Helena First United Methodist Church has received a $31,299 matching Historic Preservation Restoration grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage to make much needed improvements to its 95-year-old structure.

 

Helena First United Methodist Church has received a $31,299 matching Historic Preservation Restoration grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage to make much needed improvements to its 95-year-old structure.
The Rev. Carolyn Doering, pastor, said Monday the 3-1 matching grant was earmarked to stabilize and preserve the stained glass windows on the south side of the church and to fund a preservation plan.
   “Our church has been in the Helena community for 192 years. This church has been here since 1914,” Doering said.
Doering said Bettye and Dick Hendrix provided the matching contribution for the total grant in excess of $42,000.
“The architect (Gary Clement of Little Rock) is working with us on this project,” Doering said.
David Soos, owner of Soos Stained Glass Co. at Maumelle, a suburb of Little Rock, has been commissioned to handle the stained glass work.
Main Street Helena has received a $5,000 Downtown Revitalization Grant for a min-grant program. The city of Helena-West Helena has received a $7,600 Certified Local Government sub-grant for administrative support and training.
The grants to the three local entities were part of $1,287,097 awarded for projects in 38 Arkansas communities.
Besides the state grant, Bettye and Dick Hendrix are also funding to complete the stained glass window project in the sanctuary of the church.
Doering said the church is also involved in a separate fundraiser to preserve and protect the stained glass windows in the church.