The cross on the church that burned 88 years after it was built was somehow spared of the flames and it has been placed again atop the new structure, he said. The construction firm of Eric and Eric is serving as general contractors for the new building.
The first church building of the Christ Church congregation also burned 88 years after it was built, Watson said.
Watson said more than 200 individuals or groups donated money, furnishings and labor to rebuild the church.
The Schroon Lake Community Church donated an organ, Our Lady of Lourdes Church of Schroon Lake also made a considerable donation, pews were donated by an Episcopal church in Connecticut, and prayer books were donated by a church in New Hampshire. Donations were received from dozens of area churches including Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic congregations and various protestant churches from all over.
"We received donations from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii and all over the country - from people and groups of all different religions," he said. "It's amazing the response we've experienced - it's so heartwarming."
Watson added that the Christ Church parishioners now wish to share both appreciation and joy with their neighbors in Saturday's ceremony.
"With all the prayers and the donations we've received, we'd love to have everyone attend that can get here, to start off our new church," he said.