By Chris Wilson/Monroe Journal
AMORY – The historic former First Christian Church on Third Street that has been dubbed The Windows will soon be off the market and on the way to becoming a civic center for creative and cultural events. The church was built in 1926 and is currently for sale.
According to The Windows Initiative steering committee member Faye Pickle, the deadline had arrived at the end of August for purchasing the church, but not enough money had yet been raised to do so.
Pickle said that the group has raised more than $30,000 but that they still need about $45,000 to $50,000 more. “We are looking at getting a loan to purchase it,” Pickle said. “Then we will have some time to raise the money.”
“We’re really still in deep need of additional funding for this project,” Pickle said. “To get to the closing table and to do some immediate repairs that are needed.”
The church, while structurally sound, is in need of minor roof repairs and some plaster repair inside where water damage has occurred.
The group is in the process of working on its articles of incorporation to become a Mississippi non-profit. CREATE, Inc. in Tupelo will remain the group’s fiscal agent for the time being, handling financial administrative tasks.
The closing date for the purchase of the church has been set for Sept. 30. Not including any repairs, the group needs $80,000 to buy the church and to cover closing costs.
Pickle said they will need to immediately get volunteers to help clean the building and will then come up with a plan of action for future work on it. Some cleaning days will be set in October to spruce up the place.
The streering committee is already working on plans for the first event to be held at The Windows, an open house on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 2-4 p.m. There will be docents stationed throughout the church to answer the public’s questions while they tour the facility.
A shawl that was donated to the cause by local artist Linda Lindale will be given away at the open house. Raffle tickets for the item have been on sale and the shawl has been on display at local banks during the past month. The winner does not have to be present to win it.
Other fundraising events are also being planned. The committee also plans to begin applying for grants to help with converting the church to a performing and visual arts center. To keep up with The Windows project, visit its website at www.thewindowsamoryms.org. For information, call 256-5373 or 256-5558. To make a donation, call those numbers or contact a committee member. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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