Edmonds United Methodist Church has been part of this community since 1908 and continues to build deep roots. We have the utmost respect for our neighbors and wanted to provide clarification on the recent land sale to the east of the church building. In early 2014, a proposal to sell the property was made to the members and attendees of Edmonds United Methodist Church. A task force was created to research the options available for land use and it was determined the land had been zoned as residential. The task force also researched options for the house, which stood at 860 Caspers Street. Contractors determined the house lacked the structural integrity to relocate it and could not be made a historical landmark because of changes made by previous owners. All-church meetings were held and voices spoke out both for and against the potential sale. After much discussion and prayer, church members voted to sell the land.
To an on-looker it may seem as though the church will only gain financially – in fact it is our neighbors and community that will benefit. With the proceeds from the sale, the church was able to pay off their mortgage. They can now use the funds previously dedicated to a monthly payment to support community outreach such as the Edmonds Food Bank, which serves 1,500 individuals each month, and global initiatives like Imagine No Malaria to bring an end to this curable disease.
We hope our neighbors and the community understand the decision to sell the property was a difficult one. Though change isn’t always easy, sometimes we must let go in order to create a better future for those who come after us.
Jessica Pair, Coordinator of Media and Information
Edmonds United Methodist Church