Proctorville church building new Life Center

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, October 29, 2008

PROCTORVILLE — Plans are under way for an 8,000 square-foot Family Life Center at New Hope United Methodist Church.

The building will house a children’s nursery, a youth center, a multi-use worship and fellowship area, classrooms and a kitchen.

An upcoming fund-raiser is scheduled for Saturday to help with the costs of the project. From 9 a .m.-5 p.m. there will be a Holiday Bazaar on the parking lot.

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“The New Hope Women have prepared some wonderful specialty baskets and are offering them at a reasonable price,” Mike Boster, church member, said. “These baskets are packed with nice items and will be available for sale throughout the day on Saturday and would make a great gift for that ‘special occasion’ day.”

The Family Life Center is part of the church’s ministry of outreach to the Proctorville area that includes the Rome Ministerial Association Food Pantry that serves residents in the Fairland School District.

“The food pantry is just one of many ways our church helps to reach out and assist people in need. The new building will allow us to do even more outreach,” Greg Inboden, the church’s pastor. “While the new project will help alleviate overcrowded conditions in the current facility, the new construction will also be a resource for people in the Proctorville and Rome Township communities and beyond. We consider the new space a community resource.”

The new center will be available for community events and gathering and part of the project is to build a larger kitchen to serve more, church officials say.

“Right now, we’re looking for funding for the kitchen. It was not included in the contract,” Rusty Jeter, building committee chair, said. “ The Holiday Bazaar will go a long way toward this project thanks to the women of New Hope.”

The bazaar will feature homemade apple butter, gift baskets, woodworking items, crafts, candies, baked goods, plants and herbs. There will also be a white elephant booth and a queen-sized quilt giveaway. Donations for the quilt are $1 a ticket or six tickets for $5. The quilt is in shades of blue, white and yellow and will be given away at 4 p.m. during the event.

There will also be face painting, a duck pond, a clown and a lunch featuring bens-n-cornbread, hot dogs, desserts and beverages. The church is located at 111 Township Road 1130, north of Proctorville. For more information or directions, contact the church office at (740) 886-5311.