17 April, 2024

Church Tower Repairs Completed (Plus News Briefs)

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Work on First Christian Church’s $3.2 million tower repair project has been completed, The Republic newspaper in Columbus, Ind., reported this week.  

An assessment of FCC’s campus by engineers in 2014 identified the 166-foot-tall masonry tower as the largest and most complex architectural repair needed at the church building designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen and completed in 1942. Considered the first Modernist church in America, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000.  

Donations for tower repairs came from church members, area residents, grant agencies, and several other campaign partners. Key project movers were the Landmark Columbus Foundation and Heritage Fund—the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. 

“The generosity, encouragement, and support from all sources have been overwhelming,” Tim Bond, executive minister of First Christian Church, told The Republic. “To know that such a diverse group from near and far have found an interest in the building, architecture, and history and can come together in harmony for a project like this is truly moving.”

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Point University’s spring ministry seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Band Building in West Point, Ga. Joe Putting, lead pastor of Tomoka Christian Church, Ormond Beach, Fla., will be speaker and will answer the question, “What happens when your church says yes?” Putting led Tomoka from fewer than 100 people to more than 5,000 attendees. Putting’s book, We Said Yes, dives into how Tomoka has carried the gospel to every nation on earth. In 2023, Tomoka gave $4 million to missions. The event is free and lunch is provided, but people who are planning to attend are asked to register.

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In February, the Common Grounds Unity podcast focuses on Black History Month. Co-hosts Tina Bruner and Rudy Hagood interview Dr. Jerry Taylor from the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action. The Feb. 2 episode is available, with the next episode dropping on Thursday. Look for the Common Grounds Unity Podcast via multiple platforms or go to www.commongroundsunity.org/podcast.

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Author Angela Thomas Pharr is slated to speak at the Milligan Ladies Luncheon at 11 a.m. April 6 at Milligan University. Pharr—who also is a gifted Bible teacher, disciple-maker, and storyteller—will share about her life experiences as a wife and mother, as she seeks to draw others into a deeper passion for knowing God. 

Registration for the event began on Feb. 1. Space is limited. Learn more and register at www.milligan.edu

This event is hosted by ALM, a ministry whose purpose is to raise scholarship dollars for the university, be an outreach to the campus community, and enrich women’s ministry in the local community.

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A man turned himself into the Lane County Sheriff’s Office after a hit-and-run accident damaged Fern Ridge Christian Church in Elmira, Ore., on Feb. 1. The man was cited for hit and run property damage, reckless driving, and driving uninsured, www.kezi.com reported. 

The vehicle smashed through “exterior siding, a layer of drywall, [an] internal wood structure and a short brick wall, leaving the room in disarray,” the website reported. The incident occurred at 7:10 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, will host the National Urban Ministries Conference Feb. 22–24. Southside has extended a special invitation to Independent Christian Church folks. Click here to learn more and to register.

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