LARGO Ė The congregation will celebrate the completion of repairs on its sanctuary on Sunday, Nov. 25, 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., at Lake Palms Community Church, 380 Fulton Drive SE.
Nearly two years ago, members of Lake Palms Community Church were given the news that they would no longer be able to use their sanctuary. They were told that it was not safe to have people in the space.
This bad news came as the result of a deeper investigation into a crack in the ceiling that kept getting larger. An engineer examined the roof and the rafters and found that every rafter from front to back was split. Given the nature of the damage, he believed that a very strong wind had lifted the roof enough to put stress on the rafters. The result was serious damage that only worsened over time.
Over these past two years, the congregation held its regular worship activities in a fellowship room and saved money to repair the building. In addition, the church sought outside help to underwrite the expenses. The shingles have been replaced on the sanctuary roof, and repairs have been completed to the rafters and ceiling. The church also had new carpet installed and new window treatments added. The walls also have been repainted, and the church updated some of its technology and replaced old pews with new chairs.