Monday, October 17, 2016

1st Baptist Sets Fundraisers to Pay for Steeple Work

Photos by Evan Brandt
AFTER: First Baptist Church, at the corner of King and North Charlotte Street, no longer sports a bell tower on its northwest corner.

Work to remove the crumbing bell tower at King and North Charlotte streets in Pottstown appears to be largely completed.

BEFORE: Work begins to disassemble
the bell tower at First Baptist Church.
But although the potential for physical damage has been largely removed, the financial damage remains.

To secure the new roof and pay the contractors, the church must more than $250,000.

The problems began in April when a stone fell off the tower and crashed through the front steps. Although no one was hurt, it began a chain of events which has led to an inconvenience for drivers on King and North Charlotte streets, and a financial burden for the church.

Towards that end, the church has scheduled two fundraiser in the next two months to cover costs.

The first will be this coming Sunday, Oct. 23 at p.m. when a concert and spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held at the church

Cost for tickets is $15.

The second fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Pottstown High School. It will be a concert basket raffle and another silent auction.

Performers will be the Boyertown Alumni Band, the Boyertown Area Choral Association, several Pottstown School District musical groups, the Coventry Singers, Maggie Riker, Dave Heffner, Myra Forrest and Teri Hoffman.

Tickets are available at the First Baptist office by calling Doris at 610-326-2273.

The church has also established a "gofundme" page accessible at

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