Planning a Landmark
So far, only the external design has been decided. Fr. Gregory plans to devote this summer and fall to planning the inside layout with his congregation, explaining "we want to take advantage of different perspectives." They will also seek input from neighbors and from Lima Township, their local government.
The estimated cost for the new church is a little over $4 million. They've already raised $1 million with gifts from about 20 percent of the congregation. In the next year Fr. Gregory would like to get the rest of the church to contribute, which would give them more leverage to seek funding from other people and institutions.
The construction timetable will depend on how quickly the money can be raised. "It would be great if the church was done by 2016, in time for our thirty-fifth anniversary," says Fr. Gregory then adds, cautiously, "I don't know if that's realistic or not."
[Originally published in July, 2013.]