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Roof-work shifts focus to steeple tower

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Good morning,

Work replacing the failing cedar shakes on the sanctuary roof with a durable metal roof now is largely complete. Roofers today and Tuesday shifted their focus to doing the same work on the steeple tower. That's a lot of intricate cut-work on the metal. I asked the guys this morning if this was more difficult. They're kind of a quiet squad of workers, but they admitted they've done it many times before.

Meanwhile, there's talk among church leaders of spiffing up the cross that sits atop the steeple tower, with sanding and paint. That work would necessitate a crane, most likely.

When you arrive and depart from the church today for Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 p.m., please keep in mind that you are walking through a construction-work area. Be careful, and the roofers know you are coming.

- Rachel Pritchett, office administrator

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Freezing snow on the ground and roof, and they're already at it

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Good Tuesday morning,

Thirty-three degrees, snow almost frozen to the ground and the roofers are arriving. Work will continue today on placing a metal roof on the sanctuary, to replace an aging shingle roof. The roofers work no matter the weather conditions. These past weeks, we've seen them work in driving rain, cold temperatures, high winds and, yes, even sunbreaks. But snow, that's a new one to the list. Pastor Paul makes them coffee and I am getting to know them, too. But they're all work, believe me.

The Bethany office will close around noon today, and we are open regular hours the rest of the week.

Remember that Ash Wednesday worship is Wednesday, with services at noon and 7 p.m. Many older members and community members prefer the noon service, because of the daylight and the Access buses. I will watch the Access buses during the noon worship so that your won't leave while you're here.

- Rachel Pritchett, office administrator

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