Church reaches out with grand vision
Monday, 7th January, 2008
He said the money would be used to restore and repair the building to its former condition, upgrade the facilities and amenities and properly secure the grounds. Mr Tenni said they will then embark on the second "Mission Outreach" stage of the project which has been planned to coincide with the official blessing and reopening during the Easter long weekend (March 21 - 24). This will see the opening of a morning meal program/soup kitchen providing food to anyone in need. "The soup kitchen will be offered free of charge 365 days a year to help those of us who are less fortunate than others within the community of Broken Hill and surrounding areas," Mr Tenni said.
He said he would like to reassure the public that while the SCCC would operate the building as a church and may eventually hold services there, they were opening a non-denominational Pentecostal mission outreach aimed at helping those in need. "SCCC wishes to invite every person in Broken Hill to be part of this "Mission Outreach" and would like to make clear our only desire is to serve the community with honesty and integrity in any way we can without any underlying or hidden agendas."
Mr Tenni said he had wanted the old church used for good and not knocked down for development or real estate. Mr Tenni and his mother Pastor Joy Tenni have been at the plaza for the last few days raising awareness of the project and fundraising. "There's been lots of interest and support from the community," Mr Tenni said. Even though there is less than 90 days to go until settlement, Mr Tenni remains optimistic of reaching the $300,000 total. SCCC is seeking sponsorship in the form of both monetary donations (all tax deductible) and in-kind donations such as goods/supplies, services, or just a spare pair of hands to help with the restoration.
"Every donation large or small, product or service, will help SCCC build a better and brighter future for all who live in Broken Hill," he said. If you would like to know more or wish to offer support, Mr Tenni said people could contact him on 0412 356 921. He said the SCCC would also like to hear from people who were married or baptised in the church to help them with restoring its history.