The shelter was almost entirely erected by the congregation and features a stone fireplace and chimney with a limestone cross set among the stones.
A large crowd of members and guests came together for the dedication, which was followed by a picnic celebration.
Rev. Judi Purvis, District Superintendent of the Indiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, came to lead the congregation in the dedication service, which she described as more of a consecration, given that the congregation had already dedicated the shelter through its efforts.
Rev. Andrew Charnstrom, pastor of Union UMC, led the congregation in its first worship service at the shelter.
"This is a wonderful facility that has long been a dream of the congregation," he said. "So many have given so much and worked so hard, and it is a great thrill just to be a part of this community of faith."
Charnstrom was pleasantly surprised at how many people took the time to help with this project.
"This has been an amazing journey, and as the pastor of this church I have been constantly surprised at the skill and determination of the men and women who put this together," he said. "Many, many Saturdays, we had a dozen or more folks on site building, helping and feeding as this project progressed."
Union UMC is located on County Road 600 North, just across from the Brazil-Clay County Airport.