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For sale: Disputed Greenlawn church

The Bethesda Wesleyan Church in Greenlawn is for sale. Asking price is $220,000. The lot is zoned commercial.

To potential buyers it's No. 2350103 on the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island.

To former parishioners it's the scene of a long-running, bitter dispute in their congregation, including a  lockout.

It has "some mold present in the basement and bathrooms" and has been on the market for 92 days, the MLSLI listing says.

The real estate broker's drab photos show a simple white altar, eight rows of wooden pews, a parking lot with a cyclone fence, a mostly bare basement.

In an online journal for the Wesleyan Church’s Penn-Jersey district, the church superintendent, Rev. Harry F. Wood, gives some insight into the conflict that led to the Greenlawn church being put up for sale.

“In the morning we were with Pastor Rochemond St. Louis and his vibrant congregation. They presently rent part of the facilities of a Presbyterian Church in Greenlawn,”  Wood writes in his April 2008 journal. 

“They had a full house of worshippers and shared in a joyful spirit of celebration and ministry of the word. After the service we had a wonderful meal of Haitian food – I testify, “Haitian women sure can cook.” 

Later the same day in April 2008, Woods wrote of meeting the other faction in the Greenlawn dispute. 

“In the afternoon we met with attorneys and a few remaining folks at the Lawn Street property of the Bethesda Wesleyan Church in Huntington,” he said. 

“There has been an ongoing legal issue related to the property and we trust God for advancement on this matter. It certainly needs your prayers.”

The church is at 30 Lawn St., just east of Greenlawn Broadway, a couple blocks north of Little Plains Road. For information on buying the church contact Stephania Denis at Keystone Realty USA Corp. in East Northport, at (631) 486-1126.

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