(TIPP CITY, OH) – The historic church building on 18 East Broadway Avenue (previously “St. John the Baptist” church and now serving as the CrossRoads Christian Fellowship (CCF)) will be hosting an open house this year during the “Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village” Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Heather Bailey, Chair of the Christmas in the Village Committee, says, “Expanding the focus of the Holiday Tour of Homes beyond the featured 2011 Dow Street homes lets us shine the spotlight on even more of the historical charm of Tipp City. Just a block south, the CrossRoads Christian Fellowship’s century-old unique architectural elements stand out as classic, yet forgotten, craftsmanship. Like the homes on the tour, the delicate care and restoration of the church are fine examples of preserving our history.”
The recently-renovated chapel, sanctuary and fellowship hall will be decorated for the season, as community members celebrate the building’s centennial as a center for ministry within Tipp City.
Events throughout the day at CCF will include:
Entertainment by Wright State University’s Departement of Music (Woodwind Trio, Flute Quartet, Marimba Band, Ladies’ Barbership Choir “Bella Acapella”)
Premium raffle prizes and biding opportunities (personal checks and cash accepted)
Hot drinks and fine chocolates for purchase
Children’s Christmas Gift Shop (doors open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Building rededication, music and celebration with St. John’s parishoners, CCF members, and Tipp City community members (6:00 PM – 6:30 PM)
Historical displays and much more!
Funds raised will assist in ensuring that the building remain a historical landmark within Tipp City for another century. To make an outright gift or to dedicate a brick paver within the remodeled structure, please call (937) 667-3916.
“This day is shaping up to be a lot of fun,” says Jim Valekis, pastor of CrossRoads. “One hundred years ago, the St. John the Baptist building was one of the main village churches—and years of Christmases from days gone by have filled its halls with music. This year, we want to give the thousands of community members who have used the building a chance to visit with their fond memories. Guests will have holiday spending options available that will aid in raising funds to preserve this building as a structure of service to the Tipp City community.”
Public restrooms will be available at CCF. There will be no charge for community members to visit the building on Saturday, December 3. Tickets for the complete “Christmas in the Village” event can be purchased at http://www.downtowntippcity.org/citv.html.
Valekis added, “We want to kick off the season in a fun way for all – in a spirit of joy and unity.”