The officers, trustees, pew owners and our congregation are all dedicated to preserving the beauty and functionality of the Stark Union Church.
Over the years there have been many projects to maintain and repair the church. Some of the most notable were the repairs the foundation and the roof rafters that were completed in the early 1980s, new cedar shingles installed on the roof in the early 2000s and the repairs to the belfry that were completed in 2012.
Bob Kidder took on the task of rebuilding the foundation of the church which had sunk in several places. He did this by jacking up the building with forty or so jacks and digging out the granite slabs that had shifted, pouring and reinforcing new footers and then replacing the granite the foundation.
In 2012, we asked Andre Garrand to look at the windows to see if he could repair them since many of the panes had leaks around them from the mullions being deteriorated with age. Andre took on the job of rebuilding and replacing the wooden frames and installing new glass where needed with the majority of the funding coming from a donation from Mr. Kauffmann. Today the windows are as good as new while still following their original design.
There have been many people and organizations that have helped us along the way with either materials, labor, money and expertise but some of the most notable were the contributions from the Stark Improvement Fund, the Tillotson Fund and John Kauffmann.
We are currently investigating a failing roof truss that has caused the church ceiling to drop down. Out of an abundance of caution, services in the church have been suspended until repairs can be completed. If you would like to learn more about this effort, please click on the link below.