In February of this year Chicago was hit with a sizeable amount of snow followed by an equally sizeable amount of rain. This combination revealed some longstanding structural issues on both the north and south sides of our building. The issues revolve around the roof and brickwork, the bottom line being that water has been finding its way into many open places in the roof and walls. In February we discovered significant visual water damage in one of the walls as well as a further deterioration in already known weak spots. As we investigated the source of the issue, we realized the urgency in which repairs needed to be done to stop further and more serious damage from occurring.
With the need to do repairs of this magnitude comes a financial need as well. The cost for the work to be done is $18,000.
It is with all of this in mind that we ask you to prayerfully consider financially contributing to the cost of these repairs. The elders of the church have set a goal to raise the needed amount by the end of April, 7 weeks from when the issue was first announced. We have already seen God bless us in this process by connecting us with a building contractor willing to begin the work knowing that it will take us time to raise the funds needed. Above are pictures of some of the repairs that have already been made. Praise God!
We see this situation not as a burden, or hardship but rather an opportunity to see our faith tested and strengthened by God. It’s a chance for us to put our faith and trust in God to work in a real and practical way. We often say here at CF that if we can trust God with our place in eternity, we can trust him with our checking accounts; this is an opportunity for us to put that into practice.
CF has been a light in this community since the 1930s, loving, serving, and adapting to the neighborhood over the years. We stand on the shoulders of faithful men and women who sacrificed to preserve this building so that the Gospel would continue to be preached. Now it is our turn to join them in being faithful to the work God has called us to do.
We would like to invite you to be part of what God is doing here in Roscoe Village through Christian Fellowship Free Church by prayerfully giving to help us repair the building. You can give in a variety of ways:
1. Join us on a Sunday for worship at 10:30am and give in person during the service.
2. Mail a check made out to Christian Fellowship Free Church to 3425 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60618.
Be sure to mark in the memo line “Building Fund”
3. Give online below
If you are unable to give at this time, please join us in prayer that God would be glorified, magnified, and lifted up through this season and long after through the work and ministry of Christian Fellowship Free Church.