Friends of Sacred Structures will observe 25 years of service to the greater Kansas City community with a dinner at Second Presbyterian Church, 55th & Oak, on Tuesday, September 12. Featured speaker will be Bill Tammeus, well known journalist and author, while the Rev. Eric Williams, pastor of Calvary Temple Baptist Church and noted singer-songwriter, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. A catered dinner in Westminster Hall will follow a 5:30 hospitality hour on the patio.
Highlighting its many years of volunteer architects, engineers and other members offering a variety of skills, FOSS has assisted more than 150 churches with advice for keeping their buildings up to code, thereby allowing them to serve as community centers. In addition to on-site visits by Technical Services Team members, seminars have been held to offer advice to church members for fundraising and for choosing dependable, reasonable companies to complete needed repairs and improvements.
An added option for outreach is the recent establishment of the Elmer Denis Memorial Fund that allows FOSS to offer financial assistance to congregations currently involved in upgrading their facilities. Preserving existing structures is a priority, and FOSS formed many years ago as an outgrowth of Historic Kansas City Foundation when a group of concerned members joined to save White Oak Chapel in the northland, the first African-American church built on land donated by former slave owners.
A 501(c)(3) organization, FOSS continues its efforts to focus on established, existing churches that offer a multitude of programs such as food kitchens, daycare and mentoring. The FOSS Mission Statement, “Friends of Sacred Structures is dedicated to the preservation and renovation of religious structures, especially those that support vital neighborhood needs,” reflects these goals. Our longevity is a testament to our continuing commitment to responding to requests for assistance free of charge.
FOSS invites you to help preserve the beauty and history of Kansas City by assisting congregations with limited funds continue to be present as safe and attractive local resources. To register, please call 913-831-4752 x 121.
Individual tickets: $50
Tables of 8: $350
We hope to see you there!