The congregation of White Mills Christian Church is hoping to raise $300,000 by year’s end to build a new building to replace the current church.
Laura Nall, a member of the church’s finance committee, said the church is trying to be proactive in getting a new building before the current one becomes too outdated and debilitated to use.
“You can’t wait until your building is falling down around you and then say, ‘Oh man, we need to be doing something,’” she said.
Church members say the building is more than 100 years old. Parts of the current church will be carried over to the new building, Nall said, such as the stained glass and pews.
“It’s going to have a mix of the old and the new to take us into the future,” she said.
Nall said the new church will be used by future generations, including her grandchildren.
“It’s hard to leave it because I’ve been in this church my whole life,” she said.
Once the money has been raised, Nall said finalizing the architectural plans for the building will be the next step.
On Saturday, church members prepared more than 300 meals of chicken, beans, coleslaw, bread and dessert to sell for the church’s building fund. In November, the church will host a Ladies Day Out fundraiser for the same purpose.
As of Saturday, about $258,000 had been raised.