The current location of Living Word Lutheran Church came to the congregation as a blessing in 2014. Before moving into the building formerly owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Hill Top Drive in Cumberland, LWLC met regularly at the Woodmen of the World social hall on Virginia Avenue. With the new building came a large sanctuary, a nursery, offices, Sunday school classrooms, and a social hall. Church members have dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to the upkeep and maintenance of the building and contributed to funds that allowed for necessary capital improvements, such as the installation of a modesty rail at the front of the sanctuary, new gravel for the satellite parking lot, and a new sign and garden wall at the entrance.
The congregation of LWLC recently pooled nearly $5,000 to replace the aging roof that was in need of repair. Cumberland-based Grant Family Home Improvements was contracted to install the new metal roof that will last the church for decades to come.
In the near future, LWLC plans to rework the church entrance and install a handicap access ramp, increasing accessibility for our mobility-challenged congregants and visitors. A sound system upgrade is on the docket, too.
Matthew 18:20 tells us that where two or three are gathered in His holy name, there He is among us. Making necessary capital improvements comes at a price - but increasing the longevity and inviting nature of the church where we gather for worship is important.
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