2nd (and 3rd) Campus Goal:

The tradition at Saint Elias is that we are the mother church and the engine of growth for Orthodox Christianity in Central Texas. We have struggled in recent years to see how we can honor this tradition while also expanding our existing facilities to keep pace with the needs of our growing community. Through parish-wide meetings and lively debate we arrived at a pioneering “Second Campus” solution.

Simply put, we plan to grow not by dividing our church, but by expanding its ministries and resources. Saint Elias will remain one community, worshipping and growing our faith from two or more locations. The historic downtown campus, a north campus, and a future south campus will stand together, each serving its own unique ministry with the expanded resources made possible by accelerating growth at each location.

This plan calls us to go forward in faith as one growing community. Saint Elias will look forward to a third campus, probably to the south, and perhaps a fourth and fifth campus to follow. This expansion will also allow us to satisfy directives from our Metropolitan and our Bishop. As one growing family we can bring to fruition the tradition of growing the faith that was planted by the founding families of Saint Elias. This missionary outreach will target the expanding Central Texas population that desperately needs the living waters of the Orthodox Faith.

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2nd Campus Site Update:

A number of questions have come up that we want to address. If you have any questions, please be sure to let me know!

Question 1: Why have we selected the “Noah’s Ark” piece of land near the intersection of 45, Mopac, and I35?

  • Proximity to Current and Future Parishioners: The “center of gravity” for St. Elias (the center of all the church’s families) is in the North Central part of Austin at about 2222 and Mopac. The center of new growth for both the parish and Central Texas is even further north. The site selected is in the center of that burgeoning growth.
  • Austin’s New Downtown will be  “Uptown.” The new campus will be located near the center of population growth in the nation’s fastest-growing suburbs. This particular area is projected to be a new “downtown.” Check this out: http://impactnews.com/austin-metro/round-rock-pflugerville-hutto.
  • Accessibility.  The church location will be near all major North/South and East/West highways in North Austin. It couldn’t be easier to see and find.
  • Noah’s Ark II:  The actual legal description of this land includes the name “Noah’s Ark!”  This isn’t exactly a reason to choose this site—but, it certainly is a reminder that we are called to be the “Ark of Salvation!”

Question 2: You say it’s on a hill—but, it looks pretty flat—where’s the hill? Here’s the good news: it’s a flat piece of land on a high ridge! Because the land is flat it will be very easy to build on. But, because it’s on a ridge that can be seen from at least 8 miles north of the site, our new church may well be a very visible landmark for all the people who live, travel and work in this “New Uptown Downtown.”

Keep the questions coming!

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8.

St. Elias is at an important milestone on the path of expanding Orthodoxy in Central Texas:

We have found a beautiful piece of land on a ridgetop overlooking one of the most important “intersections” in the Austin area: MOPAC (Loop 1), IH35 and 45.

A “Feasibility” phase has begun as part of the preliminary contract on the land: a time to study the land in more detail to make sure it will meet our needs. There are 3 committees working on this:
·Technical Feasibility (looking at any issues about the land that might present problems)
·Finance Feasibility (how we could finance purchase of the land and subsequent building)
·Capital Campaign Committee (informing the Parish about the project and answering questions as we prepare to encourage donations for this purchase)
You are encouraged to go by and visit this property.  And watch for some more information in the Church Hall in the next few weeks.
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* The land is on FM 1325 between The Waters at WillowRun Apartments on 15433 FM 1325 • Austin, TX 78728 and the Storage Mart on 15601 FM 1325 • Austin, TX 78728.
 
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” ― Psalm 27:4