The mortgage helped pay for the
Papers from the mortgage were burned in a metal patio fire pit filled with sand at the end of Sunday's two worship services.
After the fire, church members took two years to plan what should be built to support the congregation's mission. Community outreach has always been an integral component of the church's ministry.
Holy Trinity is the site where Ephrata's
The new gymnasium/multipurpose room allowed adding a free, twice weekly after-school program plus a one-week summer camp for elementary-age children.
Community meals, which can attract 150 people or more, are hosted on a rotating basis with other local congregations in the gymnasium.
The addition also allowed the congregation to begin an annual free Octoberfest celebration with food, music and children's entertainment.
He praised the membership's commitment to the project and challenged members to ask themselves what other ministries should be started.