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THE RESTORATION OF OUR GATHERING PLACE. PART 1: ROOF
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each person take care how they build upon it.”
- RSV 1 Corinthians 3:10
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee, WI is a gathering place for the devout since 1960. As with all homes, repairs and updates are an essential part of upkeep. St. John’s is committed to providing a safe and secure facility for our members and visitors to share God’s word and our faith together. We are in the process of multiple upkeep projects that we can’t wait to share with you!. The most recent that has been completed is the roof repair for the entire building.
Over many years of service, all of the roof sections have succumbed to the pressures of time; rot, deterioration, standing water, and a leaking chimney, all contributed to the need for repair. Dan Witlieff, a church member and volunteer, took most of the chimney down by himself to aid St. John’s in this update process. The remaining project was awarded to Josh Martin Roofing (https://www.joshmartinroofing.com/) under the supervision of our construction manager Frank Mox. We are blessed to have worked with Frank and Josh Martin Roofing.
The Narthex roof section was in particularly bad shape, and being next to the main entrance of the church, it was creating a crumbling interior with water spots and breaking ceiling plaster. The first roof over the narthex was authorized in November 2017 and the roof section was completed in December. The remaining roofing was approved in January 2018 and completed in April. With the roof repaired, St. John’s can now move forward with replacing the falling ceiling in the lower narthex. The church is now keeping out water, and keeping members and visitors safe during all types of weather our city experiences.
What did not deteriorate is our spirit and faith in the great works of our Lord and the demonstration of Love in Action. The Lord has provided us the tools and people to accomplish this project. With the help of grants, volunteers, and the community, the church is all buttoned up! St. John’s will continue to be a blessing to the community and neighborhood around us for years to come. All are welcome!