? The journey is not quite done as there are still some things that need to be done, specifically the exit door in the sanctuary and...well, moving all of our stuff back into the church.
*new episodes are released at 2pm on Facebook on the day specified.

Timeline for Completion:

December 2020


Late in the evening of October 6, 2019, tragedy struck the Gainesville Seventh-day Adventist Church as an intruder broke into the church and started the building on fire in the area behind the baptistry.  While the fire damage was not substantial, the smoke left the building with smoke damage extensive enough to require a complete overhaul of most of the church.
Yes, our church is deemed a construction zone and that leaves it as a "hard hat only" area.  But not to worry...our Communication Department will be hosting a series of episodes entitled "Church Improvement" to give everyone an inside look at what is actually going on behind the locked doors and sealed entrances of the building.
At this time we will NOT be releasing any of the fire damage photos, however, at an appropriate time we will call a special informational meeting to allow the church to view the photos, hear the details that we know about the event, and as well as ask any questions about the event and what effects it will have in the future.  This meeting has yet to be scheduled, but will be announced in advance to allow all the opportunity to attend.


Josh Dobson, Communications / Public Relations Director

Updated 10/20/2019


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