December 21, 2015
Advent Christian Village (ACV) recently held a service of dedication at The Village Church following the completion of two construction projects: Phase I of Taylor Commons, ACV’s newest neighborhood, and improvements made to the Christian education and office areas at The Village Church. These are the first projects to be completed which are part of the new ACV Master Development Plan announced at the end of 2013 with the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign.
Many local residents attended the dedication ceremony. Village administrators and Board members led the service and the Village Church choir provided special music. Each of the donors who gave toward specific areas of the completed projects was recognized at the event.
Village members Judge Arthur and Ann Lawrence, for whom Lawrence House is named, attended with their family, along with Bob and Frances McGranahan, owners of Live Oak Pest Control, for whom McGranahan Place is named. Also in attendance were the daughter and granddaughter of the late Cleo Bullard Smith Montgomery, for whom Cleo’s Meeting House is named. Family members of the late Frank and Jessie Taylor, who made Taylor Commons possible, were present: Village members Ed and Mary Siergiej (Mary is Frank’s sister), their son, and several grandchildren. These buildings and the neighborhood were named for these individuals because of their generous contributions to the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign, either directly or through their estates.
Following the ceremony, an open house of each of the buildings and reception was held. Despite rain, it was a festive occasion, celebrating God’s continued provision for Advent Christian Village.
Phase II of Taylor Commons, set to begin after the new year, will see the construction of three more buildings — single-story, attached townhomes — that will each consist of six modern apartments. These buildings are a firm foundation for the future as ACV marches into its second century.