On November 12, 2017, Pastor Brian and Pastor Dustin shared with us the exciting growth in our Children's Ministry at Manheim BIC Church and the possible solution of expanded space.
Please watch the following video to learn more!

UPDATE 11/21/18

We were incredibly blessed to have a smooth building permit experience with the township.  The job site has been fenced in and dirt is being moved.  Specifically, fill has been brought in to prepare for the expanding children’s classrooms.  

- Roy B, Leadership Board Chair






UPDATE 10/25/18

Fencing is up, loud noises have begun, the port-a-pot has arrived, the playground has been moved, the ground is shaking under heavy equipment. Basically - Construction has begun MBIC. A quick shout-out to our many Preschool Teachers that have to navigate the loud construction outside their classroom walls.






UPDATE 10/23/18

The Sun Rises on Construction at Manheim BIC Church.

Today we move the playground to a new location so it can be enjoyed by our 100+ Preschool children each week.

If you want to lend a hand - 5pm tonight at Manheim BIC Church.

UPDATE 10/13/18

Dear Church Family,

It is with great pleasure and thankfulness that I can write to you in response to the Building Expansion project and support as we move ahead on this project.

Your generosity has allowed us to proceed this month and you will begin to see progress from now until the end of 2019.

age range

of those who generously contributed.

generous pledges

for our upcoming expansion.

walking tacos

were consumed at our picnic.

project funding goals:
2018 Capital Fund
$0 $1,000,000

During our One Service on 9/23 we celebrated an offering of $99,500.  This combined with 2018 Capital Fund collections has totaled $400,000 in 2018 giving.  With many additional year-end pledges collected this month we believe the goal of $1 million collected for Capital Fund is truly in reach.  Thank you!

3-Year (2019-2021) Pledges
$0 $665,000/year

Over the past three weeks we have received 96 pledges in the amount of $1.3 Million in support of the project. We are overwhelmed by the response and answer to much prayer by both you and the leadership.


A few observations as we review the pledge process.

  • All age groups participated from those under age 12 to those over 70.  It is a strong testimony to the demographics of our membership that all generations are passionate about supporting our children and youth and realizing that they are the future in bringing the word of God to all. Often, adults are strengthened in Christ through their children.
  • We are thankful for individuals that have helped to organize events to raise funds and challenge our giving in proportion to God’s blessing.  When put in that context, generosity has exceeded our expectations. 
  • The strength of your commitment and generosity has helped us to approach Bank financing in a positive way.  In these times, Banks go the extra mile for organizations that show such commitment and we are in a position of strength in that regard. 
  • In the coming weeks we will also be approaching you with opportunities to support our financial goals with personal loans with market competitive interest rates that will reduce our reliance on Bank financing and focus on our internal options.

  But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. 1 Chronicles 29:14 & 16
what's next?

So, moving forward we encourage your continued financial support but also the following:

PRAY for this time of construction and wisdom as we work out the final details and timing.
PRAY for our children and adult ministries as they navigate tight spaces and anticipate growth.
PRAY for generosity as we push for additional donations in 2018, and pledges for the next three years.
PRAY for our Finance team as we evaluate the financial options and choose the best course to move ahead.

Again, thank you for your personal commitment in funding and prayer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

In Christ,

Paul Steinweg

Manheim BIC Treasurer

UPDATE 9/21/18

Our Upcoming ONE Service & Pledge Card Sunday.

On Sunday morning, 9/23/18, PLEDGE CARDS will be available as you enter the Assembly, and will be collected during the offering.


As a church family, we are rallying together with our gifts and pledges to support the upcoming expansion of our Children’s Ministries, Faith Formation Ministries and building accessibility.


Below you will see an example of the pledge card that will be handed out at the ONE Service and available online.  Prayerfully consider what financial gift you will bring to this service. There is no gift too small; we invite all ages to bring a gift to our Capital Fund offering on 9/23/18.


Additionally, prayerfully consider making a sacrifice of ongoing giving toward our Capital Fund over the next 3 calendar years, starting on 1/1/19.  Pledges are very important as we request project approval from the BIC Denomination Office and as we approach banks to secure low interest financing. Regular pledge giving can be placed in Sunday offerings, in the mail, or through online giving.  Pledges will be handled and managed in a confidential manner through our MBIC Financial Secretary, similar to year-end giving statements.  The pledge window is extended to 10/1/18 for those that might miss the ONE Service.  A pledge card drop-box will be in the church lobby on 9/30/18.  


Thank you for your partnership in our many ministries at Manheim BIC.


Serving with you,

Manheim BIC Leadership Board


UPDATE 8/26/18

Update from our Congregational Council held on August 26th HERE

UPDATE 8/12/18

Frequently Asked Questions Doc - available HERE

UPDATE 6/12/18

Quick Recap
Over the past several years, continued growth at Manheim BIC has made apparent a number of facility constraints.  A significant number of our children’s classes are outgrowing their current classroom space, and we have an expanded need for handicap accessibility.  Thus, our Manheim BIC Leadership Board commissioned a Facility Assessment Team in early 2017 to research and study these constraints.  At our January 2018 Congregational Council meeting, this team presented the following goals based on their findings:   

I.  To expand and improve: 1) Nursery 2) Handicap Parking & Accessibility 3) Children’s Wing hallways 4)  Faith Formation / Adult Meeting rooms.
II.  To create: 1) Five large classrooms (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade) 2) A Children’s Large Worship / Multi-Purpose Room. 3) A new South Entrance & Check-in Lobby.

What’s the Update?
A new Facility Expansion Team was assembled in late 2017 to work with a local construction firm to complete drawings in order to determine the realistic financial costs and time line for an expansion and renovation project that would meet the above listed goals. 

As of today, the drawings are almost 100% complete.  The plan expands our current Children’s Wing by 12,600 sq ft, while adding a new South Entrance that includes 4,935 sq ft of Accessibility and Adult Faith Formation Space.  Additionally, we are planning to renovate several older rooms in our Children’s Wing to accommodate our strong current growth.

How can I get involved?
1.  In mid-Summer you will receive a key communication piece that describes the vision, history and scope of the project, including an expansion map.  
2.  Our Facility Expansion Team will hold a special information session with more accurate plans and pricing on Sunday, August 19 at 9am in the Manheim BIC Chapel.
3.  Our church will gather together at 6pm on August 26 for a Congregational Council meeting to vote on beginning construction this fall.

What else can I do?
Pray!  Pray for wisdom as we continue to seek God’s leading on how to best address our current growth and future ministry opportunities.  

Blessings as we live out our mission together,

Brian Thomas, Lead Pastor
Dustin Sauder, Executive Pastor
Lisa McCoy, Leadership Board Chair
Curt Umble, Leadership Board Vice Chair

UPDATE 4/5/18

To read the letter from Pastor Brian to the congregation about "What's Next Update", CLICK HERE

UPDATE 12/14/17

To read the letter from Pastor Brian to the congregation CLICK HERE

After seeing our Elementary age classrooms consistently full and overflowing on Sundays and on Wednesdays, we have commissioned a team to study and propose facility modifications and/or expansion plans to address our current space deficit in our Children's Ministries.  - MBIC Leadership Board

A facility assessment team was commissioned in early 2017 to review current ministry growth and facility usage.  Following several months of meetings this group presented the following goals for future facility modification and/or expansion:



  1. To see all children’s programming in secured (lock-down) space.
  2. Expand the current Nursery space.
  3. Provide a large Group space for children's worship and games.
  4. Provide our Children's Ministries with Five Large Elementary Classrooms (K, 1, 2, 3, 4)
  5.  Improve hallway congestion.
  6.  Continue to provide our Weekday Preschool with Eight Preschool Classrooms & 3 large activity rooms.
  7. Expand the number of handicap parking spaces while improving facility handicap accessibility.
  8. Provide additional Faith Formation Adult meeting room(s).  

What's Next?

A Facility Expansion Team has begun meeting to work on details surrounding what we could do next with our facility to address the above stated goals.  This group hopes to present findings to the congregation in the opening months of 2018.  

Questions: Dustin Sauder - Executive Pastor - Dustin@manheimbic.org // Brian Thomas - Lead Pastor - Brianthomas@manheimbic.org