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Local church plans fundraiser for building

By Elisabeth Dodd, Staff Writer

The Church of Nazarene in Liberty has been without a building since June and is fundraising to build and settle in a new church for its congregation.

Mike Konkle, the pastor for the Church of Nazarene, discovered that old church building had to be condemned due to the crumbling foundation. With such an expensive foundational repair, Konkle decided that the financially sound decision would be to construct a newer building. In addition to the cost, Konkle was motivated by the idea of having a one-floor building with no stairs, which would be universally accessible to anyone with physical disabilities. The new building will be resurrected in the same spot as the old church, on 220 W. High St.

As for a building timeline, Konkle is hopeful that construction can begin in November and that the new property will be ready by late spring. Until then, the congregation will continue to meet at the Urban Winkler building which is helping out the church while they need it.

“It's not bad at all, there's lots of seating set up for us there and we are in pretty good shape,” said Konkle.

The cost of the church will end up being around $300,000, but there are fundraising events on the horizon, such as bake sales, to help mitigate those costs. On Sunday they hosted a benefit walk where people could sit down and purchase lunch, or take it on the go while others walked laps and raised money. More than 100 people came out to show support for the church and enjoy a Sunday afternoon.