Sacred Places Fall 2011 - Page 12

UPDATE on Partners: Texas Office Historic Sacred Places Receive Major Gifts Two Dallas churches with a history of serving the larger community will receive grants from Partners for Sacred Places thanks to several gifts from anonymous donors. Grace United Methodist Church will receive $25,000 and Oak Lawn United Methodist Church will receive $100,000. Both congregations have worked closely with Partners to strengthen the care and use of their historic buildings, and are graduates of Partners’ signature training program, New Dollars/New Partners for Your Sacred Place. In 2008, Grace and Oak Lawn were among a dozen Dallas congregations that participated in Partners’ intensive training program, sponsored by the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The program Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX, runs numerous programs is geared toward congregations that have an that benefit the wider community. It is one of two historic, community-serving older sacred space, capital needs beyond their churches to receive a grant through anonymous donors. financial capability, and a commitment to deepen community an opportunity to receive a home-cooked community connections and use their buildings more meal every Sunday. The Community Clothes Closet effectively. Both of these congregations have worked is a program that provides gently used clothing and tirelessly to provide hope and service in the