Church raising funds as it works to repair and preserve building

A Sheepshead Bay church that's considered iconic in the community is raising funds to restore and reinforce its building.

News 12 Staff

Jan 15, 2019, 12:23 AM

Updated 1,914 days ago

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A Sheepshead Bay church that's considered iconic in the community is raising funds to restore and reinforce its building.

The United Methodist Church dates back nearly 150 years. Renovations have been ongoing at the structure since September.

The previous pastor decided to pull down the church's towering steeples because of safety concerns back in 2011, but the community came together, asking to save the steeples and preserve the building. Then Superstorm Sandy struck in 2012, flooding the building and causing damage and decay.

It took years to raise the money needed to start repairs, and about seven years later, the small congregation had raised around $250,000 needed to begin the work. The repairs include replacing wood beams in the steeples with steel to make them sturdier, but Pastor Sharon Petgrave-Cundy tells News 12 that a lot more work needs to be done.

The church also wants to add a ramp for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, along with refurbishing the exterior.

The $250,000 raised amounts to less than half of what's needed to complete the work. The entire project is expected to cost around $482,000.

Petgrave-Cundy says it's a worthy endeavor not just for the congregants, but everyone who sees the building as an icon.

The church has started a GoFundMe page so that others can chip in. If all goes well, construction will be completed around springtime.


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