Rooflines of narthex, covered entry take shape
Construction crews took advantage of mild weather at the end of the summer and made significant progress on the St. Joseph Church renovations.
The new narthex facing Johnson Drive has been framed and walls are being constructed. On the east side of the narthex, the covered entry/drop-off area has also been framed and entry doors are being installed.
This new Church entry will allow people needing assistance to be dropped off under a covered area and enter the Church narthex area without any steps.
Additional work is being done simultaneously at the Parish Center, as the elevator and new windows are being installed.
During the summer, much of the interior work at the Parish Center was done to accommodate the new elevator. Access to the building was rerouted so that parish business and ministry activities could continue.
In the next month, exterior building activities will move at a brisk pace, weather permitting.
A treasured find beneath the Church
During the excavation activities in preparation for the narthex construction, crews found a time capsule with artifacts from 1967 when the Church was being built. Contents of the time capsule, in a metal box enclosed in a concrete block engraved with the name of the Church, included a newspaper announcing the building of the Church, drawings of the new Church, and other artifacts. Some had been affected by moisture, but most were readable. These items are now being stored safely to return to the renovated Church upon completion.