of Creekside Church
and the former Elkhart City COB
At the May 1998
Council meeting, it was recommended by the Discernment Committee
and accepted by the congregation that the church board should appoint
five task groups:
- Prayer Task
Group was to seek God's will as Elkhart City Church moved toward
a decision of location and future ministry.
Task Group was to review the physical facilities including the
necessary renovation to resolve safety issues, to improve the
building's potential for ministry as well as make needed repairs,
and endeavor to obtain approximate costs involved from contractors
stopping short of the expense of blueprints.
Task Group was to identify one or two appropriate locations should
there be a decision to build a new church and contact recently
constructed churches to learn the cost of construction and the
date completed, the average worship attendance of the church,
and the square footage built.
Telephone Canvass Task Group was to do a telephone canvassing
of the neighborhood around the church to learn about the church
involvement of households in the neighborhood, ages of children
and youth in the household, the degree of openness to church involvement
from those who are not active in the church, and the concerns
residents had about the needs in the neighborhood.
Outreach Task Group was to identify at least one specific outreach
strategy for the neighborhood and involve others in carrying out
At the November
1997 Council meeting the Discernment Committee reported setting
up more cottage meetings beginning November 16.
1, 1998, approximately 125 persons attended a specially called Congregational
Business Meeting with Carol Waggy as Moderator. Nelda Risden, Executive
Board Chair, read the following recommendation from the Church Board:
"It is the recommendation of the church Board that the Elkhart
City Church of the Brethren move to another location." After
discussion ballots were passed out. The resultant vote was to move.
It was reported
at the May 2 Council meeting that the New Location Task Force was
looking at available real estate, planning fund-raising activities
and accumulating ideas for design. Two appraisers were to review
the building, but the church was not listed for sale. The church
property was appraised at $72,000 for the parsonage; church and
parking lot, $220,000 to $365,000; and the lot across the street
from the church $17,000. It was also reported that a request had
been made by the Immanuel Apostolic church, a group with about 25-30
members, to share the church building for worship and church school.
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