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St. Sophia launches $5.5 million 'Building Together' campaign to construct new church

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  • St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin is in the midst of a capital campaign, "Building Together," to raise $5.5 million to construct a new Byzantine-style church, classrooms, and administration building.

    St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin is in the midst of a capital campaign, "Building Together," to raise $5.5 million to construct a new Byzantine-style church, classrooms, and administration building.
    Courtesy of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church

 
Elizabeth Cappas

Located just off Route 31 in Elgin, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin has been a community staple for almost 40 years. Serving the religious needs of Orthodox Christians in the Fox Valley and Northwest suburbs, St. Sophia is home to over 300 parishioners and hosts a popular annual Greek Fest in July that draws in thousands from the local area.

St. Sophia is in the midst of its capital campaign, "Building Together," to raise $5.5 million to construct a new Byzantine-style church, classrooms, and administration building from the ground up. The campaign is backed by over 30 volunteers who have worked on everything from administration, safety and compliance, construction, and communications. To date, "Building Together" has raised over $4 million from roughly 52 donors.

With a remaining $1.5 million needed to break ground, St. Sophia begins the public giving phase of its "Building Together" campaign. St. Sophia is looking to call on its family of parishioners, as well as members of community at large to help make this dream a reality.

In the coming months, the campaign committee will host a gala, smaller gatherings at homes and restaurants, and a phone-athon to encourage participation to St. Sophia's final goal.

Construction of the new church is planned to start in April 2018, with an expected completion date of April 2019.

To learn more about the project, visit www.buildingtogethernow.com or contact Antonis Theodorou, campaign chairman, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, (847) 888-2822.

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