When Friends of Sacred structures, an outgrowth of Historic Kansas City Foundation, became an independent entity by incorporating in 1992, Elmer Denis was among the first to become involved in its formative years. His vision, enthusiasm and energy inspired many to serve and impressed those who benefited.
With his engineering background, Elmer took the reins of the Tech Services Team, providing evaluations and assistance to churches, mostly in the urban core, whose aging structures were limiting their ability to remain neighborhood centers, both for worship and many vital social service programs. For over twenty years, Elmer was the most visible representative of FOSS, visiting sites and keeping voluminous records regarding needs and recommendations for their facilities. Composed of volunteer architects and engineers, Tech Services has offered information and guidance not otherwise available to hundreds of religious communities with financial needs.
Elmer’s passing in late 2014 inspired a former board member to provide seed money for a memorial fund in Elmer’s name, with the funds designated to assist congregations working to address maintenance and repairs necessary to keep their buildings up to code. The first grant was made in December 2015 to Grace United Community Ministries, and the second grant was made in early 2016 to Stranger’s Rest Baptist Church. Grace United is using their funding to help cover the costs of some needed sanctuary repairs, stained glass window covers, and electrical system upgrades as detailed below. Stranger’s Rest Baptist Church will use their grant award to help pay for the replacement heater and A/C unit they needed for their church buildings. FOSS is currently seeking contributions for this fund so the organization can continue to offer monetary assistance to qualifying projects. Grant applications are also available here.
Donors wishing to help continue the mission may click the Donate Now button to give online, or email or call to make a donation today to help churches directly in Elmer’s honor, email@example.com or 913-831-4752 ext 102. As a 501 (c)(3) organization, FOSS will provide a tax receipt, and accounting of dispensation of funds will be made available to all donors.