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BREMEN â€” Bremen United Methodist Church is raising funds to build a new center.
At a special combined service Sunday, June 23, BUMC announced the beginning of its Scriptural Funding Campaign to raise funds to build a new Family Life Center.
The fundraising theme is â€śBuilding Bridges.â€ť
â€śBremen United Methodist Church is passionate about reaching the unchurched and the lost,â€ť Pastor Jeff Smith said in a news release.
â€śWe build relationships with those who want to know Jesus by building bridges: Bridges across the chasm of intolerance and indifference, bridges of opportunities to find healing and renewal, bridges over the divide of suspicion and ignorance, bridges that obliterate obstacles created by a secular culture and bridges from a rich, tradition laden past to a future of bright possibility.â€ť
Presently the ministries of the church are housed in three buildings.
The south campus building â€“ formally Salem Church â€“ houses the traditional service, offices, adult classrooms, and part of the day care.
The day care building has the day care office and rest of the day care classrooms.
The student center â€“ formally the Grace Church â€“ is used for the Adventure Club, Impact youth ministries, contemporary service, cub and boy scout meetings, and fellowship hall.
The new family life center will put all ministries in one building.
The new center
The new center will be just south of the south campus building where the parking lot is now at the corner of Montgomery and South streets.
The new facility is planned in building phases in order to expand as the churchâ€™s ministries efforts expand.
Phase one will first get all ministries in a single building.
The church has waited a long time for this and can hardly wait, according to the press release.
Future phases can add a second story to the day care and classroom wing, expand the sanctuary, or add additional fellowship space.
â€śI really like the flexibility of the design to add to and change as our ministries require,â€ť said Sandy Krost, building chair.
The â€śBuilding Bridgesâ€ť campaign has set a goal of $1 million.
The congregation was challenged to sacrifice equally to reach those goals, the news release states. Not everyone can give the same amount, but everyone can all sacrifice equally.