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Darien's Noroton Presbyterian Church Celebrates Renovations

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for NPC's Rededication. Participating: Jean Ann Bolman (Building Committee Vice Chair), Maude Pettus (oldest member at 101), Anna Keehlwetter (best Sunday school 1st grade attendance) and Senior Pastor Sam Schreiner. Photo Credit: Carol Wilder-Tamme
Keys presentation: Keys (in box) Jean Ann Bollman (Building Committee Chair) and General Contractor Gus Pappajohn Photo Credit: Carol Wilder-Tamme
Crowd gathered in new skylight Photo Credit: Carol Wilder-Tamme
Pastor Sam Schreiner Photo Credit: Carol Wilder-Tamme

DARIEN, Conn. -- Members of Noroton Presbyterian Church, building partners and mission partners came together to rededicate the churhc's extensively renovated building complex in Darien as part of the church’s “Foundations of the Future” campaign.

Greeting members and friends on Sunday, Sept. 20, were strains of bagpipes, evoking the Scottish heritage of Presbyterian church. Keys were given to the congregation by architect Dennis Kowal and general contractor Gus Papajohn.

The ribbon cutting for the new building was performed by the oldest member of the church, Maude Pettis, who is 101 years old; one of the congregation’s most active children, Anna Keehlwetter, who is 6; Building Committee Vice Chair Jean Ann Bollman; and Senior Pastor Sam Schreiner.

"We were blessed to have faithful members build our church in the 1950s, and it served us well through the 20th century," Schreiner said. "Now we are pleased to perform this extensive renovation to serve the church and community well into the 21st century."

During construction, 3,000 square feet of old space was demolished and 14,000 square feet of new space on two levels slowly took shape at the center of the church complex.

The “Foundations for the Future” campaign kicked off May 2014 to provide new and renovated fellowship, meeting, performance, office space, improved ADA compliance and higher level security for children in the Nursery School and child care areas.

As a follow-up to the festive rededication, there will be Fifty Days of Community Events, including a Skylight Chamber Music Concert on Oct 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30 from 4:3 to -6:30 p.m. and a couple’s date night of Map to Landscape of Love, featuring George Faller, a nationally known speaker on the subject of the languages of love.

Visitors are welcome to tour the renovations 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Noroton Presbyterian Church is located at 2011 Post Road, Darien. Visit its website for more details on upcoming events and to register: www.norotonchurch.org .

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