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Church serves election night supper in its 108th year

New handicapped-accessible addition's inaugural use set for Nov. 6
Nov 02, 2012
Photo by: West Chester United Methodist Church Congregation's capital campaign for $250,000 is successful and a new addition, including handicapped accessible entrance, restrooms and lift will be done in time for the Nov. 6 election night supper.

A new handicapped-accessible entrance to West Chester United Methodist Church will be done in time for the church’s election night supper on Tuesday, Nov. 6. This will be the 108th year for the church’s election night supper and chicken pie is on the menu.

The project isn’t merely a handicapped-accessible entrance, it is a $250,000 addition to the church. The addition will have a men’s and a women’s handicapped accessible restrooms, a new office for the pastor and a new office for the secretary. There is another room that will be a multi-purpose room and a kitchenette to serve a hospitality center. An elevator-type lift will take a person to the sanctuary and the basement.

During an interview Thursday afternoon, Pastor Marlene Janssen said that after the loss of the town’s post office and convenience store, the congregation is proud to have accomplished the capital campaign that makes the addition possible. She also said that the effort gained the support from many people who used to come to the church but who now live elsewhere.

Not only will the new addition serve the church, it will also serve as a meeting place for other occasions and events. Janssen said the church has never charged a fee for the use of the building, believing that the building is a ministry to the community.

According to a pamphlet, there was a Methodist church in the area before there was the town of West Chester.

A frame cabin church, known as Roberts Chapel, was built north and east of West Chester in about 1845. By 1874, three congregations came together and built a church on the current site at the cost of $1,800. In 1915, a larger church was needed, so the old building was sold and moved across the street where it served as a blacksmith shop and garage. It later burned down.

The addition is considered Phase 1 of the two-phase project. Phase 2 would convert the new multi-purpose room into a kitchen and an additional addition would be built to serve as a fellowship hall.

Yesterday Janssen said the addition is expected to be completed on Nov. 6 and that it is on time. She and the congregation invites everyone to  the Election Day meal and to help them celebrate the new addition.

 

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