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New Kensington church needs more funding for major roof repair project

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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Logan's Ferry Presbyterian Church has raised 70 percent of the cost of repairing the roof over the sanctuary.

A roof leak that likely began about 30 years ago in the cement and tile roof caused a portion of a roof truss in the rear of the sanctuary to rot away.

The truss separated from the wall, causing a second truss to crack. The walls on both sides of the sanctuary warped outward because of the lack of structural support.

It will cost about $250,000 to remove a portion of the ceiling, repair the damaged trusses and pull the walls back to where they belong.

Since May, the church, located in the Parnassus section of New Kensington, has raised $175,000 for the project through a grant from the Ira and Francis Wood Foundation and community and resident donations.

“I wish it were going better,” said the Rev. Bob Henry, pastor at Logan's Ferry.

But they still intend to start construction in April.

“We're stepping out in faith,” he said.

For now, the sanctuary roof is stabilized with supports in the basement that rise up to support the main beam.

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