ROGERS PARK — A small church in Rogers Park is asking the community for help with some costly repairs.
When the city was replacing a water main on Ashland Avenue, they found that the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave., had a private water line that wasn’t up to code.
In order to come into compliance with city code, the church will need to upgrade their plumbing system, and that could cost as much as $20,000.
Now, the church has created a GoFundMe with the goal of raising $10,000 in order to help make the required repairs. As of Tuesday, it has raised $1,400.
If the funding goes well church leaders plan to increase the goal. They are currently organizing a community talent show in August along with other fundraising initiatives.
If the repairs are not made quickly, the city could shut off the church’s water. Oct. 1 is the cut off date, said Pastor Lindsey Joyce.
With a small congregation and a shoestring budget, Joyce said her church needs the help of their neighbors.
“We have tried really hard to be a safe place for everybody, particularly the most vulnerable, in order to continue to be a safe place we need safe drinkable water,” she said. “I’m so grateful for the ways the community has supported us. we are just asking for some help to keep us going.”
Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) also asked neighbors to consider pitching in, including the church’s plea in her weekly newsletter. She said the church has always been a safe place for the most vulnerable, offering free after-school programs, restorative justice work with Circles and Ciphers and their work for LGBTQIA+ justice.
“This building has played a pivotal role in making our community healthier and safer for decades,” Hadden wrote.
United Church of Rogers Park has been battling their national denomination for acceptance of their LGBTQ members after a national conference decided to exclude LGTBQ members from marriage and ordination.
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