CHANDLER, Ind. – A Warrick County family will be in their new home before Christmas. Joe and Brandi Dore, along with volunteers from Newburgh United Methodist Church and Warrick County Habitat for Humanity have finished the house at 133 E. Williams Street in Chandler after beginning construction in October.

The home was dedicated Sunday, Dec. 12, with members of Newburgh UMC bringing special ornaments for a new Christmas tree in the home’s family room. With snow gently falling outside, everyone was toasty warm in the new Energy Star rated house. Pastor Todd Gile presented the Dores with a Bible encouraging them to keep their family’s home on the firm foundation of the word of God. Pastor Mark Dicken offered the prayer of consecration and volunteers received the thanks and praise of Habitat Director, Amy Hobbs.

The project, dubbed “A Home for the Holidays,” was the vision of the Rev. Dicken after the church had the unprecedented opportunity to host a concert by the Vienna Boys Choir last November. Realizing this presented possibilities beyond the ordinary, Dicken challenged the church to engage in a risk-taking mission and service to raise the funds and build the house in partnership with Habitat by Christmas this year. Habitat for Humanity selected the homeowners using their process, criteria and requirements and the church was delighted to learn that they would be the Dores, who are active members of the Newburgh UMC.

“This was a whole-church effort,” Dicken said. “Our United Methodist Women gave from their mission giving, our children’s ministry placed purple toilets on members’ lawns and then offered to remove them for a donation, our youth ministry built the yard barn, and our 4th and 5th grade Sunday school class built a dog house. Many of our members gave sacrificial financial contributions and precious gifts of time and talent during the construction.”

The church raised more than $60,000 above its own ministry, mission and mortgage needs while paying its fair share tithe to the connectional church. “We have had to deny ourselves in some significant ways and we will need to make more sacrifices next year, but I am so proud of the people of this church,” said Dicken.

The Rev. Dr. Todd Gile, one of the pastors at Newburgh United Methodist Church presented the Dore family with a Bible during the dedication.

In their new home, the Dore family stands in front of a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from members of Newburgh United Methodist Church at their homes dedication on Dec. 12.