TICONDEROGA - Time and the elements can take a toll on a building - even a church.
Such was the case for the Ticonderoga Assembly of God at 28 Water St., Ticonderoga, but no longer.
The church has been completely renovated.
The project will be dedicated Sunday, July 12, starting at 10:45 a.m. The general public is welcome to share in the celebration. A light fair picnic lunch will follow.
The Ti Assembly was founded in 1953, originally as a summer chapel but evolved into a year-round church with the growth of the area. It has endured fluctuations in membership, changes in pastors and the continued decline of the church building.
In 1999 with only a few faithful members left, Paster Nelson Waters came out of retirement and began to rehabilitate the church and breath new life into the assembly.
Waters continued to revive the church until he returned to retirement in 2003.
Pastor Eric Stokesberry has assumed that role. He is a 1996 graduate of Zion Bible College, with a baccalaureate degree in pastoral studies.
Stokesberry came to Ticonderoga in 2004 with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter. The Stokesberrys now have three children.
During his first year at the Ti Assembly of God, Stokesberry was officially voted in as pastor as he guided the Assembly to adopt articles of incorporation, constitution, and by-laws and formally vote an official board into action.
Although the Assembly was becoming more sound and evolving into a more consistent, functioning group, the church structure was still in need of repair.
"Due to the number of concerns the building had, we felt we needed to either relocate or renovate the church," Stokesberry said.
In February of 2009 during the annual business meeting the membership decided to table the decision to renovate the church.
"Shortly after the decision was made, God provided the means to renovate the building, it was a true miracle," Stokesberry said.
The building has been renovated from the ground up. When workmen started to investigate the foundation of the fellowship wing, they discovered a flood of standing water in the approximate six inch space between the floor and the ground below. Further excavating around the foundation led to the discovery of a weakness in the foundation causing the north wall to bow outward, thus the foundation was reinforced and proper drainage system installed.
The once faded and weather worn front doors have been removed and a new one installed, the siding replaced, the low tiled ceiling of the sanctuary has been removed and replaced with a vaulted tongue and groove knotty pine paneling. The new carpet throughout the building connects the different areas.
Church attendees can now enjoy the comforts of new rest rooms. The nursery has been hard wired with a flat screen TV monitor for parents and infants to enjoy the services. The fellowship wing was graced with new windows and all the walls and trim were repaired and painted.
A new sign greets people and informs the public of events and meetings at the church. The new steeple is soon to arrive, along with a new parking lot.
The renovated and revived Ticonderoga Assembly of God, with its worship team, offers Sunday services at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday night Bible study at 6 p.m., Thursday night prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. and a Sunday school program and children's church.
The church services emphasize full gospel teachings and freedom of worship. The church membership and attendees has increased and now holds steady at approximately 30 people.
"We invite the public to our official building dedication on Sunday, July 12, at 10:45 a.m. Come rejoice with us and see what the Lord has done," Stokesberry said.
For more information contact Stokesberry at 585-3554.