Renovation complete at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Derry
Workers from J J & A Home Improvement in Derry stood high above the ground on scaffolding and endured brutal cold as they labored through the frigid winter. They just put the finishing touches on the 60-foot-tall bell tower recently, Pastor Susan Walker said.
“It helps us to know that we are good stewards of God’s house,” Walker said as she stood in the church’s sanctuary.
St. Luke’s is at 63 E. Broadway, across from MacGregor Park and the Derry Public Library.
The parsonage was built in 1898.
During the next century, the elements took their toll on the church. Sections of the wooden structure began rotting and the roof started leaking, Cameron said.
And then in 2009, church members decided the work couldn’t be delayed any longer and they began a series of fundraisers to help pay for the project, Cameron said. Members held dinners and organized concerts in the sanctuary to raise money. They also put on talent shows and held bulb sales in the spring and fall.
Fundraisers were then held to replenish the fund until another project came along and more money was needed, Walker said.
Other projects followed, including the renovation of the parsonage in 2011. St. Luke’s received a grant from Public Service of New Hampshire in 2012 that helped pay for new insulation for the parsonage. Siding work to the front of the building was completed the next year.
He praised the efforts of JJ & A owner Gerry Bouthillette, who climbed the scaffolding to perform the necessary work during the grueling winter.
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