CHICAGO (CBS) — Members of a historic church in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood are fighting to keep it off the auction block this month.
Members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church are praying for a miracle to prevent the church from closing. The church is about $8 million in debt, and the building is set to go up for auction in a week.READ MORE: White Sox, Cubs Fans Will Be Able To Attend Ballgames This Season; Ballpark Capacity Limited To 20%
The congregation is trying to save the 60-year-old building, and preserve some of the history inside. Holy Trinity was founded in 1897, and has been in its current location for 60 years.READ MORE: Federal Judge Says Deadline To Ratify Equal Right Amendment 'Expired Long Ago' In Setback To Advocates' Efforts
A GoFundMe page is calling on members past and present – those who were baptized and married there, who prayed and studied there – to offer up prayers. They’re also trying to raise $7.9 million in donations, but only about $3,400 has been pledged as of early Friday morning.
The church’s debt stems from a decision ten years ago to move the church school to the North Shore, and take out a loan. If the debt isn’t paid off by next Friday, the church will be sold at auction.MORE NEWS: At Least 22 Shot, 2 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
Members of the church fear developers plan to tear down the building if it is sold.