Indy church breaks ground for church additionby First Mennonite Church
INDIANAPOLIS—First Mennonite Church of Indianapolis broke ground on March 8 for a multimillion-dollar addition to its facility. The 200-plus-person congregation just completed a successful multiyear pledge program that includes the acquisition of a new organ and grand piano.
The reason for such optimistic expansion is the considerable membership growth—a sustained annual growth rate of 2.5 percent for nearly a decade. The current 20-plus-year-old building is too small to accommodate this increase.
David Talbott, co-chair of the construction committee, states that the new addition will provide 8,619 square feet of new space, yielding a 54 percent increase.
Pastor Ryan Ahlgrim says, “This project has given us a golden opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan for all of our property, turning half our extensive lawn into a native wetland area and community gardens that can be enjoyed and used by our neighbors.”
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