We are excited to share some exciting news on where we are with the Wesley-McCabe property on South Mobberly. On Saturday, as a significant part of our Love Does mission day, nearly 60 people decluttered, cleaned, landscaped, and began preparations for ministry through FUMC and ministry partners to benefit South Longview. In addition to this day of preparation, ministry is already taking place there. Senior tax preparation has been taking place for seven weeks since March 1 through AARP volunteers who filed 650 returns. Four ESL classes per week have been offered through the East Texas Literacy Council this Spring and will resume in the Fall.
Many other exciting things are already in process. We have already arranged for the Asbury House Graduation, UM Army, and other activities to be held at Wesley-McCabe this Summer. When school resumes in the Fall, we plan to restart Terrific Tuesdays as an after school enrichment opportunity for South Ward Elementary students. Our Facilities Committee has authorized some minor roof repair and an HVAC replacement in the Fellowship Hall to prepare for the expanded ministry ahead. The funds for this work will come from proceeds from the sale of the Wesley-McCabe parsonage. Generous donations also allow for the renovation of the education area that will be used for Terrific Tuesdays.
As we promised to explore ministry partnerships for missional outreach at Wesley-McCabe, we are disappointed to report that our exploration of a Newgate Mission partnership has been met with more resistance than anticipated. Although initial inquiries indicated a welcome environment for this partnership and a complete relocation of Newgate to Wesley-McCabe, significant concerns and broader resistance from within the community have prompted us to put those efforts on hold. We will continue to explore adult educational and nutritional opportunities down the road in partnership with Newgate. We are in conversations with several other agencies and non-profits to determine the best fit for ongoing partnerships that serve the community's needs and engage direct FUMC involvement. We hope that these partnerships will be beneficial to the community and not hinder a United Methodist witness into South Longview.
Some have questioned how much this ministry will cost FUMC. First, the Wesley-McCabe facility has come to us with no outstanding debt and approximately $68,000 of proceeds from the parsonage sale. We have budgeted about $42,000 for the maintenance, operation, utilities, and insurance for this facility for 2021. An additional $3,000 has been reallocated within our Missions Budget for Terrific Tuesdays. Other expenses and improvements will be funded from designated gifts, grants, and outside sources. All of this will not represent a significant pull on our current resources. Pay off of our line of credit used for our mortar restoration, and other expense reductions have ensured that this will not be a burden on our financial resources.
Any additional questions or comments can be directed to me, Romnie, or Linda. We continue to be excited about opportunities for our ministry through this new facility.
Grace and Peace,