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Newton's Greek Evangelical Church of Boston in need of repairs

Posted by Laura Franzini  December 5, 2012 06:31 PM

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Scaffolding is seen around the Greek Evangelical Church of Boston's bell tower, which is in need of repairs after suffering years of extensive snow and ice damage.

The leaders of the Greek Evangelical Church of Boston are looking within to fund a series of projects to repair their more than 100-year-old Newton building.

According to Rev. Emmanouilidis Kostas, who has served the church since 2004, the bell tower, roof, chimney, and parking lot are all in need of repair, though the tower is the primary focus.

"The big investment, the biggest part of the money, goes to the bell tower," he said, which needs immediate attention after suffering years of extensive snow and ice damage. Kostas said the total cost of the project is estimated at $300,000.

To fund the repairs, the leaders are looking first to their congregation. Kostas said he and four church elders will present the plan to the congregation on Sunday, Dec. 9, and ask for donation pledges and promises.

"It's a very touching issue, so we'll try to do it ourselves...and see how much people can give us," Kostas said, adding that the congregation, who bought the building from the First Church of Newton in 1972, are very attached to it.

Kostas said the leaders will evaluate other funding options once the congregation has responded. They hope to begin construction on the bell tower as soon as possible, and continue with the rest of the project in the spring, he said.

The church was founded in 1963 by a group of Greek Evangelical immigrants, and was officially incorporated as the Greek Evangelical Church of Boston a year later.

After moving into their current building on Centre Street in Newton, the congregation built an addition above the chapel to add classrooms and two apartments for Greek seminary students studying in the United States.

In 2001, the parsonage was completed beside the church building on Bowen Street. Kostas said the newer attachments are in good shape, but the main building, which is almost 110 years old, is showing its age.

"It's a continuous project; it never ends," he said.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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