On September 13, 2011, we were gifted this beautiful complex, including a stately church built in 1894 and a pastoral center which was errected in 1970. This site served an Episcopal congregation from 1867 until its closure in 2011. The church was built following traditional Norman architectural guidelines with an impressive vaulted ceiling accented with walnut beams and a prominent Norman bell tower. The church has a complete original interior including a centenial pipe organ installed in the sanctuary in 1913. The church is listed on the National Registry of historic sites. The original stained glass windows are on the National Registry as well.
Since acccepting this historic building, we have invested $ 100,000.00 dollars to refurbish and restore this wonderful structure. This has included a new heating plan and exterior brick repair. We have opened the site to the local community for meetings, conferences and other events. We have established counseling offices in the pastoral center and provide counseling and educational programs to members of the local and surrounding communities, Our foundation offices provide community outreach targeting the working poor,
We are looking to complete the restoration process so that we can expand to hosting community dinners and develop this site as a community center hosting free concerts featuring our pipe organ along with other instruments and local artists. We are in the planning stage of developing the church into a "wedding chapel", providing a unique setting and experience for couples of all ages. The premises includes a warming kitchen and dinner hall, which will need to be upgraded to meet our plans and goals. Lastly, we are striving to preserve this facility as it is one of the oldest in the city of St. Johns, Michigan. It is a treasure that has served the local population for many decades and hopefully will continue for generations to come.
In order to complete our restoration effort and realize the above goals, we need to raise an additional $ 60,000.00 dolars. We sincerely appreciate your support both in contribution and in passing the word!
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