The purchase of the church building also included the boiler and the air conditioning unit. Many times over the years we experienced issues with our boiler, though it normally could be repaired. However, in early 2017, it stopped putting out heat. We hired an HVAC company and learned that it was leaking carbon monoxide in very high concentrations. By law, the HVAC company was compelled to shut down the boiler and inform us to replace it.
This is where you come in. We need your help in securing enough money to pay for the boiler. We have received quotes from five companies and the average estimate is approximately $15,000 total for both the boiler which is $8,000 and air conditioning unit $7,000 which is coming to the end of its useful life. We have our return units in our attic so besides replacing the boiler downstairs, they have to work way up in our steeple. It is quite a lot of work that the HVAC has to do to get everything working again for us so our costs are a lot higher.
Unfortunately, that cost is way beyond what our small congregation can give. We are a church that lives from the generosity of our congregants, along with many other types of fundraisers like dances, garage sales, and other events. Our building is also used for AA meetings seven days a week, once a day except for Saturday which is twice a day.
As a church, we are very active in the Christian community. Once a month, we feed the poor and homeless in Chicago meeting the Night Ministry bus. We cook and feed those that stay in a homeless shelter in Oak Park, in addition to donating and volunteering at the Share Food, Share Love food pantry in Brookfield. We work with other churches in La Grange and Brookfield and in interfaith groups such as BEDS Plus, Pillars and the LaGrange/Brookfield Ministerial Alliance.
With your help, we can continue our ministries to those in need, not only of shelter and nourishment, but of a friendly face, a welcoming place to worship, a safe space to be who God intended them to be As Matthew quotes Jesus, “ For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Please consider donating so that we can replace the boiler before cold weather. We are a very prayerful congregation and will be praying for everyone.
Holy Covenant MCC is an open and affirming Christian community of faith that has been serving the Chicagoland area for over 30 years. We celebrate our call to embody the spirit of hospitality. It is in this spirit that we welcome people of all genders, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and socio-economic means to participate in the full life and ministry of our church.
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