Former Mundelein church donating $700,000 to charities

  • The leaders of the now-closed Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church in Mundelein are donating more than $700,000 to 34 charities. Mundelein High School bought the building and land this summer.

      The leaders of the now-closed Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church in Mundelein are donating more than $700,000 to 34 charities. Mundelein High School bought the building and land this summer. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 10/21/2016 4:18 PM

The leaders of a recently shuttered Mundelein church are donating more than $700,000 to 34 local, national and international charities.

The money comes from the $1.6 million sale of the Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church site at 1500 W. Hawley St. to neighboring Mundelein High School.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"This really is the Kirk's legacy," Pastor Nancy Dolan said. "While we are certainly sad that it was time for the church to close, we are people of faith and people of hope. These gifts are an act of faith."

The recipients include:

• The Round Lake-based Nicasa behavioral health program.

• The Fremont Township Food Pantry.

• The PADS Lake County homeless shelter organization.

• The Lake County Opioid Initiative.

• Feed My Starving Children.

• Doctors Without Borders.

• The Alzheimer's Association.

• The Salvation Army.

The recipients are groups that have partnered with Kirk of the Lakes or that were recommended by church members.

"This money ... will go into the hands of people and organizations who are bringing healing and hope," Dolan said. "The members of the Kirk view these gifts as a way for their ministry to continue beyond the life of the congregation, into the community that they love, and beyond."

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The gifts will range from $1,000 to $100,000. The largest will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

Some local recipients will receive their donations during a public ceremony set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the former church.

Kirk of the Lakes leaders sold the property to Mundelein High School District 120 because the 55-year-old congregation had suffered declining membership.

The church initially was to close in December but instead ended services in August so members could find new places to worship ahead of the Christmas season, Dolan said.

Mundelein High is just east of the former church. It uses the site for dance and cheerleading practices and for staff parking.

Once the charitable donations are taken care of, the rest of the net proceeds from the property sale will go to the Presbytery of Chicago to support new church development and redevelopment projects.

For the full list of recipients, go to dailyherald.com.

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