Updated on November 15, 2020
Relationships and partnerships have continued to flourish since Watermark acquired a 9.8 acre property and 190,000 square foot building (previously Pearl C. Anderson Middle School) near the intersection of South 2nd Avenue and Elsie Faye Heggins Street more than a year ago. For example, this summer our South Dallas Team has partnered with our neighbors and 250 Watermark Members to pray for and provide food distribution to 5,000 cars visiting our campus. Of those we served, 65-70% returned each week, allowing us to build relationships and share the gospel.
Phase 1 of construction continues at our South Dallas Campus. Cleanup is complete, and work is underway on the development of 24,000 square feet of space, including:
• A 320-seat multi-purpose room
• 5 large classrooms
• 6 classrooms for kids, which can also be used for adult breakout meeting space
• Courtyard and large patio
The Need: $2 million needed to complete Phase 1 (Total cost: $7.5 million)
• Our Watermark Community Development Corporation Job Connection Program launches in 2021, first serving our South Dallas neighbors.
• The South Dallas team continues to grow and build new relationships and partnerships in the community.
• Offering Mobile Health Unit visits and planning for healthcare services and other future resources for the community.
Our prayer is that Watermark South Dallas becomes a central hub to serve the community through a church offering midweek services for community care and development. Since acquiring the property in late October 2019, our priority has been to meet with local leaders, residents, and organizations to listen and further understand what services will be most helpful to the community. Potential community services could include health care, youth development, job placement, vocational training, financial literacy, and recovery.
We are encouraged by ongoing conversations with our neighbors in South Dallas and thankful that the Lord has entrusted us with an opportunity to love and serve even more of this city in His name. It is our hope that the future of the Pearl C. Anderson property will continue to honor its namesake, the history of the school, and the name of Christ by serving as a place of care and hope.
How can you help?
Our prayer is that God would go before us to stir hearts to invest and that more than enough will be provided (Exodus 36:5). We ask Members to pray, process in their smaller communities, and give generously as the Lord leads.
MAIL CHECKS TO Watermark and write “South Dallas” in the memo line.
Address: Watermark Community Church 7540 LBJ Freeway Dallas, TX 75251
Pray & Invest With Us
As mentioned above, we are in a season of listening and discerning the highest needs in the community. Initially, financial resources are needed to make the property safe and secure, campus cleanup, asbestos abatement, and the renovation of the first floor. Although plans are still being formed, we know that the financial needs will be significant.
We are asking our Members to pray, process in their smaller communities, and give generously as the Lord leads.
Our prayer is that God would stir hearts to invest and that more than enough will be provided (Exodus 36:5).
Learn more about what we believe about giving.
We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have