Growing church might sell building to MSU

By Nick VanderWall
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

University Reform Church found a home in 1968 on Hagadorn Road and has been there ever since.

Now, it has outgrown its building at 4930 S. Hagadorn, is looking for a new home and may sell to Michigan State University.

Jon Saunders, campus ministry director, said that when any group reaches 80 percent of capacity, its space feels overcrowded. “We have been operating above that percentage for a while,” he said.

University Reform Church does not have enough room to do some ministry classes such as adult Sunday school classes, Saunders said. “There are probably around 100 cars each week that have to park somewhere else and we have to shuttle them to the church,” he said.

University Reform Church created a New-Building Team in the spring of 2011. Team members have been talking to area churches that have expanded recently, they have gone to conferences about building a larger church and they have done research to find a large enough space for the church.

Evan Vanderwey, a member of the New-Building Team, said “I think it has to happen. The current space for far too long has been too confined.”

“A lot of the time, single people or families come in and they just can’t find a place to park or a place to sit. We really can’t welcome them by saying have a parking place and have a seat.” — Evan Vanderway

The church and the team have found several properties that are big enough. It is considering three potential buyers, including Michigan State University, Saunders said.

CHURCH INFORMATION

517-351-6810

Hours of services
9 a.m.; 11 a.m.; and 6 p.m.
Secretaries are at URC from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Church is open most days later than 4:30 p.m. because of events going on at the church, so feel free to drop in if you want or need to.

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