Church Members Dedicate New Addition

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The congregation of the Payson United Methodist Church was chartered with a little more than 100 people meeting at Julia Randall Elementary School in April 1987.

This past Sunday, the 310 members had a consecration service for the newest addition to their church.

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Payson United Methodist Church recently dedicated a new addition.

The ceremony and an open house were held Nov. 7 by the Methodists for their new education and administration annex, which adds 6,000 square-feet to the church at 414 N. Easy St., Payson.

The Payson United Methodist Church now has a total of 15,000 square-feet.

"This was the result of a four-year building program by the church," said Paul Andrews, a member of the congregation. "It provides much-needed space for classrooms, choir, youth programs and offices."

"The project started with a capital campaign dinner on March 10, 2002 organized by Chairperson Duane Atteberry of the building committee," said David Moss, another church member. "As a result, the congregation was able to pay off its indebtedness three years earlier than planned and start their building program."

Moss said the church members broke ground for the addition on Nov. 9, 2003.

The architect for the project was Gary Spragins of Spragins & Hinshaw Architects. Stan Langham and Langham Construction, LLC, built the addition.

The congregation purchased its Easy Street property in March 1988, started construction on the church Aug. 30, 1992 and moved into it in January 1993.

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