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Footloose Church Needs Surgery

$9,335 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 16 months
Created April 3, 2018
AFPRES, American Fork Community Presbyterian Church, has been serving the Utah County community for 140 years!  Our little church played central roles in movies like Footloose, the Butter Cream Gang, and  the TV series Touched by an Angel.  AFPRES has been and continues to be a spiritual home and safe-place for well over a century.  In 1878, the first corner stone was laid, and since then our heart and focus is to serve our community.  In 1879, Miss Ada Kingsbury, a bold Presbyterian missionary,  made the difficult pilgrimage to Utah to begin a school for children living American Fork and neighboring towns.  At this point in American history, public education had not reached the west. Miss Kingsbury brought the gift of education to children in Utah County regardless of their faith.  Her goal was peace, love, and a hope for a brighter future for children and their families. Since then, the church has continued in pioneering initiatives to serve and bless the community.   Today, AFPRES supports a congregation of Congolese refugees who worship Sunday afternoons in our historic building.  We support the Circles Program which helps those who are struggling financially to walk out of poverty and into a brighter future.  Several 12-step programs meet weekly to help those in need.  On our grounds is a specially designed playground for children with autism and their families. The Community Playground, one of a very few in Utah,  is open to all and is a safe, enclosed space for children to play, grown and learn.  On Saturday, July 21, 2018, AFPRES will celebrate 140 years and dedicate the Community Playground.  We hope you will see AFPRES as a vibrant spiritual community church that is praying for Utah County, walking with the Lord, and doing their best to represent Him well.    As we begin our planning our 140th anniversary celebration, we acknowledge our church is in need of your help.  Our 140 year old cedar shake sanctuary roof is old and is leaking.  Additionally, our nearly 50 year old Educational Building roof is in need to repair.  Sometimes our pastor finds the ceiling tiles in his office have crumbled all over his desk.  The pastor's office and Gathering Room have flooded with rain runoff and snow-melt coming through the roof of the Educational Building.  We must replace both roofs as soon as possible.  For years we have been patching them up, fixing leaks, and doing our best to sooth the wounds, but we have reached a point where we can no longer mitigate the damage. The roofs need total replacement and this expense is something that is simply not feasible for our small, yet vibrant church.  NEWS STORIES AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT OUR PROJECT, HOPES AND GOALS. DESERET NEWS https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900021065/we-shape-our-buildings-and-they-shape-us.html DAILY HERALD https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/american-fork/iconic-american-fork-church-needs-community-help-for-new-roof/article_16d1ab37-6dde-591b-a2ae-6d99245e8fe8.html CACHE VALLEY DAILY http://m.cachevalleydaily.com/mobile/news/article_b8e33306-4da7-11e8-bbdd-7b21f226de8b.html Daily Herald Report About Pastor Michael Heil who created this GoFundMe page for the church: https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/north/american-fork/american-fork-church-continues-mission-with-new-pastor/article_360aafa5-cf8d-581e-9a2c-241c67eb7e9a.html KUTV NEWS http://kutv.com/news/local/utahs-famous-footloose-church-in-need-of-repairs KSL NEWS https://www.ksl.com/article/46315454/congregation-raising-money-to-repair-church-featured-in-footloose ABC NEWS GOOD 4 UTAH: http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/congregation-of-footloose-church-raises-funds-for-much-needed-repairs/1165131332 KVNU RADIO INTERVIEW WITH PASTOR MICHAEL HEIL: https://www.kvnutalk.com/4-30-2018-2/ FOX 13 NEWS SOUNTBYTE: http://fox13now.com/2018/04/29/utah-church-featured-in-footloose-needs-help-funding-repairs/ DONATION AND SHARING INFORMATIONi If you would like to donate directly (without the fees of Gofundme) you can visit our site  www.afpres.com and press the big green "Give Now" button. There will be an option to donate to the roof fund specifically. All donations given through the site are tax deductible and a form will be generated and emailed to you at the end of the fiscal year. You can also donate here on gofund me, if you want to share this page with others the link is  https://www.gofundme.com/footloose-church-needs-surgery!  To learn more about AFPRES, please visit: Our Website,  www.afpres.com Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AFPresbyterian/  Thank you, and may the Lord bless you and keep you.  - American Fork Community Presbyterian Church         
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We feel humbled by all the generous support we are receiving and our desire is to express our gratitude and give back. We are organizing something specially for all those who have donated and helped us meet our goals in any way. So therefore we would like to invite you to our special 'Thank You' brunch on October 13th. Please see the invitation attached to this update! If you'd like to come and join us, please RSVP by October 1st. You can call our church office or send the church an email/message. Phone number and email are in the invitation. We're hoping to see you there!
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Today we signed a contract and handed over a check to S & S Roofing. That means renovations are under way!
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As our church has gathered funds for our 140th anniversary, it is our duty as a non-profit and as a church to be completely transparent about the way in which these funds are spent. As you know, and as was originally outlined, our fundraising efforts were born out of our desire to celebrate 140 years of service to our Lord and King Jesus Christ here in this valley. The hopeful outcome of the fundraising was that the church might be able to make some necessary renovations. As we look towards the future and anticipate another 140 years of service we have had nearly a dozen contractors analyze the churches condition and situation so as to ensure that we ensue the best possible plan of action.

After much prayer and the inquiry of many professional advisors our leadership team has decided upon the following plan of action.
1) The Kershaw Education Building is in the most dire state and must be addressed immediately (we will be signing an agreement tomorrow to begin the procedures for replacing this roof).
2) After professionals analyzed the sanctuary roof they stated that the sanctuary roof will last longer than initially thought. If the proper procedures are undergone, they believe it could last another 5-10 years. Starting next week, therefore, Cedar Shakes across the roof will be repaired and replaced in accordance with professional recommendations. The sanctuary roof will also be covered with linseed oil to preserve the existing materials and the bell tower will be repaired. It was a hard decision for our leadership team, to decide to go with basic repairs, but based off of the advice we received, we fully believe it to be the most economical decision. Basic repairs will allow us to get the most out of the existing roof while we get architectural advice, proper materials, and continue saving towards a complete repair (this process may take several years, but it is in the works and we will continue providing updates).
3) The Manse is the home that the church owns and provides for its pastor. This roof is similar in state to the Education Building. The goal is to finish repairs on this roof before Winter sets in.
4) Our fundraising has brought many great non-profits into our church such as Habitat for Humanity and Just Serve as well as other independent contractors. These groups have volunteered to help us make some major and necessary improvements to our church grounds free of charge. Improvements will include, but not be limited to: replacing damaged ceiling tiles, replacing damaged entrance ramps, sealing the sanctuary windows, painting projects across the church grounds, replacing/repairing broken swamp coolers, power washing the building, replacement of corroding sewage lines, and replacement of two windows in the sanctuary.
All funds donated with specific memo’s for roof repairs will be explicitly used on the repair and replacement of the three pending roof projects. These funds have been placed in a special account for this specific purpose. In regards to the additional needs (that have sprouted up as the project has gained momentum and as we have inquired professional advice) the church will pull from its own savings and/or use funds that had a special memo annotating that they were for ‘renovations’ or ‘to be used according to the churches discernment’.
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We would like everyone to know that with the help of DoTerra, the Highland stake, and many other delightful friends from the community we have met our fundraising goal!

We have gotten 9 bids on the various roofing and renovation projects and the professionals have advised us that the most urgent need is the reparation of our Kershaw Education building which is on the church campus. Renovations on this roof will begin September 10th. We are so grateful and excited to see things coming together. We will be posting photos and updates as the renovations continue.
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$9,335 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 89 people in 16 months
Created April 3, 2018
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Leslie Ortiz
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Carin Hadley
13 months ago
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Anonymous
13 months ago
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14 months ago
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