Church building – St Matts Laramie http://stmattslaramie.com/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:22:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://stmattslaramie.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-25T213047.278.png Church building – St Matts Laramie http://stmattslaramie.com/ 32 32 LDS Donates Church Building to Establish New Arts Building in Taber | Spare News https://stmattslaramie.com/lds-donates-church-building-to-establish-new-arts-building-in-taber-spare-news/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:53:27 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/lds-donates-church-building-to-establish-new-arts-building-in-taber-spare-news/ Soon, Taber Assisting Nations through Global Outreach (TANGO) will move into Taber Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 5314 54th Street, as it is given to them. A ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. to officially hand over the church to TANGO who planned to loan it to the Society […]]]>

Soon, Taber Assisting Nations through Global Outreach (TANGO) will move into Taber Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 5314 54th Street, as it is given to them. A ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. to officially hand over the church to TANGO who planned to loan it to the Society for Taber Arts and Recreation (STAR) when not in use by TANGO. Taber Stake President Mark Baldry was able to provide more information about the reasons for this exchange between LDS and TANGO.

“Our numbers aren’t diminishing, but the way we come together and worship has changed over time,” Baldry said. “It is a very old building which has been renovated many times and which was going to require major work to improve the heating system in particular. It was determined that this would not be done, so we were looking to mothball the building (preserving a long-term building as long as it is not occupied). When we got to this point, some of the local community groups, especially Dr. (Ryan) Torrie and some of the organizations he was associated with, asked if the church could consider selling or donating the building to these community groups . We walked this road, looked at some of the pros and cons, and basically the church felt a strong need to leave the building standing – and so did our local leaders. We didn’t want it to be taken apart and sold, but rather we wanted it to be a continued blessing to our community.

As this is a building that has been in the community for over 100 years, the LDS wishes to preserve its legacy in the community. With that in mind, Baldry mentioned a concern raised in their discussion to donate it.

“A few groups got together and figured out how they could revamp the building into something that would bless our community and we presented it to the church,” Baldry said. “The church was very keen on this idea, but they wanted to make sure the group had a proper plan for the church and that it wouldn’t go in someone else’s name and then become an eyesore to the community. The groups presented their visions of the change in use of the building. Over time it was determined that it would work and the church would be happy to donate this building. Those who are going to use it have come up with what they think are affordable solutions for the heating and cooling systems of the building – which is to be renovated – and it became clear that it would be a win-win situation for everyone. .

As a key member of the two organizations that will use the building after its donation, Ryan Torrie, President of TANGO and STAR, shared his excitement about the donation and spoke about the challenges they faced when trying to acquire a building for the arts in Taber. .

“We’re super excited,” Torrie said. “We have worked with the City for years. For the past 20 years, the artistic community of Taber has tried to secure a permanent home for Taber players and a place for musical performances, a choir, a practice (and class) place for music teachers and a facility where they can continue their activities. About 10 years ago I was on the advisory board for the town of Taber trying to find a way to get a music facility or an art facility built and I had a hard time finding a facility. We were trying to get grants from the federal government, which we couldn’t get, and then we looked at other buildings in town, so it was quite a struggle. Then, over the past couple of years, we discovered that the church was decommissioning that building and looking to donate it to an arts group as a community facility.

Continuing, Torrie discussed the partnership STAR received from local municipal governments as part of the church donation.

“When the church approached us about this, we worked with the City of Taber and the MD of Taber – both are eager to cooperate as a group,” Torrie said. “We had commitments from the City to donate $250,000 as an interest-free loan for 10 years, and the MD of Taber accepted a grant of $200,000. The town of Taber has also agreed to help with utilities for the first year, and as a charity we are able to access property tax exemptions. Our Community Board of the Society for Taber Arts and Recreation, we had to raise $250,000 to receive these grants from the MD of Taber and the City of Taber, and so we all worked together to put this together. As we did, the church agreed to donate the building if we have the backing and support of municipalities and communities. It was super exciting to have a facility for the community and to work with the municipalities to come up with a plan that would make this achievable.

Torrie also provided a broad outline of what STAR plans to do with the building.

“We work with Taber Players – Jocelyn Steinborn is the president of Taber Players – she’s on our board for the Society for Taber Arts and Recreation, so this will be their new home and they’ll be able to store all of their props and costumes under the theater,” Torrie said. “They will stage their future plays in the building. We have many different community groups using the facility. We have plans to work with Lethbridge Symphony and have parts of their symphony to be released. We’re going to have a karaoke night every month – we’re going to occupy the place.

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St. Patrick’s Church of Troy heads to online auction https://stmattslaramie.com/st-patricks-church-of-troy-heads-to-online-auction/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 13:07:30 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/st-patricks-church-of-troy-heads-to-online-auction/ TROY — For generations, the former Roman Catholic St. Patrick’s Church on Sixth Avenue has been an invaluable part of life in the city’s north-central neighborhood. But on the city’s unbiased appraisal rolls, analysts pegged the building’s market value at $3.7 million when the parish closed in 2010. Twelve years later, the 14,416 square foot […]]]>

TROY — For generations, the former Roman Catholic St. Patrick’s Church on Sixth Avenue has been an invaluable part of life in the city’s north-central neighborhood. But on the city’s unbiased appraisal rolls, analysts pegged the building’s market value at $3.7 million when the parish closed in 2010.

Twelve years later, the 14,416 square foot building with 13 historic bells, twin steeples and 56 foot high ceilings at 3029 Sixth Ave. will be auctioned worldwide from December 12-15.

Bidding will open at $1. If it sells, it seems unlikely that the structure will fetch anything close to the value once the city awards it.

The church suffered water damage and was laid bare. Its pews, statues and other furnishings were removed, a common practice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, which donates the fixtures to its parishes and then sells what is unclaimed.

“The church is strong. Someone with the resources and the vision can make this a place to showcase,” said Deanna Dal Pos of real estate firm Albany NAI Platform, the ideal buyer would impact the historic 110-year-old building and the surrounding neighborhood.

The interior of the building bears scars from water damage caused by broken windows. Water may have penetrated through the roof where the copper had been removed by vandals.

The church’s significance caught the eye of potential bidders across the country when it was first listed over the summer, Dal Pos said. As a result, Dal Pos said she turned to Ten-X, which describes itself as “the world’s largest online commercial real estate exchange”.

“It’s going to gain us traction around the world,” Dal Pos said.

St. Patrick’s promotion by Ten-X helps generate more interest from potential bidders, not only in the United States, but also in countries in Europe, Asia and South America , said Dal Pos. News about the old church building had caught the attention of nearly 160,000 people online. The building, which city records show sits on a 0.43 acre parcel, now has a market value of $197,368 or 5% of what the city said it was worth in 2010. he building is currently owned by St. Patrick LLC of Cohoes.

What attracts the attention of potential bidders, besides the solid construction, are the large spaces inside the church, said Dal Pos. What may also attract them is that the structure is located in an opportunity zone that offers tax breaks for a developer.

“The beauty of it all is that it’s all open space,” said Dal Pos, standing on what used to be the altar at the western end of the building and looking east where the outer Gothic facade is. Sixth Avenue entrance, 142 feet. The church is 71 feet wide.

St. Patrick’s Parish was created in 1872 when it was carved out of St. Peter’s Parish south of Hoosick Street. This parish was also closed as part of the diocese’s “Called to be Church” initiative which consolidated former urban parishes. Thirty-three of the 190 places of worship have been closed due to demographic changes.

St. Patrick’s originally served an Irish-American neighborhood when it was founded. North Central now has the most diverse population in the city.

“St. Patrick’s was very important to the community,” said Kathy Sheehan, acting executive director of the Hart Cluett Museum and historian for the City of Troy and Rensselaer County.

“They had a pantry. They had school. The church was an integral part of the North Central neighborhood. I was appalled when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany closed the church because it was such an important part of the North Central neighborhood,” Sheehan said.

An important part of the church that remains is its 12-bell carillon made by the Meneely Bell Company of Troy and installed in 1915. The 13e bell is the large 14,744-pound Jones bell that came from the original St. Patrick’s Church building. The name is taken from the foundry that cast it in 1876 in Troy.

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Zenith Bank DMD, Dame Adaora Umeoji donates world-class church building to Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja https://stmattslaramie.com/zenith-bank-dmd-dame-adaora-umeoji-donates-world-class-church-building-to-catholic-archdiocese-of-abuja/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:48:11 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/zenith-bank-dmd-dame-adaora-umeoji-donates-world-class-church-building-to-catholic-archdiocese-of-abuja/ Deputy CEO of Zenith BankDame (Dr) Adaora Umeoji, constructed and donated a world class building for the use of Immaculate Conception Parish in Dobi, Abuja. The commissioning/dedication of the new parish building to the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja took place recently. Speaking during the commissioning, Dame Umeoji said: “I am here to hand over the […]]]>

Deputy CEO of Zenith BankDame (Dr) Adaora Umeoji, constructed and donated a world class building for the use of Immaculate Conception Parish in Dobi, Abuja.

The commissioning/dedication of the new parish building to the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja took place recently.

Speaking during the commissioning, Dame Umeoji said: “I am here to hand over the keys to this new building for the continuous dissemination of the word of God.

“We pray that this can do more and encourage others to do more for the diocese and for men of God.” The Herald has learned that Umeoji was moved to construct and donate the new church building after the temporary edifice used for worship at the church was destroyed by a windstorm on May 17, 2018. The The church’s temporary building was destroyed by a windstorm.

She was reportedly approached to support a new building project for the parish. It was learned that she looked at the building plan and noticed that the proposed structure was not befitting God, requesting that a more sophisticated architectural design be devised.

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Lady Umeoji’s desire to help the parish build a new, more suitable church was an offering to God for the healing of her beloved mother, Chief (Lady) Ngozi Umeoji, we learned further.

However, her mother’s eventual rise to fame did not cause her to backtrack on her promise to help build a new structure for God’s people to worship. She said she felt God wanted her mother to live through the church now.

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“I dedicate this church to the blessed memory of my late mother, who encouraged me so much to achieve this,” Lady Umeoji added. The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Ignatius Kaigama accepted the donation on behalf of the church.

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Dedication of the church building after three decades of reconstruction https://stmattslaramie.com/dedication-of-the-church-building-after-three-decades-of-reconstruction/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 01:30:55 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/dedication-of-the-church-building-after-three-decades-of-reconstruction/ A rural church in southeastern China’s coastal province of Fujian held its dedication service after the frame was built more than 30 years ago with believers worshiping inside. During the church service held on November 5 for Tatan Village Church, Chengxi Town, Longhai District, Zhangzhou City, pastors from downtown Zhangzhou called believers to worship, held […]]]>

A rural church in southeastern China’s coastal province of Fujian held its dedication service after the frame was built more than 30 years ago with believers worshiping inside.

During the church service held on November 5 for Tatan Village Church, Chengxi Town, Longhai District, Zhangzhou City, pastors from downtown Zhangzhou called believers to worship, held prayers with congratulations and led the congregation to read the scriptures.

After congratulatory messages from local church leaders, Reverend Huang Lihong of Beimen Church in Zhangzhou delivered a sermon titled “The Dedication of the Temple”, with a hymn from the choir of Jiexi Church on Shima Street. , followed by the introduction of the church.

The church is located in a remote mountain village with an average altitude of over 500 meters and a permanent population of less than 4,000 people.

Reverend Ouyang Hou, who proposed to establish a Christian school – Baotan Primary School – in 1925, bought the land for the existing church, along with a former house for gatherings. In 1938, the pastor invested in the renovation of the church, rare in rural areas of southern Fujian at that time.

Tatan Church demolished the original large house and erected a church building in 1942, with the number of believers gradually increasing as the meeting time changed from night to day. In the same year, Zhangzhou Dongbanhou Church established a branch in Tatan Village. Up to that time the church had established seven branches which were called the “seven candlesticks”.

Pastor Ouyang Shuping, who works at the church in Fuzhou Shangdu, shared that during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945), Reverend Ouyang Hou sent his grandfather Ouyang Hongdai at school later supported him to advance to Minnan Theological Seminary. After returning to Tatan Village, Hongdai served as president of Baotan Elementary School founded by Hou, teaching by day and preaching by night. When Hou went to Malaysia, he intended to bring Hongdai with him but left him at Tatan Church, considering there was no pastor in the local church and the children from Hongdai were still young. Hongdai invited a female pastor named Lu to live in Tatan Village with her youngest daughter to carry out missionary work, the Gospel Prospers as more than 20 families gathered at that time.

After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the church ceased operations as there were no pastors in the village. After the implementation of the religious freedom policy in 1978, Christians began to gather among believers, with more and more people joining the meeting. Listed as a place of religious activities in 1999, the church which had become a dilapidated and dilapidated building for many years was rebuilt on the original site in 1998 with donations from the congregation and other sister churches.

After the framework was built in December 1999, reconstruction ended this year due to lack of funds, with believers worshiping inside while they waited.

(The article originally appeared in the Gospel Times and the author is a follower from Fujian.)

– Translated by Abigail Wu

福建省漳州市龙海区程溪镇塔潭村基督教堂落成并举行感恩庆典

Dedication of the church building after three decades of reconstruction

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Indonesian political party pledged to help secure building permit for church https://stmattslaramie.com/indonesian-political-party-pledged-to-help-secure-building-permit-for-church/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 19:40:56 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/indonesian-political-party-pledged-to-help-secure-building-permit-for-church/ 11/03/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The largest political party, the Parliament Faction of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has said it will remain committed to overseeing the establishment of the HKBP Maranatha Church in Cilegon City, banten. The church was denied planning permission (IMB) by the government in September, after a local […]]]>

11/03/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The largest political party, the Parliament Faction of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has said it will remain committed to overseeing the establishment of the HKBP Maranatha Church in Cilegon City, banten.

The church was denied planning permission (IMB) by the government in September, after a local Muslim group staged a protest and pressured the mayor to reject the IMB.

This statement was conveyed by a member of the PDI-P faction, Diah Pitaloka, during the reception of the management and construction committee of the HKBP Maranatha Church in Jakarta on October 3.

“The PDI-P will stand tall and uphold the constitution, ensuring that citizens can worship according to their respective religions and beliefs,” said Diah Pitaloka.

The minister of religion also declared his commitment to protect the establishment of the church.

Since the case against the construction of HKBP Maranatha Church in Cilegon emerged, five meetings with management and committee have been held.

According to Rev. Beni Siagian, HKBP Maranatha Cilegon had been established for 25 years. The church currently has 3,903 members made up of 858 families from the Cilegon, Anyer and Merak regions.

The congregation celebrated every Sunday in the town of Serang with several services. Given the limited time, there are nine teams for adults, two teams for school children and two for teenagers, for a total of 13 teams each Sunday.

Beni hopes that the construction of the church can take place soon, since so many worshipers need the worship facilities.

“I hope it will happen soon, so that the HKBP Maranatha congregation can worship freely and calmly,” He was hoping.

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$3million fight to save Auckland’s historic church https://stmattslaramie.com/3million-fight-to-save-aucklands-historic-church/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/3million-fight-to-save-aucklands-historic-church/ Provided The church building, pictured in 2021, is a popular venue for weddings and events. A fight is underway to save an 89-year-old historic building and make it strong enough to withstand any future earthquakes. St Andrews Anglican Church in Pukekohe, south Auckland, has been deemed an earthquake hazard due to concerns over its structural […]]]>
The church building, pictured in 2021, is a popular venue for weddings and events.

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The church building, pictured in 2021, is a popular venue for weddings and events.

A fight is underway to save an 89-year-old historic building and make it strong enough to withstand any future earthquakes.

St Andrews Anglican Church in Pukekohe, south Auckland, has been deemed an earthquake hazard due to concerns over its structural stability.

The red-brick Art Deco building is a favorite venue for weddings, concerts, and community events.

Over time, major cracks began to appear on the old walls of the historic A-listed building due to road construction and tree roots.

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According to a 2020 seismic assessment, when the church was built in the 1930s, the structural design was not detailed to withstand any lateral loading, other than wind.

At the time, there were no earthquake provisions in existing design codes.

The assessment revealed that the seismic capacity of the church was likely 20% below, well below the required New Building Standard (NBS) of 33%.

It is not an offense if the buildings do not reach this level, but a local council can issue a notice to reinforce or demolish the building.

Cracks in the structure of the building mean it has been deemed an earthquake hazard.

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Cracks in the structure of the building mean it has been deemed an earthquake hazard.

Long-time parishioner Graham Russell said it was the first time the church would undergo a major restoration.

It will cost between $2.5 and $3 million to restore the church to its former glory and strengthen it for any future earthquakes.

Russell said they needed the community to help them raise money for the restoration.

“It’s more than just a church, it’s definitely a community building,” Russell said.

“We have a lot of concerts, different choirs, the acoustics of the building are excellent and it will never cost less than today to restore it.

“Earthquakes can happen anywhere, there is no guarantee that we will be free from earthquakes in the future.”

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After 113, the peach-colored church perched on a hill in Mount Victoria closed due to earthquakes (Video first published in 2021)

Steps to conserve and repair the fabric of the church are already underway, with geological inspections, feasibility studies and a seismic report undertaken.

Project manager Richard Gibbons said as soon as they were able to raise enough funds construction would begin.

He hopes this will start as soon as next year.

Gibbons said the church’s roof, gutters, steelwork and paint have been maintained, so they have a good base to reinforce when construction begins.

The basic approach was to reinforce along the foundations, made from inside and under the church with concrete and steel, he said.

St Andrews Anglican Church was built in 1933.

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St Andrews Anglican Church was built in 1933.

Then the seismic reinforcement would put a steel frame made of beams inside the church, hidden as much as possible inside the building to minimize any visual impact.

“And then it’s about tying the roof together with additional pieces of steel. There will be very little, if any, difference outside the church.

Russell said the restoration was important because it was also a memorial to those who fought and died in World War I.

“It’s a pretty valuable building and if we don’t do something we will lose it.”

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Reopening of Historic Buena Vista Church https://stmattslaramie.com/reopening-of-historic-buena-vista-church/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/reopening-of-historic-buena-vista-church/ Nashville Tenn. (TN Tribune) – The Hopewell Baptist Church congregation will return to worship at 10:00 a.m. in their historic building on Sunday, October 23, 2022. The return to the building also marks the 108th anniversary of this historic congregation. Founded in 1914, as an offshoot of Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of Nashville’s oldest […]]]>

Nashville Tenn. (TN Tribune) – The Hopewell Baptist Church congregation will return to worship at 10:00 a.m. in their historic building on Sunday, October 23, 2022. The return to the building also marks the 108th anniversary of this historic congregation.

Founded in 1914, as an offshoot of Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of Nashville’s oldest congregations. Hopewell left her Ireland Street location due to the growth of her congregation. The Third Baptist Church for whom the building was designed decided to sell in 1959, as whites began to leave town for the suburbs as blacks began to occupy more of North Nashville. Hopewell purchased the building and rectory.
In 1979, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building and the congregation are significant because of their connection to the German and African American peoples of North Nashville and to architect Henri Gibel, of the firm (Thompson, Gibel and Asmus) who lived at 9th and Jefferson Street. He is also the designer of the Nashville Arcade.

This church building and arcade are the only two known remaining examples of the architect’s work in Nashville. The building was constructed between 1902 and 1903 and, like the arcade, reflects neo-Romanesque design.

The congregation led by Pastor Derrick Moore is known as the “biggest little church in Dixie” because of its ties to international missionary work and as one of the founding churches of the Nashville City District Association. The congregation worshiped at various churches in the city, including the Corinthian Baptist Church where Reverend Enoch Fuzz is pastor.

The congregations are grateful to the City of Nashville, the Nashville Historical Commission, and residents across the state for their generous donations in response to the building’s destruction by the tornado.

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Government returns church building property https://stmattslaramie.com/government-returns-church-building-property/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 00:44:38 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/government-returns-church-building-property/ The Pinghe County government returned the property to a church in China’s southeast coastal province of Fujian because it was occupied by another organization 70 years ago. As a Chinese-style ordinary house, Gospel Church in Jiufeng Town, Pinghe County, was occupied by other organizations after the 1949 Chinese Revolution. property of religious organizations, the county […]]]>

The Pinghe County government returned the property to a church in China’s southeast coastal province of Fujian because it was occupied by another organization 70 years ago.

As a Chinese-style ordinary house, Gospel Church in Jiufeng Town, Pinghe County, was occupied by other organizations after the 1949 Chinese Revolution. property of religious organizations, the county government held an executive meeting this year to discuss church land ownership disputes, agreeing to return all land use rights and house ownership, and informing the church to register the building.

With the introduction of the Gospel in 1905, a church belonging to the Church of Christ in China was established in the town of Jiufeng, located in Pinghe County, which was established in 1518 and whose name was given by the emperor. Chen Shiyi, Chen Shi and Zhang Xiangxian once fed church believers belonging to the Luxi Church.

According to Pinghe Geographical Directory of Christianity, the American Church of Christ sent a pastor whose Chinese name was Reverend Lu Jiubo to Pinghe in 1872 to preach the gospel. After 1892, 14 churches and chapels were built successively, including Nansheng Church, Wuzhai Church, Wenfeng Chapel and Xiazhai Chapel. In 1949, when the People’s Republic of China was founded, there were 1,042 Christians in Pinghe and 35 Christians in Jiufeng. In 1946, the owner of Jiufeng Church was Liu Jihe from the Church of Christ in China.

According to Jiufeng local elders, before 1949, foreigners and American believers would go and give sermons at the Jiufeng Church, holding services on Saturdays and Sundays and handing out milk and sweets to attendees.

Although the church was closed due to occupation after 1949, the gospel was spread again by Sun Shujuan of Zhangzhou in Fujian. Along with other believers from the Zhangzhou church, Sun preached the gospel to her husband’s family in Jiufeng on October 1, 2000. After the prayer, the Lord healed Zeng Chunhui, the youngest man in the family, of his repeated fever which did not improve even after taking medication. Later, they led Zeng and his wife to offer prayers of confession and repentance. The next morning, the couple asked these Christians to help them remove the idols from their house, deciding to worship God with all their hearts. In order to strengthen their faith, the Zhangzhou church sent two young pastors to serve in Jiufeng in November 2000. Arranged by the church after the Spring Festival in 2001, Zeng and his wife went to Shencheng Church in Quanzhou City to attend a course for believers. , attending the Bible study class held by the Zhangzhou Church in Hongkeng Village, Nanjing County. On July 1 of that year, they were baptized, becoming the first Christian couple in Jiufeng after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Then they returned to Jiufeng to spread the gospel until now.

(The article was originally published by Gospel Times and the author is a Christian from Fujian Province.)

– Translated by Abigail Wu

福建省平和县九峰福音堂

Government returns church building property

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Upstate New York congregation finds storefront worship ‘liberating’ after selling church building – Episcopal News Service https://stmattslaramie.com/upstate-new-york-congregation-finds-storefront-worship-liberating-after-selling-church-building-episcopal-news-service/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 20:17:22 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/upstate-new-york-congregation-finds-storefront-worship-liberating-after-selling-church-building-episcopal-news-service/ Trinity Place, in a downtown Geneva, New York storefront, is the new headquarters of Trinity Episcopal Church, a more than 200-year-old congregation that vacated its historic building in 2018. Photo: Cameron Miller [Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Rochester, New York, thought they had the perfect solution to their inability to […]]]>

Trinity Place, in a downtown Geneva, New York storefront, is the new headquarters of Trinity Episcopal Church, a more than 200-year-old congregation that vacated its historic building in 2018. Photo: Cameron Miller

[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Rochester, New York, thought they had the perfect solution to their inability to maintain their historic but aging building. A developer has agreed to buy Trinity Episcopal Church in Geneva’s Finger Lakes town and turn it into a boutique hotel – while continuing to let Trinity use the former sanctuary for its services.

To make way for the developer’s renovations, the congregation in 2018 began worshiping in a rented downtown storefront, a move parishioners thought was temporary.

Then a surprising thing happened. They really enjoyed worshiping in the rented space.

The storefront, a former wine bar in the bustling downtown entertainment district, was only a mile from the old church, but a more intimate venue, and its flexibility made a variety of uses possible. The financial benefits were obvious – no church buildings to maintain.

“Not having a building is so liberating,” the Reverend Cameron Miller, Trinity’s part-time rector, told Episcopal News Service as he described how the congregation gradually grew to adopt the storefront as its permanent home. They named it Trinity Place, and Sunday services regularly draw around 30 worshippers, enough to nearly fill the hall.

Now, Trinity reflects on how her renewed sense of mission can continue to grow and evolve. Church leaders talked about creating “micro-churches” that would meet in a variety of places, for different purposes, and for different communities. And adding $340,000 from the sale of the property, he now has a $1 million endowment to support future projects.

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The congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church in Geneva, New York, dates from 1806. Main Street Church was built in 1844 and partially rebuilt after a fire in 1932. Photo: savetrinity.org

“It’s amazing. We have this space here now that we worship in, that we love. We have the use of this other space [in the old church] that people love and that the community loves. It’s an abundance of resources,” Miller said. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity for this church to experiment with new ways of being church, because it’s pretty clear that the old way of being church isn’t working.”

Trinity, founded in 1806, had been struggling with declining membership for about two decades when Miller arrived in 2016 as the first permanent priest in many years. Its first objective was to lead the congregation, made up largely of elderly people, in a process of discernment on its future, in particular on what should be done with its parish buildings.

As part of the process, the congregation determined the true cost of the facility, including the cost of properly preserving the buildings after years of deferred maintenance. The conclusion is sobering: $250,000 a year, far more than the $135,000 in annual revenue the congregation has budgeted in pledges and endowment proceeds.

“You’re looking at a big shortfall,” Miller said, and even if the congregation was able to raise money for repairs, “is that what you want to put all your energy and staff into, running a building?”

The congregation researched various options, including leasing space in the church for community use and partnering with a property developer on an adaptive reuse project. During this process, church leaders met Mark McGroarty, a Toronto-based developer, who offered to turn the parish house and parsonage into 29 hotel rooms while renovating the sanctuary for weddings and the like. events.

Trinity Shrine

An artist rendering shows what the renovated Trinity Shrine will look like when converted into an event space, such as for weddings and receptions. Photo: savetrinity.org

Members of the congregation held a meeting to review the McGroarty Investments proposal and other options. About 35 parishioners attended, and all but one said they favored the boutique hotel plan.

“It was a decision of the vestry, but the vestry wanted there to be consensus,” Miller said. “The agreement was that we would continue to be able to worship there and have an office in the building.”

That deal, however, was delayed when some neighbors sued to block the redevelopment, claiming it would change the character of the residential neighborhood. As this litigation dragged on, the congregation moved out of the old church building and into the storefront.

“After we worshiped there for about three months, the congregation fell in love with the worship there,” Miller said. “The level of energy in worship was incredible, and because it was a multipurpose space, we could adapt the space for liturgical seasons and go from formal to casual to intimate. It just allowed for so much creativity .

The new location in the heart of downtown has brought new life to the congregation, Miller said, with a large portion of new worshipers who have never attended previous services in the traditional church. Trinity Place has also invited non-profit community groups to use the space free of charge when services are not taking place.

As for some neighbors’ efforts to block the redevelopment project, their petition opposing approval of a zoning board went to a New York State Court of Appeals, which ruled on the side of the promoter and the congregation in December 2020.

Trinity completed the sale in June 2022 and McGroarty Investments is expected to begin building renovations by the end of this year. The shrine-turned-event space could become available for Trinity use again by June 2024, Miller said.

The congregation is discussing the possibility of forming a second worship community to resume services in the church sanctuary, although Trinity Place will remain the congregation’s home base. Other new ideas include a “sacred meals” ministry for young adults interested in gathering on weeknights.

With older churches, often “the tail of the building is wagging the dog,” Miller said. His congregation was sorry to say goodbye to the old church but don’t look back.

“There has been heartbreak, there is no doubt about it. We went through a whole process of intentional grieving when we left the building,” Miller said, but as they settled into their new space, the consensus was, “Oh my God, this is so awesome!

– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.

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Nebo United Methodist Church building, land for sale after members vote to close https://stmattslaramie.com/nebo-united-methodist-church-building-land-for-sale-after-members-vote-to-close/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 20:11:00 +0000 https://stmattslaramie.com/nebo-united-methodist-church-building-land-for-sale-after-members-vote-to-close/ In June, the remaining members of Nebo United Methodist Church voted to permanently close the church and join other congregations. Located at 117 Nebo School Road, the stone building of the old church dates from the 1920s. The structures and surrounding property are now for sale. PHOTOS COURTESY OF WESLEY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT A historic McDowell […]]]>





In June, the remaining members of Nebo United Methodist Church voted to permanently close the church and join other congregations. Located at 117 Nebo School Road, the stone building of the old church dates from the 1920s. The structures and surrounding property are now for sale.


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A historic McDowell County church that served the needs of countless members voted earlier this year to permanently close its doors. And the old church building and property is now for sale.

Located at 117 Nebo School Road, Nebo United Methodist Church has deep roots in McDowell County. Its stone construction dates from the 1920s. And its historic Wilson-Ballew Memorial Cemetery is the final resting place for families who have belonged to this church for generations.

But during the summer, the remaining members of the congregation decided to close the doors of the church forever. The reason was declining membership, said the Reverend Mark Ralls, who is the superintendent for the Blue Ridge district in the Western North Carolina Conference.

“Over the past few decades, Nebo United Methodist Church, like other churches across the United States, has experienced a steady decline in membership due to a variety of factors,” Ralls said in a statement. prepared. “In the face of dwindling membership and tithes, the church that once nurtured the faith of so many and provided vital ministry to its community could no longer sustain those ministries.”

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Because of this painful reality, the remaining members voted in June to close Nebo United Methodist Church, he added.

“The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church (WNCC) has assisted the congregation through this heartbreaking process,” Ralls said in his statement.

When the decision was announced on Facebook, people with deep ties to this church were quick to react.

“I’m so sad about this,” Robin Ballew Culbertson wrote on Facebook. “As my mother was an organist for many years, I literally grew up in this church. I was baptized there, married there and most of my family is buried there. I have such fond memories of playing with my friends on the church steps during choir practice, singing in the cantatas, and lighting the candles before worship. I was so proud that my great-grandmother was responsible for preparing communion all those years ago. She spent a lot of time washing those little glass cups.







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“In the face of dwindling membership and tithes, the church that once nurtured the faith of so many and provided vital ministry to its community could no longer sustain those ministries.”

— The Reverend Mark Ralls, superintendent of the Blue Ridge District in the Western North Carolina Conference.


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“I remember the smell of fresh grass coming in through the windows during services (before the air conditioning),” she wrote. “I remember being fascinated by the fact that people who had no idea how to read music could figure out how to sing an anthem. I remember looking up at the ceiling of the choir closet and wondering what the attic looked like behind that little hatch. I’ve done that a lot. I also looked out the basement windows a lot, wishing we could set up the basement for a secret hangout for the kids. Our church was small but we had big hearts.

William Brown III wrote: “This is such sad news. There was (and always will be) a place in my heart for Nebo Methodist. I was baptized in Nebo Methodist and went there when I was young. My fondest memories are of the saints in the church of my youth. The Stacey sisters, Watson Wilson, Helen Plant, Grace Stepp, Jack and Grace Baldwin, Jack and Nancy Corpening, Bob and Louise Ballew, and many more. I can still see them and where they used to sit in church every Sunday. I can still feel Watson Wilson shake my hand. So many memories from so long ago. It’s so sad to see Nebo Methodist closing. So, very sad.







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This is the interior of the building that housed Nebo United Methodist Church.


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“This is very sad news,” Glenda Henson wrote on Facebook. “Nebo Methodist has been there all my life. When I was young, I lived near the church, so the pastor’s children were always my best friends. I went to Vacation Bible School there all summer when I was a kid. So very very sad.

“So sorry to hear this,” wrote Barbara Kyles. “This church has been around for as long as I can remember.”







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Countless people have worshiped in this building which was once the Nebo United Methodist Church.


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As with all churches closing in the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC), church property has been put up for sale by the Conference Board of Trustees. All proceeds from the property sale will go into a fund that provides financial support for starting new churches and vital, innovative ministries within the WNCC, according to Ralls.

“These members, who faithfully made the difficult decision to close Nebo UMC, now join other churches in their community and continue to remain dedicated to their mission to follow God and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. “, said Ralls. . “While it is always difficult to see a church close, we offer thanksgiving for the lives that have been changed through the ministries of Nebo UMC and celebrate the ongoing missions and ministries of United Methodist churches in the west. of North Carolina.”

The real estate listing for the building and property is available online: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/117-Nebo-School-Rd-Nebo-NC/26783485/?utm_campaign=CDX&utm_source=email&utm_content=4307177







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The scholarship/educational building consists of classrooms, a residential-style kitchen, bathrooms, and a large flexible dining area.


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This is the dining room in the Fellowship Hall/Education Building.


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“The church property consists of a beautiful stone chapel built with river rocks harvested from a tributary of Lake James in 1928,” reads the property listing. “The unfinished basement is an open space with revealed foundation walls. Upstairs is the small sanctuary, the offices, the choir room and two bathrooms. Added at an unknown later date, the scholarship/education hall building consists of classrooms, a residential-style kitchen, bathrooms, and a large flexible dining hall.







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Wilson-Ballew Memorial Cemetery on the site of the former Nebo United Methodist Church is the final resting place of families who have belonged to that church for generations. It has been subdivided from church property and former church members will own and maintain the cemetery, according to the property listing.


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The buildings cover 8,858 square feet and the property is four acres. Legal access to the site is only from US 70. Although an entrance exists on Nebo School Road, no legal easements are in place. Any continuation of such an easement will be the responsibility of the purchaser. The neighbor owner of the Nebo School Road access has expressed a willingness to explore an easement, but none is in place at this time, according to the property listing.

As for the cemetery, it has been subdivided from church property and former church members will own and maintain the cemetery. Lawful access to do this will be granted via an easement, according to the property listing.

The price of the building and the land is $435,000.

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