Lake Wylie Lutheran Church is outgrowing the small church building at the corner of Gold Hill Road and Hwy. 160 West, but the church has a three-phase plan to remedy that.
"It's been a long time coming," church spokeswoman Dottie France said.
The 23-year-old church got a new pastor, Rufus "Pastor Rammy" Lybrand, in October, and plans were already underway to build a new family life center/fellowship hall, a columbarium (to store cremated remains) with a chapel and an education building, and to renovate the existing sanctuary, France said.
The 5,747-square-foot family life center/fellowship hall is phase one. It will include a full kitchen and a foyer, as well as a large meeting space. The church plans to use it for meetings and events and may open it to other community groups.
"We hope to break ground in February and finish in August," France said.
During the construction, the church will also get rid of its septic system and connect to York County water and sewer service. The new center will be located behind the church along the Gold Hill Road side of its property.
The sanctuary renovations and columbarium and chapel are planned for phase two. The congregation will hold services in the fellowship hall during the renovations.
Once the sanctuary renovations are finished and the columbarium installed, the church will move to phase three and build a new education building. The new building in needed because Lake Wylie Lutheran's preschool program is full and the church wants to be able to serve more people, France said.
"We've got a whole lot of changes. We're going to see a whole lot of wonderful things on that corner," France said.