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Sunday, May 18, 2014 8:04 PM

BY NANCY SPENCER

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DELPHOS — Sunday was an historic day for Trinity United Methodist Church as its leaders and members broke ground for the church’s Family Life Center at 702 Ambrose Drive. The Rev. David Howell led the celebration.

“What started in 1933 as a desire of members to build a new church with a family life center is finally coming true,” Howell said. “In the 30s, the church voted to move west of the canal and even purchased property on West Third Street but it wasn’t meant to be. Today, we start what will become the reality of that dream.”

Former church pastor, the Rev. John Medaugh, Northwest Plains District Superintendent the Rev. Dr. Steve Bennett, Phase I Building Committee Co-Chair Andy North and Delphos Mayor Michael Gallmeier all marked Trinity’s “Journey.”

Seeing a significant growth in the church membership in the early 2000s, the Needs Analysis Committee was formed in February 2005 and on Nov. 5, 2006, the congregation voted to accept the committee’s recommendation to relocate and form the Building Committee. On May 10, 2010, the congregation voted to purchase property on Ambrose Drive and establish a Capital Campaign Committee, which raised $1.5 million in personal letters of intent. In April 2013, the Phase I Building Committee was formed to present a design for a facility that would house a community center/kitchen and daycare/preschool within a budget of approximately $1.2 million. In November 2013, the Administrative Council approved the plans and authorized the committee to hire a contractor.

“We looked at doing the work on the existing building and a new building and we just couldn’t see putting that much money in the building we have and still end up without the things we needed for a growing church — young couples and young families,” North said.”Without the support of the entire church, fundraising and contributions, this couldn’t have happened.”

A rendering shows what the Family Life Center will look like once completed. (Submitted photo)The 14,748-square-foot steel and mortar building will include a fellowship hall, kitchen, restrooms, offices and four classrooms for Tender Times Child Development Center and other groups. The parking lot will hold 100 vehicles with a hall large enough for 500.

Alexander & Bebout is the contractor and Ulms, Inc., has been working on site preparation.

A tentative deadline is November so the church’s annual Christmas Bazaar can be held at the new facility the first Wednesday in December.

The project is currently awaiting permits from the state, which are expected to arrive later this month or in June.

The local UPWARD basketball and cheerleading program was moved to the Hartford Christian Church Fellowship Center east of Spencerville in the early 2000s and the new facility will allow that program to return to Delphos.

Future plans including adding a sanctuary and the entire church and its activities will be moved to the Ambrose Drive location. An additional commitment of $2-$2.5 million is needed to complete Phase II of the project.

Ground for the church’s current home was broken on April 17, 1955.

 

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