‘German Church’ Hits Fundraising Goal
A century-old church in the town of Cumberland will continue to stand. The town, along with Indiana Landmarks, has raised more than $75,000 to pay for upkeep while a potential new owner waits for funding to redevelop the historic St. John United Church of Christ, also known as German Church into senior apartments.
The church’s congregation announced in late April it was looking to raise the money by May 4 or the building would face demolition. The deadline was extended to May 8 after the fundraising efforts gathered steam. More than 95 donors ultimately contributed to the church.
Indianapolis-based TWG Development LLC has agreed to purchase the building as long as it receives federal affordable housing tax credits. The federal budget process has delayed the issuance of the tax credits, which has left the congregation responsible for the building’s upkeep.
"Raising $75,000 was a monumental undertaking and we are so thankful to have had Indiana Landmarks as a partner in this effort," said Town Manager April Fisher. "The number of donations we received shows just how much the community values the German Church and is committed to its preservation. We also would like to thank the St. John Congregation and TWG for their patience and support."
The purchase agreement with TWG will remain open until March 2018. The town says TWG is in talks with the congregation about extending the contract.