RACINE — After three years of fundraising efforts, members of the Carmel-Sutton United Methodist Church (UMC) in Racine were ready to brake ground recently for a new worship center.
The congregation, lead by Pastor Arland King, had outgrown their current location, and voted unanimously to move forward with the project earlier this year. They currently meet in two buildings, the former Sutton UMC and Carmel UMC.
The Sutton location has been used as their worship center since the merger, and the congregation has outgrown the facility as well as the parking lot.
Both Sutton and Carmel church buildings are aging and in need of repairs, and offer no room for expansion. A new site was selected on Pleasant View Road about two miles from the current worship center, and can be seen from Bashan Road.
With the groundbreaking complete, the ground moving is scheduled to begin soon. The building has been ordered from the manufacturer and plans are for an opening in the summer of 2017.
“We look to have it under roof by winter and finished by next summer,” said member Kathy McDaniel. “We have been fundraising for more than three years to make our new building a reality.”
Adult members have been busy with fundraising efforts, but credit also goes to the 26 members of the youth group, who sold calendars and donated the money to the building fund.
During a service honoring the group for their efforts, member Maxine Rose commented: “This group is the reason that Carmel-Sutton UMC continues to grow. Plus we have congregation that is eager to hear the Gospel and Pastor Arland King who preaches the word.”
The new structure will be able to hold 234 people for worship service and offer ample space for parking.
Members are optimistic the new facility will serve them well in years to come by allowing their activities to be centered at one location with room to expand as needed.
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551