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Congregation announces plans to rebuild

May 21, 2019 1:00 pm
Peter Flierl is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Canaan Congregational Church has unveiled its plans for a new building, to be built on the site of the Little Red Church, which was destroyed by fire in 2017. The building, located at the corner of state Route 295 and county Route 5, was a landmark that served the community for 190 years. The Rev. Dr. Charles Close, the church's pastor, and Victoria Kosakowski, church moderator worked with the congregation on the question of how best to proceed. In May 2018, the church membership voted to demolish the burned-out hulk and rebuild. Close said the bulk of the funding for a new church is coming from insurance. He added that there will be some fundraising this year, perhaps for both extras and necessities, but a full-scale, multi-year capital campaign will not be required. The new church will sit on a slab foundation with a design intended to make congregants feel both comfortable and engaged, Flierl writes. The space will not have traditional pews and it will be used for a variety of community purposes going forward. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.