Emmanuel UMC Breaks Ground on New Building

Jun 20th, 2014

Emmanuel United Methodist Church had a groundbreaking Thursday for its new building at 203 Edgewood Lane. 

Pastor Bob McKelvey says the new church will be 15,000 square feet.  The building will feature a 4,500 square foot sanctuary, fellowship hall, classroom space, kitchen, and bathrooms.  McKelvey adds the planned structure is one level and handicap accessible.    

A tree had to be bulldozed before earthwork began.  Footing work is expected to commence early next week.  The pre-engineered steel building will arrive in the third or fourth week of July. 

Construction should wrap up by mid-December.  But McKelvey says the congregation may wait until the first of the year to move in.  The church would like to celebrate a final Christmas in their building at 3rd and Sycamore Streets.

McKelvey is excited about the ministry possibilities of the new building.  The church just finished its vacation bible school.  In future years, the congregation could move activities inside in the event of rain or heat. 

The church will continue its active bus ministry throughout the Carmi community. 

McKelvey says no decision has been made on the future of the present church building. 

“As we get ready to move out of it, we may find someone who can find a wonderful use for it.  We’d like to see it used in a ministry of some sort in the community.” 

“God provides in ways that we would never dare to ask or dare to imagine.  We are just hoping that He will provide someone to use that building.” 

McKelvey says the congregation is excited about the building project.  He’s received a wealth of positive comments on social media.

“God’s timing is perfect.  This is an answer to years of prayer.  And it’s been a long time coming.”

The church acquired the property on Edgewood Lane in 2004.  A dedication service was held that year on July 4th weekend.  Emmanuel UMC owns approximately 8 acres at the site.