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Making Emmanuel Church Accessible for All

Making Emmanuel Church Accessible for All

Exciting plans are underway for a major restoration of our beautiful and historic Church, including making the Church accessible to those persons with disabilities.  A summary of this work may be found below, along with our fundraising goals. We hope you share in our excitement about this project. If you want to contribute, you may do so either by mailing a check made payable to “Emmanuel Church” to Emmanuel Church, Restoration Campaign, P.O. Box 705, Manchester, MA 01944, or if you would like to donate online via our secure payment system, please click here.

A Summary of the Project and our Campaign

This restoration will entail refinishing the floors, repairing the plaster, restoring one of our beautiful stained glass windows, installing additional lighting, painting the interior, and most important of all, providing an additional means of access for those with disabilities. This project represents the culmination of several years of effort as we have considered a variety of options for making our services accessible to all. Many of you have seen the design of the new entrance on the poster boards that have been displayed after selected services, which can be seen here. We believe that this approach will preserve, and indeed enhance, our Church’s original beauty while enabling us to welcome to our worship services those with disabilities. In addition to the restoration of our Church, we are making some essential repairs to our parsonage, including replacing the roof.

The total cost of the restoration of the Church and the repair of the parsonage will be $300,000. We are pleased to report that before we even commenced the Restoration Campaign, we received generous commitments of $35,000 from faithful friends of Emmanuel. We are also extremely thankful that a generous donor has committed to match any money raised, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. Thus, after giving effect to the matching gift, we have already raised $70,000, with an additional $65,000 available to match future donations. Much of the restoration work will begin after our Christmas service and most interior work will be completed by Easter. Accordingly, our goal is to complete our Campaign by April 30, 2017.

As we prepare ourselves during this beautiful Advent season to remember the birth of the infant Jesus, Luther has encouraged us to reflect on how Christ is coming into our lives. How is Christ encouraging us to use our gifts, talents and treasure to help Him reveal God’s kingdom? Wonderful things are happening at Emmanuel Church. Please consider contributing to our Restoration Campaign so that we can restore and preserve our beautiful Church, and ensure access to all who wish to join us in worship. Council member Jim Westra has graciously agreed to chair this Restoration Campaign and he is available to provide additional information or answer questions. Jim can be reached at 617-257-4205 or jim.westra@icloud.com.

 

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