Union United Methodist Church will conduct a groundbreaking service and celebration at 4 p.m., Saturday, to mark the beginning of construction of a new shelter house on the church grounds, which are located at 780 E. CR 600 N., Brazil, just across from the Clay County Airport.
The shelter house will be about 30-by-60 feet and will serve a wide variety of functions, including use for outdoor worship, for picnics, for youth activities and for class parties.
The shelter will also be available, on a reservation basis, for use by the community.
Rev. Andrew Charnstrom, pastor of Union United Methodist Church, said the congregation has long desired to have an outdoor facility on its grounds and the number of gifts given in memory of a beloved member, Mary E. Moore, have allowed those plans to move forward.
"We are excited at the possibilities this beautiful new shelter will offer for use in worship and in fellowship for our congregation and the community around us," Charnstrom said.
A picnic dinner, sponsored by the Union United Methodist Women, will follow the groundbreaking service. The dinner will take place in the fellowship hall of the church and a freewill offering will be accepted for completion of the funding for the building project.
The community is invited to attend the event.