Well, it is official…..our beloved, historic church building has been sold and is now the home of the congregation of North Point Chapel. As you may know, if you have been following this blog or if you know our congregation, we moved out of our building at 19 N. Platt Street in Albion two years ago and put the building up for sale due to structural repairs that came with a cost far beyond our means (a renovation project performed more than 100 years ago removed critical struts that are now causing serious structural problems for the building). Since then, we have been worshiping in the Christ Episcopal Church building on Main St. in Albion and have been actively searching for a buyer for our building. It has been a very positive move for us and we have made the Christ Church our home – at least for the foreseeable future. The sale of our building is bittersweet, indeed…..while we are sad to see it go, we are happy to be relieved of the burden of its care and are very pleased to know it will continue to be a church to serve our community.
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Here are some photos taken of the process to commemorate this historic event:
November 17, 2016 – signing the documents accepting the offer of purchase:
Catherine Moore, Secretary of the Trustees, signing the Purchase Offer with Reid Cole, Trustee Chair, looking on
And, Reid signing with Cathy looking on
Reid Cole, Marie Follett, Leslee Lockwood, and Catherine Moore at the signing
April 21, 2017 – Final signatures at the Closing of the Sale – Orleans County Clerk’s Office:
Catherine Moore, Secretary of the Trustees, Sanford Church, Attorney for AFUMC, Erin Gromley, Attorney for North Point Chapel, and Mike Outten, Pastor of North Point Chapel reviewing and signing the closing documents
NOTE: Reid Cole also signed the documents, but did so in Sanford Church’s office the day prior
Erin Gromley, Mike Outten, Leslee Lockwood, Marie Follett, Cathy Moore, and Sandy Church
And, the torch has been passed:
North Point Chapel is now worshiping in their new building at 19 N. Platt St – they have renovated and are using the Sunday School wing for their services until repairs and restoration can be completed on the main part of the building. We’re told they have extensive plans to restore the building and look forward to filling it with people raising their voices in prayer and song!
I had to capture this – it was an emotional sight to see another church name on our wonderful building and the tulips we nurtured ready to bloom below!
We wish the congregation of North Point Chapel luck in their future and their new home! As for us…..we’re happy to have found such a welcoming home at Christ Church – we’d eventually like to pursue a building of our own, but for now, let’s take a deep breath and enjoy some time to reflect on the heavy weight that has been lifted from our shoulders.
Peace be with you…..