Renovations on the more than a century and a half old St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church could begin this fall after parishioners and others have pledged $500,000 toward a $2.6 million capital campaign.
“Two years ago we started looking at this and now we are definitely moving forward with the renovation,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Timothy Sadler. “We’ve started getting some money together and there are some preliminary plans in place.”
Located at 201 W. Louther St., in Carlisle, officials have sealed off some areas in and around the church and, Sadler said, the 1,200 parishioners who worship there have already stepped up to pledge more than $500,000.
The renovation will consist of two phases, each costing $1.3 million, Sadler said.
While one phase will include maintenance and the opening of a second level, where a long hidden stained glass window exists, the other phase will include the installation of an elevator.
“By the first week in August, we plan to give our parishioners tours of the entire building and further discuss the plans,” said Sadler, who came to the church seven years ago from Gettysburg.