St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will be hosting a community-wide celebration and dedication on Sunday, October 22nd to mark the completion of the first two phases of the Jamestown church’s capital project.
The event will begin with a festive evensong at 4pm, including a special blessing of the newly refurbished fellowship space. A celebratory reception and ribbon-cutting will follow the service, featuring refreshments by Planet Earth Catering and an exclusive chance to sample the offerings of Jamestown Brewing Company, which will open its own new space in the city sometime next year.
The church’s ambitious renovation and remodeling project began three years ago, with the repair and restoration of the then 120-year-old bell tower, which was extensively damaged by an electrical storm in 2013. After the successful completion of that project, The Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s was compelled to lead his parish and local community to begin a campaign to raise over 1 million dollars to refurbish, preserve and protect the 1892 historic structure and surrounding property.
The first two phases of the project included the installation of a more accessible parking area, handicapped accessible bathrooms on both floors, repair and realignment of exterior walls and windows and the complete renovation of the basement “undercroft” into a bright and open space intended to host both church and community events.
“This reception is a small way for us to offer thanks to all of the many people and organizations who helped this dream to become a reality.” says Fodor. “We are very excited to invite everyone to come and see what we have done with the place! St. Luke’s location in the center of the city makes it the perfect venue for people to gather together. Our intention was to create a space in the downtown area that was beautiful, modern, and welcoming. We have a long history of civic involvement here, and now we have an incredible new space to share with folks who are looking for a central location for meetings and events.”
St. Luke’s has been working with an Historic Preservation Architect to complete the third and final phase of the project, which will include the restoration of the church’s stonework and repair of the aging bell tower timbers. The church has been awarded a $45,000 matching funds grant by the New York State Landmark Conservancy Sacred Sites Program to assist with the funding of this portion of the work.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown, NY (Corner of Fourth and Main) The Festive Evensong and reception are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are requested so that organizers can determine how many people to expect. For more information about St. Luke’s Capital Campaign or the church’s many programs and services, please visit their website at www.stlukejamestown.org or contact the church office at 716-483-6405.