For holding worship services, our church has met at a variety of places and locations around Austin, moving from the north to the south, then to the central area, and then to the north again. Initially we met for worship (on Sunday afternoons) in the chapel of Hyde Park Christian Church (45th Street and Duval). Then we met in Luciano’s Italian Restaurant (Mopac Blvd. and Anderson Lane); at a LaPetite Academy preschool (William Cannon & S. First Street); at a Seventh Day Adventist church (near William Cannon and S. Congress); at Cunningham Elementary School (near Manchaca and William Cannon); at the American Legion Building (Mopac and 6th Street); at the Lions Club (in Pflugerville); and now finally in our own building. It’s a bit like having wandered in the wilderness and now entered the Promised Land.
Our church had actually been planning for a building for over 15 years. At the very first session meeting (in 1984), the session stated “that it is urgent for our church to begin to plan seriously for a purchase of property.” In 1985 (at the height of the first economic boom in Austin) the church bought 1.3 acres in south Austin, with the help of a generous interest-free loan from Grace OPC church. Four years later, in the middle of the great Texas oil depression, we bought the neighboring tract, of about the same size, but for a much lower price. Eventually, however, we were convinced to look for other property, with better visibility. In the early 1990’s, the Edwards Aquifer and other environmental restrictions were in full force, almost totally preventing development in the south and southwest parts of the city. By the grace of God a splendid 3.5-acre piece of property on the corner of a significant intersection in Pflugerville was located, which we were able to purchase outright. A few years later, when a new housing development went up on the north side of this property, we bought 1.5 acres more from the developer for a modest price and a little land swapping.