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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

Hello Church,
The Board of The Downtown Church will have a town hall meeting immediately after service this Sunday to discuss exciting options regarding the old parsonage (also known as the Ragan House). 
As visitors approach The Downtown Church heading west on Walnut Street, the parsonage is the first church building they see. The time has arrived to either refurbish or raze the old parsonage. In either case, we want to enhance this property as a wonderful place where the church intersects with the community.
Our staff has received indicative estimates for both options. A refurbishment plan could cost around $200,000 and the board approved staff to acquire detailed contractor bids for consideration. The refurbishment plan includes tiered options, so the total cost could be reduced depending on which refurbishment options are selected. Additionally, sweat equity and potential grants could lower the outlay of church funds. Indicative estimates to raze the parsonage is between $50,000 to $100,000; the upper cost leveling the ground as usable outdoor space rather than a slope toward the main church building.   
Through your generous support and the stewardship of church staff, funds are already available to support this future decision. 
Before making a final decision, the Board of The Downtown Church wants to share how the indicative costs were acquired and discuss ideas on how the property could be used. The meeting will start as soon as possible after service on August 21st in the sanctuary.

We look forward to meeting with you.
Yours in Christ,
Brent Bossi, Board Chairperson
Hailey Magnus, Board Member & Lay Leader
Ethan Sykes, Board Member & Secretary
Josh Woodiel, Board Member & Treasurer
Linda Chorice, Board Member
Callie Gibson, Board Member
Linda Grayless, Board Member
Steve Miller, Board Member
Ken Owens, Board Member
Wade Shelton, Board Member
Laura Hover Skiles, Board Member

The September First Friday Art Walk Party is only a few weeks away. Make plans to kick-off Labor Day weekend with us for popcorn, lemonade, classic cars, and live music from Deja Crew!

Our friends at McGregor Elementary are looking for some Reading Buddies. These volunteers meet with a K-3rd grade student during the school day to promote reading skills and encourage young readers. Training is provided. If you would like to be a Reading Buddy or have any questions, let us know – just reply to this email.

It's almost time to start our fall session of Dinners Together and we're looking for hosts. Let us know if you'd be interested in having some wonderful people join you for a meal – just email us back. And if you don't know what Dinners Together is, here's the scoop. We ask for groups to meet three times over three months for a meal. That's it. No agenda, just eating and chatting and getting to know other people at The Downtown Church. It's one of our favorite things ever!

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