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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 5 years ago

First United drives for $100,000

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A Challenge Campaign has been launched at First United Methodist church, to raise funds for infrastructure and technology upgrades.

BY MIKE CAVALIERE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach, at 336 S. Halifax Drive, was gifted $100,000 last December, for projects on church facilities, property and equipment. But in order to complete all of the projects on the 60-year-old church’s renovations docket, Pastor Bill Owens sent out a mailer this week urging his congregation not to stop giving just yet.

The First United Challenge Campaign 2013, set to run through June 30, has a goal of collecting another $100,000 from its congregation, for maintenance and improvements that have been put off in recent years due to lack of funding.

Some of the planned projects include replacing corroding light poles in the parking lot, site work and paving of a back alley, pothole-filling, upgrading interior and exterior signage, replacing floor coverings and security/technological upgrades.

Church trustees are currently identifying, prioritizing and estimating costs of other projects, as well.

In the past two years, the church has replaced its roof, air conditioning chiller and preschool-area floor, for a cost of $200,000.

Donations can be made at the church or online, at www.firstunited.org. Call 677-3581.

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