June 30 was the last day of the church being in operation. On that day, supporters and members of the church congregation attended a rally there.
“There’s a lot of people who come through this space and meet the community without having any connection to the religious part of it at all and that’s because when it was the Park Church, its mission was to love your neighbor,” said Jamie Hook, who helped organize the rally.
They were discussing ways to keep it open, including through online petitions, fundraisers, and letter-writing campaigns. However, those efforts didn't work. In April, the Russell Street building was listed for sale for $4.5 million.
Despite the news, the congregation had to move forward and celebrate with the time they had left.
A day-long celebration with live music and plenty of food brought the church’s busy life to a bittersweet conclusion on June 18.
Pastor Jacob Simpson, who had been at the church for two years, gave his last sermon the next day.
He was planning a series on the Ten Commandments, focusing on the biblical book of Matthew, Chapter 22 verses 37-40.
“My interpretation has always been, you can interpret all the rules, all the laws, all the ordinances of scripture, but it all comes back to how we love each other and treat each other," said Simpson.
The church will soon be demolished and turned into condos. There is no timeline set for when demolition will start.