of Creekside Church
and the former Elkhart City COB
David Eis became
interim part-time associate pastor on July 1, 1998.
for the new church was in progress. It was estimated that 10-12
acres would be needed at a cost of $10,000 to $50,000 per acre.
A recommendation that the church enter into a four month agreement
with the Immanuel Apostolic church to share the physical facility
was unanimously passed. The current Sunday service continued with
very little change. The original educational wing behind the balcony
was used for their Sunday school.
A weekly community
dinner was held in the church Fellowship Hall Wednesday evenings
beginning mid-October with the concept of extending hospitality
to people of the community as well as unchurched acquaintances and
to provide an opportunity to fellowship with members of the church
community. The meal was prepared by a church volunteer, with adult
church school classes helping with serving and clean-up.
became the focus of the Deacons and the congregation in 2000.
In the summer
of 2000 an offer was made in writing by the Greater Wayside Temple
Church of God in Christ, a black church worshiping on Goshen Avenue
in Elkhart, to purchase the Elkhart City building. After several
months of negotiations the Elkhart City congregation voted to accept
the purchase offer on March 11, 2001.
was received from Little Pine Church of the Brethren for discussion
of a possible merger. Search continued around the south and east
sides of Elkhart for 12-15 acres suitable to purchase for the new
church building site.
campaign capital fund drive headed by Resources Services, Inc. was
begun in May to raise funds for the church location. Pledges by
church members totaling $439,000 were to be raised over a three
year period. As of November $73,000 was received to be put into
the church building account.
Paula Mumaw resigned in December and Tamara Fritz assumed that position
to finish the 2000-2001 school year.
Jean Mann and
David Eis who previously held interim positions, became full-fledged
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