Save Blue Ridge Methodist church

Save Blue Ridge Methodist church

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Preservationist

United States

#1 Feb 3, 2018
Plans are underway to raze the Blue Ridge Methodist Church, a landmark and beacon of faith. All who our town are requested to attend next city council meeting and let their voices be heard.
Angry

United States

#2 Feb 3, 2018
Is there a petition?
sad about this

Blue Ridge, GA

#3 Feb 3, 2018
It’s already sold. It’s not up to the city council. Unfortunately the time to fight over this has passed as soon as the church made the deal. A group made up of church members pushed this through with a grand idea of getting a fancier Building.
Orion

United States

#4 Feb 4, 2018
What a shame. Little church really adds to the hometown feel. Sounds like some one sold their soul for money.
Beer is food

United States

#5 Feb 7, 2018
I heard it's going to be a brewery.
Knowitall

United States

#6 Feb 7, 2018
sad about this wrote:
It’s already sold. It’s not up to the city council. Unfortunately the time to fight over this has passed as soon as the church made the deal. A group made up of church members pushed this through with a grand idea of getting a fancier Building.
I doubt if anyone that has anything negative to say about the people who sold this church are actually members there. This building is very old and cold and leaky the electric bills are very high and it needs a lot of repairs. The congregation numbers dwindle over the years because Americans don't go to church like they used to and they don't give 10% of their income like they should. The church can't afford to keep repairing and repairing and repairing and pay astronomical electric bills. They needed a more efficient smaller building thus the sale. Do you think they really want to leave their beloved Church!? No but they need to it's the sensible thing to do.
church member

United States

#7 Feb 7, 2018
I am a member of the congregation and let it be known that there were many of us who were against this decision.
The teacher

Blue Ridge, GA

#8 Feb 9, 2018
church member wrote:
I am a member of the congregation and let it be known that there were many of us who were against this decision.
Not to hear that church sing her heart out ...that is what will be sad!
Angel of the Morning

Harrisburg, PA

#9 Feb 22, 2018
Knowitall wrote:
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I doubt if anyone that has anything negative to say about the people who sold this church are actually members there. This building is very old and cold and leaky the electric bills are very high and it needs a lot of repairs. The congregation numbers dwindle over the years because Americans don't go to church like they used to and they don't give 10% of their income like they should. The church can't afford to keep repairing and repairing and repairing and pay astronomical electric bills. They needed a more efficient smaller building thus the sale. Do you think they really want to leave their beloved Church!? No but they need to it's the sensible thing to do.
Tradition means nothing. A metal building will have a tremendous electric bill. Who are they kidding? Sad day for Blue Ridge when this church comes down.
oldtimer

United States

#10 Feb 23, 2018
I attended a funeral there last year or the year before. It looked as if the upstairs (the sanctuary) had not been maintained very well. However, a new commercial kitchen had been installed downstairs. Everything looked very nice there. If Janet Hall were still around I am quite certain this landmark would not be in danger. She never was shy speaking her mind. I feel sorry for those who have given sacrificially over the years and then to have all their work bulldozed, all for the sake of filthy money. God help us.
anklebiter

Morganton, GA

#11 Apr 3, 2018
Beer is food wrote:
I heard it's going to be a brewery.
It's going to be the new LOFTS of Blue Ridge. Ground level shopping and retail and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th are 2 bedroom/2bath.
former member

United States

#12 Apr 9, 2018
Knowitall wrote:
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I doubt if anyone that has anything negative to say about the people who sold this church are actually members there. This building is very old and cold and leaky the electric bills are very high and it needs a lot of repairs. The congregation numbers dwindle over the years because Americans don't go to church like they used to and they don't give 10% of their income like they should. The church can't afford to keep repairing and repairing and repairing and pay astronomical electric bills. They needed a more efficient smaller building thus the sale. Do you think they really want to leave their beloved Church!? No but they need to it's the sensible thing to do.
I am sorry the congregation is dwindling, but I doubt moving into a metal building is going to cause new people to come flooding in. You do bring up some sobering facts.
Nosey wosie

United States

#13 Apr 11, 2018
Does anyone know how much the property went for?

Since: Nov 12

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#14 Apr 29, 2018
It is a lovely building and I hate to see the church move, but it isn't handicapped friendly in any way and those front steps are a hazard.
Geek83

United States

#15 Apr 30, 2018
Aggie23 wrote:
It is a lovely building and I hate to see the church move, but it isn't handicapped friendly in any way and those front steps are a hazard.
Many old buildings aren't, but in many cases they can be modified. Of course, that costs money. I too wish the building could be saved. There's a lady at a local printing company who is a member of this church - Carlie Hammond - who is trying to save it, though it is probably too late at this point. There was a beautiful downtown Methodist church in the town where I grew up that was abandoned and later fell in on itself. The members got old and could no longer sustain it. Better have it torn down and something else build on the site than for that to happen here.
Jr Samples

Ellijay, GA

#16 Apr 30, 2018
Just think of all the money this so called house of worship stole from the stupid people over the countless decades of making false promises. Question...If I give less than the person next to me, does that mean the other person will get a better spot in Heaven? Ever wonder why your church leader rides around in high in cars and sports hand made suits, or why his wife is loaded down with jewelry? Answer...Because stupid people are paying for it. So sad!
Banker02

United States

#17 Apr 30, 2018
Jr Samples wrote:
Just think of all the money this so called house of worship stole from the stupid people over the countless decades of making false promises. Question...If I give less than the person next to me, does that mean the other person will get a better spot in Heaven? Ever wonder why your church leader rides around in high in cars and sports hand made suits, or why his wife is loaded down with jewelry? Answer...Because stupid people are paying for it. So sad!
Samples, Ellijay has its own set of problems. Why not address them. Besides the issue is a downtown landmark. Your comments don't connect. False promises? Betters spot in heaven? Minister's wives' jewelry? You must have been smoking something, brother. If you have a problem with a church in your area, talk it up with the deacons.
Outraged101

United States

#18 May 17, 2018
Does anyone know when the final service in the historic building is going to be? I see a metal "Butler" building has been put up on the plot near the post office. Even though I am not a United Methodist, I would like to go to a service in old building before the Huns begin destruction.
Honestly

Blue Ridge, GA

#19 Jul 28, 2018
Knowitall wrote:
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I doubt if anyone that has anything negative to say about the people who sold this church are actually members there. This building is very old and cold and leaky the electric bills are very high and it needs a lot of repairs. The congregation numbers dwindle over the years because Americans don't go to church like they used to and they don't give 10% of their income like they should. The church can't afford to keep repairing and repairing and repairing and pay astronomical electric bills. They needed a more efficient smaller building thus the sale. Do you think they really want to leave their beloved Church!? No but they need to it's the sensible thing to do.
IF old buildings where so useless then half of "old" Blue Ridge should be torn down .
Where would Europe be without all it's (MUCH OLDER ) historic buildings . Short sighted and shallow discribes this approace of . The city is allowing it's character to slip slide away. Pity.
Concerned

Blue Ridge, GA

#20 Jul 30, 2018
Thank you! My sentiments exactly. I don't go to that church, but I think the loss of the building will be detrimental to the character of downtown Blue Ridge. A person I know told me that it is not a space problem. The church is never overflowing.

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