Grace Fellowship Church to make Sublette its new home

SUBLETTE — A new church is coming to Sublette, calling the old Sublette Union Church home.

Grace Fellowship Church, based out of the Lee County Farm Bureau Building in Amboy, will be making the old Sublette Union Church its new home.

Pastor Brian McWethy introduced himself and three members of the church to the Sublette Village Board on April 8. All members of the village board were present except Sublette Village Trustee Scott Hanson.

McWethy told the board that the church will be taking ownership of the former Union Church. He told the board it was important for the church to be a part of the community, and they would like to partner with the village any way they can. He said there are about 80 members of the church currently.

McWethy said that there is a lot of work to do on the former church building. He told the board that there is a group from Paducah, Ky., that will be coming up to do some volunteer work. Those volunteers are staying in Dixon while in the area.

He told the board he is looking at the possibility of hosting different mission teams that would come and work at the church for one to two weeks. He also asked the board if the church could get permission to have campers parked at the church while those mission teams did the volunteer work.

McWethy said the church is hosting a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt at 6:30 p.m., April 19.

McWethy said that he is also the chaplain of the Amboy and Sublette fire departments.

Don Dinges told the board that despite the rumors, the Sublette Toy Show will be held in 2020. He said International Harvester will host its convention during the show next March, and be the featured tractor.

In other board news:

• The board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 30 to close the fiscal year and install the newly-elected board members. The meeting will be held in the Ellice Dinges Center.

• The board will be accepting bids on a 2000 Chevy 3500 with snow plow and bids for demolishing the old maintenance building. The minimum bid for the Chevy 3500 is $1,200.

Both sealed bids will be opened at the next monthly meeting, which is 7 p.m. Monday, May 13 at the Ellice Dinges Center.