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Church construction to be finished by fall

A construction crew worked on the roof of First Congregational United Church of Christ this week, and poured cement in the basement. The church is using Derrick Construction Company as its general contractor.

Construction workers at First Congregational United Church of Christ have been answering questions about the ongoing construction at the church for children and passers-by.

First Congregational Church's Pastor Chris Myers said the workers are patient, fun and respectful when explaining construction work to kids.

"It's nice to see them," said Myers.

The children of the church have had an avid interest since seeing the excavator help demolish the old fellowship hall, Myers said.

Although it was hard for some of the older church members to see the old fellowship hall go down, it has been nice, Myers said, to see the new building taking shape.

The construction has caused some juggling of space. The church offices moved into the Sunday school rooms and vacation Bible school is being held at the Methodist church.

"It's like taking a whole house and stuffing all of the stuff into half the building," said Myers. "It's a little cramped but we seem to be making do."

Lu Lueck, parish coordinator, said the renovations will give the church more space for wedding receptions, funerals, annual Thanksgiving meals, vacation Bible school and other activities. Handicap accessibility will also be improved.

Sunday services are continuing as normal, with the sanctuary space being the just about the only space that isn't being touched, said Lueck.

Myers said he and his congregation are excited to see what the new space will look like.

First Congregational Church hopes to have the new space open by October, and fully completed by November. It is working with Derrick Construction to complete the project.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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