Reed City church raising funds for new roof

REED CITY — Nothing’s built to last, something the Church of the Firstborn, of Reed City, discovered this past year. The church building, which is the oldest church structure in the community, is in dire need of a new roof.

“The whole thing needs to be replaced,” said the Rev. Tim Patrick Fagan. “Last winter was so brutal; it really damaged the roof, taking off shingles in some parts.”

The independent church has been in the area for the past eight years and purchased its building from Calvary Baptist Church. The church recently began raising funds for a new roof. Its next fundraiser will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Aug. 23, at 6053 Laekola Road in Reed City.

The building was erected in the 1860s. In addition to the roof, the chimney also needs repairs.

“It’s the oldest church building in Reed City and it needs a lot of work,” said church member Sarah Hidey. “We know that roofs are pretty pricey. We’re hoping this event will bring in some much-needed funds for the project.”

The event will feature carnival games, a dunk tank, snacks and raffles. The church also will host an auction at 2 p.m. Awards include gift cards and baskets from local businesses such as Anika’s Boutique, Wal-Mart, Seven Slot Grille, Vic’s Supermarket, Autozone and Head to Toe Salon and Spa.

The church currently serves between 60 and 90 attendees per weekly service.

The church raised $400 for the roof with a bake sale it had a few weeks ago. The roof renovation will run them a figure between $18,500 to $22,000.

“We’re independent, so we don’t have a lot of benefactors,” Fagan said. “Being in our church is not about money.”

Fagan said since its inception, the church has mainly focused on being an asset to the community.

“We do a lot of outreach,” Fagan said. “We took collection for people losing their homes five years ago. We are a big community-based church.”

One of the church’s main services is a community dinner it hosts every Monday night. The church also works with others in the area such as Trinity Lutheran Church to provide food for the dinner. Congregation members will donate out of their own pockets to provide food for the dinners, Fagan said.

“It’s a good, strong church. There are a lot of good people here,” he added. “We all work together to put these weekly dinners out.”

The church typically takes a donation at their community dinners and will continue to do that to raise funds for the roof. One recent dinner collected $22 for the project.

“We have a box for donations, but we don’t push for it,” Fagan said. “The community dinners are not about collecting money or even about pushing the church on people. It’s to provide a service to the community.”

Past renovations the church has made to its building include renovating the kitchen, which cost $14,000. $5,000 of that money was from an anonymous donor in Florida.

“(Helping the community is) not about money,” Fagan stressed. “It’s about people getting out of their houses and enjoying the community.”

For more information, contact Sarah Hidey at (231) 468-7919.