In the early 20th Century, a non-denominational church joined the EUB, which merged with the UMC in 1968. Now the congregation wants to be independent again, and keep its building:
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Members of Lane Boulevard Church say they've been pushed out of their longtime home by the United Methodist Church, which says the denomination and not the congregation owns the building.
Lane Boulevard Church members voted this year to removed "Methodist" from their name.
On Nov. 27, Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge J. Richardson Johnson issued a preliminary injunction giving the Western Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church access to the early 20th century building.
The 120-member Lane Boulevard congregation now holds Sunday services at the Hungarian Church of Kalamazoo.
"I know that it is hard for them," said the Rev. Zawdie Abiade, the Kalamazoo-area district superintendent for the denomination. But, he added, "the property legally belongs to the United Methodist Church."