Presbyterians abandon plan for hospitality center at Olympics

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Financial woes have forced the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to drop plans for a denominational welcome center at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The denomination had hoped to raise up to $7 million to build a center for worship and hospitality in the state where 70 percent of residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

''We scrapped the project because it was just too much money and not enough time,'' said the Rev. Robert Sheldon of the Rocky Mountains synod. ''It was just impossible.''

The Welcome Center was to house big-screen televisions broadcasting Olympic events, while offering Bible lessons and worship in a 10,000-square-foot sanctuary. Multimedia presentations on Presbyterian missions were also planned.

Summit Presbyterian Church of Park City, Utah, a recently chartered congregation, had hoped to make the new center its home when the Olympics ended.


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