Why am I asking that? Well, the Hermits’ Rest Enterprises team are buying a church building! Not exactly what you’d expect from us, is it? This raises a lot of questions whenever we mention it (after the people stop laughing), so I’ll pretend like I’m a newspaper writer and answer the classic questions:
Lee, Mandi, and I wanted to find a commercial building to house our Cameron office, so we can rent out the lovely house on Travis Avenue where we’ve been working for the past year and a half. There is a LOT we can do with all the property we own on the main road, once Mandi moves out and we vacate the gray house (which is SUCH a sweet house).
It’s a small church building that has a nice upstairs sanctuary and a basement with offices, a large kitchen, and a big area where meals could be served, or many other things. It comes with some cool furnishings, and I hope two pianos and an organ!
Bonus: there is a vacant lot next to the church, zoned Residential. I bet we could do something with that, too!
The congregation has become too small to warrant such a big church, so they have made other plans. They just needed to sell the building.
The building had been on the market for quite some time. We put in the offer a couple of weeks ago, and now have a signed contract. It will be ours some time in September. We will probably let the church keep meeting there through the rest of the year, if they want to.
It’s actually on Main Street in Cameron. It’s a bit off the center of town, and even my friend who’s lived most of his life in Cameron didn’t know it was there. It is dwarfed by a much larger church across the street, and some large and “interesting” buildings next to it. But, it’s near a lot of well-kept houses in the older part of town. And close to donuts. And sno-cones.
I’d seen the for sale sign in front of it thanks to my tremendous powers of observation, but Lee hadn’t noticed it until I pointed it out to him recently. When he saw it, he declared, “I’ve always wanted to buy a church!” So, Mandi and I said, “Let’s look at it.”
We contacted the agent, who we already knew, and we looked the place over. Even though we were rather warm (the air conditioner has since been fixed) it had a good feeling to it (which is important in a building that houses a spiritual community; some do not have that feeling). It’s in pretty good shape for its age, though we dearly with there were still windows in the basement.
The more we looked at it, the more ideas we had for how we could use the building to provide services to the community. And we could afford it, once we negotiated a bit.
We are hoping that whatever we eventually settle on for the building will cover the costs of our office and such, AND provide much-needed air conditioned meeting space, event space, or something. We know there is another event center in town, but it has a different capacity and style. And if we did weddings, it would be a good alternative to the cowboy themed event centers outside of town that isn’t an official church (but can be one, when needed!).
I’ll post more about our plans as we move forward. This is just the beginning of what I hope is a fun adventure.
I’m sure you have LOTS of questions or ideas to share with us. We really would love your suggestions for ways to use this valuable resource, while respecting its past role in the town. Feel free to comment here or one one of our Facebook pages.
And you can laugh with us, not at us, for making this decision.