The Building the Body of Christ project’s mission is threefold:
Spiritual: To worship the Holy Trinity in liturgy and sacrament preserving the Apostolic faith so that we become more Christ-like and attain salvation.
Communal: To be a community of mutual love, family fellowship, and active ministry.
Physical: To build an Orthodox church with Byzantine architectural design allowing for growth in our community. This church will serve as a witness of Orthodox Faith in the Tri-Valley area.
Our parish has continued to strive to fulfill Resurrection’s mission “to bring people closer to God by witnessing, proclaiming, and growing our Orthodox Christian Faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ through liturgy, ministries, community, and family” for over 45 years. We have a thriving and growing community, with many opportunities for prayer, ministry, and fellowship.
Over four years ago, our community “cast our nets,” beginning our capital campaign to purchase a property and build a new sanctuary to further witness our faith. As Jesus says, “all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). With already $3.04 million pledged by only 43 families, we are excited to now begin “Building the Body of Christ” in Pleasanton!
July 2020 Update
We are encouraged by good progress on our plans to build the future home of our Parish. In the last week of June, we heard back from the city of Pleasanton, after their initial review of our submitted plans. Overall, the comments are positive, and the Property Purchase Committee continues to work with our project manager and architects toward the city’s approval of the property purchase, so we can close escrow.
May 2020 Update – Project Plans Submitted to City of Pleasanton!
Our consultant studies, architectural documents, project narrative, and project application for the Dublin Canyon property have been formally submitted to the City of Pleasanton for their consideration. It’s now up to the City to follow up with questions and we can expect public hearings (or virtual public hearings) as we approach the tail end of the City review and approval process. Thanks be to God! Stay tuned for updates over the next few months.
In a non-Covid world, the entitlements process takes approximately four months to complete from the time of submission, but now the timeline may be longer by a month or two, depending on when the City returns to full staffing. We will continue to keep everyone informed on progress being made over the coming months.
March 2020 Update
As we continue on our journey to build a new home for His Church in the Tri-Valley area, we are no longer “casting out our nets.” Our Lord has blessed us and has shown our parish that we “shall see greater things than these” when we trust in Him.
We are now actively moving forward and “Building the Body of Christ” in Pleasanton. This is our new theme for Phases 1-2 of our building project.
We will be sharing the Multi-purpose Facility building plans at the March 8th Stewardship Luncheon. Big thanks to the 78 individuals who completed the Resurrection Building Project Multi-purpose Facility survey in February. Much of the input received has been taken into consideration for the new building plans.
We received an additional $9k in cash for the campaign in February. And, two additional families pledged over $100k in new pledges. We now have over $2.7 million pledged for Building the Body of Christ, and of that, $1.9 million has already been collected from 55 families.
If you would like a member of the Capital Campaign to discuss the project with you, or if you’d like to make a donation/pledge of any amount, please contact a member of the Capital Campaign committee: Fr. Niko Bekris, Justin Bosl, Matthew Jameson, Nick Vriheas, and Gary Wallner.
Project momentum continued moving forward last month:
Meetings with our assigned Project Manager Engineer from the City of Pleasanton Development Dept. for discussing our preliminary submission and addressing city requirements continued.
Significant work with our Architect and sub-consultants and engineers in preparation of our formal project submission package to the City was completed.
Our Architects (in partnership with our committee) developed the initial project designs, which will form the basis of further discussions with the City and with Parishioners. Several rounds of concepts reviews, modifications, and discussions have resulted in an exciting conceptual design, which we shared with the City of Pleasanton’s Planning Department and were met with a mostly positive and favorable reaction.