The issue concerns black mold in the church basement. It was discovered after some recent work to fix a sewer line. The building was erected about 100 years ago by a local Lutheran congregation who outgrew it several decades ago. It has changed hands over the years and served as an incubator for several local congregations, most recently Evangelical Free, Southern Baptist, and now us. It is quite possible that the local non-profit agency that owns it may have to tear it down.
What's sad is that the sanctuary of this church is beautiful. Additionally, we've been told that the acoustics are the best in town. Our congregation has been in the building for six years and our people have grown to love the facility. It's wood floors, steam heat (with radiators), stained glass windows and all the creaking noises of an older building give it a unique charm.
Buildings like this aren't easy to find. We would appreciate your prayers as we try to locate a new home for our congregation. Of course, I've heard from many that "a church is more than a building." That may be true, but without a building the work of a church is made mmore difficult.