With the blessing of is Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba and the support of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Board of Australia, Father Georges El’Khoury and St Paul’s Church Council had identified and purchased a building in the center of the City of Dandenong. The total building size is 1087m(11696ft) and land area 2465m(26523ft).
The property will meet the vision and needs for St Paul’s parish that will include a Church to seat approximately 250 persons; a reception center for recreational/social activities for approximately 300 people, and educational/meeting rooms for our youth and children.
The property contains: 30 .car spaces and one disabled car space on the property, two road accesses and ample parking in the streets. The building is fully air-conditioned, has modern men’s, ladies and disabled toilet facilities, kitchen and outside barbeque facilities.
The purchase price of the property is $730,000 not including stamp duty and GST (To be continued as tax exempt) plus an estimated $250,000 to establish and create the Church and Reception Center for our requirements.
• Internal renovations that need to be completed include:
• Build the Haikal and Altar table.
• Raise ceiling in the church and Reception Center
• Purchase seating for the Church.
• Reception Tables/chairs.
• Purchase Kitchen equipment.
• Purchase sound system.
How can you help:
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba together with Father Georges El’Khoury and St Paul’s Church Council are asking all Antiochian Orthodox families and their friends for their assistance on this very special occasion.
The purchase of a Church is truly a once in-a-lifetime event and we ask now for your generous and immediate support.
In view of the heavy financial commitments to cover the balance of the deposit of the purchase price prior to property settlement date on 20 the September 2003 and the immediate requirements to establish the Church and Community/Reception center, Father Georges El’Khoury and the St Paul’s Church Councils are asking all families and friends to help us raise $250,000 approximately.
Father Georges El’Khoury and a member of the Church Council will be visiting each home for this purpose or this donation may be made direct to Father Georges El’Khoury and or to any members of the Church Council.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba together with Father Georges El’Khoury and the Church Council of St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church thank you for your generosity and support for the establishment of St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church and for the future benefit of all.
All donations will be acknowledged with a receipt and appropriately recorded.
May God Bless you all.
Father Georges El’Khoury
St Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church