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Brownton City Council turns down request to use center for worship

A motion to allow a group of about 20 people to meet for church services at the Brownton Community Center failed on a split vote at the City Council’s July 7 meeting.
Barry Marchant, who resigned this spring as the pastor of the Congregational Church in Brownton, approached the city about possibly having services for a group of people on Sunday mornings at the Community Center.
Marchant said he has been having in-home services with the group the past couple of months, but the group has outgrown a home environment and is looking for other quarters.
Marchant said the group would like to use the Community Center each Sunday from 9 a.m. up to 2 p.m., and on occasional Wednesday evenings. It also would need a place to store audio-visual equipment. Marchant said the group is looking for more “contemporary” worship with the use of projectors, etc.
Council members expressed concerns about tying up the community center each Sunday, although Marchant said the group would make allowances if others wanted to rent the facility.
For more, see the July 15 print edition of The Chronicle.