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After three decades of fundraising, Ethiopian congregation buys church

Congregants have invested $15,000 in the 86-year-old property so far

May 23, 2014 12:29PM

302 East 206 Street in the Bronx

302 East 206 Street in the Bronx

An Ethopian congregation, after nearly 30 years of working to raise funds, has finally moved into its new $1.3 million home in the Norwood section of the Bronx.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Our Savior, which has gathered at the historic Riverside Church since 1984, worked for years to raise enough funds to buy their Gothic-style home that used to house a Lutheran congregation at 302 East 206th Street in the Bronx. The church has about 150 members.

“It’s given us a sense of community,” Yeworkwoha Ephrem, vice chairman of the church’s board of trustees, told the New York Daily News.

While the church is still making improvements to the 86-year-old property, $15,000 has already been invested.

The congregation is planning to host weekly flea markets to raise cash and develop a sense of community, according to the Daily News.

Globally, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church has about 140 million members. [NYDN] – Claire Moses 

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