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Rancho Community Church breaks ground, continues growth

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Issue 32, Volume 18.
Michelle Mears-Gerst
Special to the Valley News

The future, present and past were intertwined with the young and old of all ages attending an official groundbreaking for a new facility at Rancho Community Church. Since people of all ages were at the event it seemed fitting the newest phase of construction for Rancho Community Church and Rancho Christian Schools would be called "Generations."

On Saturday, August 3 a ground breaking ceremony was held to start the building of a 80,000 square foot expansion campus. This campus will include many vital facilities that will help fuel the mission of the church and school for the next decade as they service the Temecula Valley.

Located off the Temecula Parkway, the campus will be referred to as the "Generations" building, and will provide world-class facilities for every age.

The groundbreaking started under gray skies with rain clouds looming over the ceremony. President and Lead Pastor of Rancho Community Church Scott Treadway was concerned over flooding during the ceremony. He said he didn’t pull permits yet for Noah’s Ark and was doubtful they could be pulled in time even though city officials were in attendance.

This third phase of expansion will include a new Rancho Christian School Middle School campus, a new Rancho Christian High School campus, a gymnasium, a student union center, a cafeteria, four science labs, a STEM lab, art rooms, and a performing arts center. This facility will be a premier school campus in the valley.

Families and children at the

ceremony were able to write messages on stones that will be used in the new construction and were handed shovels to participate in the Advertisement
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groundbreaking as a community action event.

The Generation building will also offer new worship facilities for Rancho Community Church, including a 1,400-seat contemporary worship venue, a 400-seat traditional worship venue, a new nursery, new Sunday school rooms, and a youth activity center that will also be open as a recreation center for community youth. This campus will enable the church to continue its mission to grow as a family of faith, build stronger families, and help those in need.

Temecula Mayor Maryanne Edwards was in attendance at the event. A long standing member of the church, Edwards said she was excited to see the facility blossom into something that would benefit the Rancho Christian students as well as the community at large.

"This is another landmark day," Edwards said. "This 85,000 square foot building will not only serve Rancho Christian School and Rancho Community Church, it will also be a wonderful asset for the community for meetings, classes, concerts and more."

Pastor Treadway agreed with that sentiment, saying that the facility would be a great way to reach out to those in need.

"We are building something wonderful together for the generations, not to just meet the needs of our growing church and school, but a campus that will allow us to continue to demonstrate the grace of God to community students, youth, families, and people in need," Treadway said.

Initial construction has already begun and it the Generations building is expected to open August 2015 in time for the 2015-16 school year. The church and school campus is located at 31300 Rancho Community Way in Temecula.



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