Church leadership raising money for building repairs

"We try to keep monies aside that don't come out of our operating budget," explained Lake. "Every year, something needs to be done and we need to have the money to do it."

In addition to restoring the money in the reserve fund, a little more than $4,000 has been received to help cover the cost of future repairs and renovations. The money, said Lake, has come in mainly in the form of donations.

"We've had great support from our membership" said Lake, who noted only 220 members are in the church's congregation. "It really didn't take long for us to build back up our reserve fund."

However, the road ahead is one Lake said will likely take longer.

"We know it may come along slow," he said, "but I have faith in our community. They don't hesitate to help one another."

Lake hopes the support from the community will continue as the church readies itself to host a performance by Beartracks, an acoustic music trio consisting of Junior Barber, Tom Venne and Julie Venne Hogan. The concert, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, will begin at 7 p.m. The $10 cost of admission will benefit the Saranac United Methodist Church Renovation Fund.

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