For the first time First United Methodist Church in Tipton has a rest room on the same level as their sanctuary. They have been working to make their building more accessible, and their Fellowship Room was a natural choice for the remodeling project.
The update has made the building more attractive to guests and members alike with the addition of a kitchenette, improved lighting, and more usable storage space. They raised over $12,000 themselves for the effort. A grant from the Commission on Ministry with Persons with Disabilities, which is made possible with gifts to the Disabilities Sunday Offering from United Methodist churches throughout Iowa, helped to support facility upgrades that addressed accessibility needs.
“Thank you!!” Paul Frederiksen, the pastor of the congregation, wrote to the commission. “Our project is not totally complete but close enough to send affirmation and gratitude to your group.”
They envision others in their community using this newly remodeled space, as well. Their newsletter declares, “We are the hands of Christ” as the church “invites people into a relationship with Jesus, provides all we need to grow to be like him, and sends us to be his hands and feet in our community and world.”