Historic church undergoes renovation

Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Norge, is undergoing a $100,000 renovation. While the church's origins and founding were some 119 years ago, the building's age is nearing 113 years.

The work on the historic church includes removing the old pine wood flooring to get to and abate the asbestos around some HVAC ducting. Following the asbestos work, a plywood subfloor will be installed. Then, the interior will be painted. After the paintwork, the hardwood floor will be placed over the subfloor. Carpet will be laid in the church's entranceway and along the aisles. On the church's exterior, the steeple will be painted, windows replaced, and the handicap ramp repaired and painted.

During the renovation, the congregation will worship in the Parish Hall for the next four to five weeks, beginning on Sunday, August 6.

"This is a huge undertaking for a small congregation," stated Pastor James P. Nickols. He continued, "We welcome donations to help us maintain this historic church for the Norge community." Donations may be sent to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, designated for the Capital Improvement Fund. Our Saviour's is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our Saviour's was established by 20 Norwegian and Danish Lutherans on December 15, 1898. The cost to build the church in 1904 was $2,100. The founders of the church also named the community Norge in 1904 when the Post Office opened. For more information about Our Saviour's Lutheran Church visit the website at www.oslcnorge.org.

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