OCONOMOWOC — Thirst Church has entered into a lease agreement with the Oconomowoc Area School District to use the site of the old Meadow View Elementary School, W360- N7077 Brown St., to continue operating its community church and a day care business.
The two-year lease, approved at the Oct. 15 Board of Education meeting, will help offset the district’s cost of maintaining the building as board members enter into the beginning stages of creating a Long Range Facility Plan — a key component of which will be a decision on what to do with the old Meadow View property in the long term.
Thirst will pay $2,000 monthly in rent the first year and $2,030 monthly the second year The church held its first service last December and was started by Terry Fulks, a former pastor at Crosspoint Community Church. Fulks was at Crosspoint for 26 years before stepping down in October of 2018.
He previously told Conley Media the name Thirst comes from a Bible verse, John 7:37. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink,” John 7:37 states. “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Fulks said the church was built to welcome all people. The new Meadow View Elementary School was dedicated at the start of this month and was part of a $54.9 million facilities referendum approved in 2016. The new school is located at 1500 Whalen Drive.