The Potter’s House says it will purchase Trinity Lutheran Church in York

Breaking real news on the blog today: The Potter’s House, a downtown Hispanic church, says it has a deal in place to purchase the historic Trinity United Methodist Church in York.

The Hispanic church is paying $105,000 for the church, said spokeswoman Sue Diaz, and next needs to raise about $500,000 for repairs.

Meanwhile, Trinity trustee Les Shrader denied the two sides have a deal. He said three churches are interested, but no contracts have been signed.

Founded in 2007, Potter’s House has 300 members, all from city. The congregation has been sharing a church on 225 N. Hartley St.

“We’ve been looking for a church to call our own,” Diaz said.

The year began with Trinity UMC officials pondering demolition of the historic church at 241 E. King St. City Fire Chief Steven Buffington ordered the demolition in February after an engineer’s report stated that the building was unsafe because of structural damage in the sanctuary.

Historic York and York’s Historical Architectural Review Board pushed the church to save the building, while the church argued that it could not afford the $400,000 repair estimate. In the meantime, members of the 140-year-old Trinity UMC voted in June to join Fourth UMC at 20 N. Lehman St.

In December, Trinity UMC officials agreed to one of the plans presented by Historic York to repair the building.

Diaz said Potter’s House hopes to close on its purchase at the end of July. They will immediately start holding services in the back of building and open a thrift shop.

“Then serious fundraising begins to start construction on the roof,” she said.

Check the York Daily Record Friday for more on this story.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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2 Responses to The Potter’s House says it will purchase Trinity Lutheran Church in York

  1. Stacey Boyer says:

    I as a member of TRINITY feel that we should donate 100,000 of the money paid for the building as a start to the fundraising project for this church.

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