Facilities Update, March 12, 2017


Saturday evening, March 11th, at 7:45 pm Pastor Al received a voice mail from the chair of the SDA  leadership team letting him know we must reduce the number of rooms we use, as well as the length of time we are on the campus Sundays, back to our original contract by Sunday, March 19th, or pay in immediate, drastic increase in rent and fees.

While we've had verbal permission for additional use of rooms and time, it is well within the rights of the SDA to require this as the property we use on Sundays belongs to them.

Members of the church leadership team and staff ministry team held a conference call Saturday evening and determined after much discussion that our best option is to temporarily go to one service on Sundays at 10:00 am as it is just not possible to set up, practice, have two services, and tear down in the allotted five hour mainframe.

Thus, we announced Sunday morning during services that we will temporarily go to one service at 10:00 am beginning Sunday, March 19th.

Sunday night the ministry staff team along with Jose Morales met to determine what rooms we can use on Sundays that will meet the requirements given to us by the SDA and best meet our needs. Look for some changes Sunday morning for kids and middle school classrooms.

The facilities task force is assembling and has already begun working on possible meeting places. In the meantime, pray with us for the right location to meet and for opportunities to represent the kingdom of God well during this transition. We trust God is in control and has good things ahead for Bayside of Placerville.

Jose Morales, Al Soto, and the ministry staff team. 


We have a recent development with the proposed lease to  use the SDA facilities for 2017. There is a significant increase in our rent of about two and a half times the amount we currently pay based on our current use of the SDA facilities. Our lease runs May 1st through April 30th of the calendar year. After the LT and Ministry Leaders' review, we can't see how our church can afford the proposed rate increase and feel we woul not be good stewards of God's monies if we agreed to it as it stands, As a result, we have decided to begin a proactive search for a new facility.

We have just begun the preliminary process of putting a task team together to begin researching short and long term solutions that will leverage the property the church owns. The task team will be lead by Jeremie McKnight, who will keep us informed weekly of the teams progress.

What we are doing currently:

Facilities Requirements

  • Identify space minimum requirements
  • Define a budget
  • Identify a general location

Task Team

  • Identify the team
  • Define roles and responsibilities
  • Schedule kick-off meeting

Next Steps

  • Planning to meet with SDA to review options of the lease agreement
  • looking into a couple of potential short term solutions
  • Have preliminary short term report in approximately 2 weeks
  • Pray, Pray, Pray

We have known our time here was temporary and feel confidant that God is calling us now to begin the next steps of our journey as a church. I am excited to see what His pan will unfold.

Please pray with me that our team is successful in finding a solution that will best serve His kingdom here in Placerville.

Thank you,

Jose Morales,

Bayside of Placerville - Leadership Team Chair