HOWE — The “Save the Church” Committee at First Christian Church in Howe will be having a live and silent auction and barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. April 8 in the downtown area.


Tickets for the dinner are $10 each and available at the Howe Post Office, the Howe Economic Development Office and Howe Independent Bank.


The goal of the committee is to restore the former First Christian Church building that was constructed in 1893. The committee needs $20,000 to complete the interior of the building.


“The church is the oldest building left in Howe,” committee chairwoman Jean Norman said. “It was designated with a historical marker in 1997. It was in great disrepair and was an eye sore to the community.”


In 2015, the first fundraiser auction and barbecue was held. The committee raised $28,000 that was used to level the building, add new siding and tower louvers, update the plumbing, replace all electrical wires, reconstruct the vestibule, and add a handicap accessible porch.


“The Howe First United Church during their Great Days of Service did some repair and painting,” Norman said. “Several people in the community came together to make it a vital part of our community, to restore it for community use and to make sure it remains a beautiful addition to our downtown area.”


The newly restored portion of the church has been renamed “Summit Gardens Wedding and Event Venue” and will be available for community weddings and other events.