Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 21, 2019
Deer Isle church to celebrate renovations, new addition
The Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church has a fresh new look following renovations that were completed this fall.
There is much excitement at the Deer Isle/Sunset Congregational Church. The extensive renovations of the fellowship hall and completion of a new addition are ready for use by the congregation and community, according to a news release from the church.
The project is a physical symbol of the congregation’s commitment to serve the wider community. The focus of the renovation is to provide a welcoming and comfortable space for the community to gather.
“We have accomplished this goal by creating a handicap accessible facility, brightening the fellowship hall and upgrading and expanding our kitchen,” the release states. “A new wheelchair-friendly lift improves handicap accessibility. The interior is more welcoming and is designed to serve a variety of community functions. For example, we are looking to partner with neighbors, such as the Town and Fire Department to provide assistance in emergencies and crises. The usual church suppers, activities and interest groups will no doubt enjoy the new facilities.”
The building is not all that’s new. The Rev. Vicki Reeser now serves as pastor. In September, she and her spouse, Kim, relocated to the island and are settling into their new home. She served as a parish pastor in three Lutheran congregations, and most recently, as a staff chaplain/manager of Spiritual Care at Geisinger Medical Center. She invites community members to come by and meet her and see the church’s new fellowship hall. You can contact her at 348-6602.
For the Christmas season, Gerald Wheeler will be acting as organist and choir director. He and his wife, Jean, live on Deer Isle where Jean runs the Inn at Ferry Landing.
Here on Deer Isle, the first Sunday of Advent is celebrated with a special ecumenical non-denominational service. This year it will be held at the Deer Isle Church on December 8, at 4 p.m. The service is a true cooperative effort of many island churches and members sharing musical selections and readings.