LIVERMORE – The Livermore United Methodist Church celebrated its 200th year in November of 2003 with a joyous celebration, but then parishioners decided to take a look forward as well.

Under the direction of the Leadership Team, a wish list was compiled of things which could be done to renovate the church building.

Included were painting the bell tower and steeple, preparing the chancel wall for new sheet rock and paint, modifying three doorways and the bathroom, painting the floors, pews and trim, redoing the walls, repairing water damage and installing a wall size oak cross.

Work has begun and a new water heater has been installed and some electrical work done. Ray Hamilton painted the bell tower and steeple and parishioners are now working on making the church truly wheelchair accessible by putting in the three doors.

Much of the actual labor is being done by parishioners, who are also raising funds to continue bringing the building into the 21st century. They estimate the entire project will cost $8,000 and work is now on hold until more funds can be raised.

In addition to the building shape-up effort, the church sponsors two scholarships at Livermore Falls High School. They are funded from food sales held throughout the year.

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