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First Lutheran plans big moving sale

With construction on the new First Lutheran Church site almost finished, FLC staff and volunteers have announced plans for a moving sale this weekend, Feb. 8-10. The sale will be held in the basement of the current church at 258 N. Third St. in New Richmond.

Among the many quality items listed for sale, shoppers will find pianos, sheet music, child care goods, tools, antiques, kitchen supplies, holiday decor and everyday knickknacks. Most items will be available for a free-will offering unless priced.

Hours for the sale are Friday, 12-4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, 12-3 p.m. Funds generated from the sale will be used for furnishing the new location.

"If you've ever moved after 50+ years in one location, you can appreciate the treasures we've found during our packing," said Pastor Jim Bump. "In fact, we've discovered storage areas long forgotten! Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, we've carefully organized what we need for our new location and what items we can share with the community. We really do have some great treasures to offer as we prepare for this exciting move."

According to Bump, the new location (off of Business Highway 64 and County Road K) will provide greater accessibility, visibility and room for expansion. The first phase of construction for the 20,166-square-foot facility includes licensed childcare space for 100 children. Total cost will be approximately $2.86 million and is financed by the ELCA Mission Investment Fund.

Derrick Construction, New Richmond, and Station 19, Minneapolis, are providing construction and design. In addition, numerous volunteers from the congregation and staff continue to dedicate hours of time and talent to the relocation process.

First Lutheran Church has a long history in the north side of New Richmond, dating back to the late 1800s. Over recent years, increases in church membership, growth of the YoungStar "3 Star Provider" child care program and accessibility for members created a need and interest for rebuilding the church. First Lutheran Church passed a congregational vote to build the new church in April, and plans to be in the new facility by Easter Sunday of 2013.