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Christ Church Seeks Preservation Grant
Musical Evening At Franklin Presbyterian

Christ Church Seeks Preservation Grant

Parishioners of Christ Episcopal Church, Susquehanna, recently filed a grant application with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission ("PHMC"). The church made its application under the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. If awarded, the grant would require church parishioners to raise half the cost of repointing the exterior brickwork of Christ Church's Gothic Revival building, erected in 1899. In addition to Susquehanna Borough, several local, nonprofit organizations have agreed to send letters to the PHMC in support of the grant application.

A spokesperson for Christ Church has stated that parishioners view their church building, sited prominently on Main Street overlooking the Susquehanna commercial district, as a community resource. Repairing the building, the spokesperson said, would benefit the community in several ways. Among the benefits are a more appealing building for use by community groups, a complement to current revitalization initiatives in Susquehanna and creation of a new symbol of community pride. The spokesperson added that the condition of the building conveys a message about the spirit of the community and its hopes for the future. Christ Church parishioners believe that a restored building would send a message of pride, vigor and hope.

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Musical Evening At Franklin Presbyterian

Once again the "little white church on the hill" will fill the night with a joyful noise when on Saturday, May 22, at 7 PM, the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church presents A Musical Evening. Come to enjoy listening and yes, even participating in, this festive event. As in previous choir concerts, the audience will be invited to join in on the hymns and request favorites. The locally renowned "Franklin Hill Tabernacle Choir" has been hard at work preparing lively anthems of praise. Also spotlighted will be the Mountain Aire Brass at St. Paul’s, whose six members’ close harmony might well lift the roof of the 1866 church. The Lakeside Men’s Quintet, which has entertained for the past two or three hymn sings, will also add their talented voices to the evening.

A free-will offering will be taken for the new, not-quite-completed, Community Building. After the concert, stroll next door for refreshments, socializing and an opportunity to inspect how far this building has progressed.

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