St. Elias Church is dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in accordance with the Orthodox Christian tradition.
For almost 60 years, St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church has also provided the Dubuque, Iowa community with a unique cultural voice that only it can provide through its original artwork and cultural art exhibits, as well as its public outreach and educational opportunities.
However, St. Elias in Dubuque experienced major devastation when its roof collapsed, and its walls were found not to be structurally sound.
But you can help the community of St. Elias rebuild!
By supporting this project you will help keep Orthodox Christianity alive in Dubuque, IA as well helping us continue to engage the Tri-State area (Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin) with Orthodox Christianity, art exhibits, chant events, ecumenical dialogues, and other related events!
ST. ELIAS IN THE COMMUNITY
ORIGINAL ART WORK AND PUBLIC EXHIBITS
The building of St. Elias Church is itself a unique addition to the Dubuque community. The original Byzantine iconography in the church sanctuary is the only such example of this distinctive art form within a 70 mile radius of Dubuque.
In addition to its own works of art, St. Elias recently sponsored a world-class photographic exhibit of the 20th century architecture of Istanbul, Turkey. Besides Dubuque, this exhibit had previously appeared only in Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; and Chicago. St. Elias Church and its community cultural partners of Clarke University and Media Com presented this free exhibit to the Dubuque.
St. Elias is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the Dubuque Community to learn about Orthodox Christianity, as well as Greek, Russian, and Middle-Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions and practices.
St. Elias does this through:
• Participation in Dubuque’s Ecumenical Dialogue, The Children of Abraham.
• Providing space for the Dubuque Area Congregations United organization.
• Hosting open houses and lectures on Orthodoxy Christianity.
• Housing a free public loan library that is dedicated to Orthodox Christianity.
The members of St. Elias are also dedicated to being a good members of the larger Dubuque, and Tri-State community.
St. Elias members reach out in these ways:
• Providing a stop for Dubuque’s annual CROP Walk, which raises money to help feed the hungry (locally, nationally, and internationally).
• Serving meals for the Dubuque Circle’s Initiative.
• Participating in Operation Christmas Child.
• Regularly giving to Dubuque's Food Pantry
In all, St. Elias Church enthusiastically opens its doors to the greater Dubuque community as a means of promoting an understanding of all people and advancing a vision of community inclusiveness.
NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP
However, St. Elias Church’s active role has been interrupted. During the harsh winter of 2014, the weight of snow and ice accumulating on the church roof caused 3 of the 4 trusses to snap like tooth picks. The exterior walls also buckled outward by 8 to 10 inches.
St. Elias Church was condemned as unsafe and could no longer be used for church services, community activities, or community cultural and religious experiences.
After a year of meeting with engineers, construction companies, design teams, and other professionals, we are now ready to begin rebuilding our unique and beloved church building. Engineers have drawn up plans to rebuild the roof's trusses, and to reinforce and realign the walls.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our next step is to make sure the funds are there to complete this project. This is where you come in.
Every donation you make will be matched, up to $250,000, by the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation of Chicago.
Please help bring our community back home by pledging today!
TOGETHER, we can put St. Elias back together. Together we can continue to spread the Good News about Jesus Christ in the Orthodox fashion. Together we can continue to engage the community with art exhibits, chant events, ecumenical dialogues, and food festivals! Together, we'll work to build the kingdom of God!
Risks and challenges
The major potential setbacks, after being funded, are discovering more structural problems with our building.
One such setback has already presented itself. After having the designs for the roof and new trusses completed, it was discovered that the walls of the church were not reinforced as required by current construction code. St. Elias was able to address the problem by consulting engineers and construction crews. New plans that included the walls were drawn up and completed.
Other setbacks, such as this, are possible. However, St. Elias has formed special restoration committees that are qualified to handle such problems. St. Elias also has gathered together experts, such as engineers and decorators, to help make sure that St. Elias Church reaches its full potential.
We remain dedicated and optimistic as we look toward the future with much hope, promise, and determination to serve our children, the entire St. Elias community, Dubuque, and the tri-state area.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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