By Robert Countiss
ABINGDON, Va. (Aug. 9, 2016) -- For two months this summer, the congregation of Abingdon United Methodist Church was out of their sanctuary while it was undergoing significant restoration and repair.
The extensive work included removing and refinishing all pews; repair of plaster around the stained glass windows and the arch over the altar; removal of old steam radiators; new paint; new flooring; new lighting; and removal of the 1940s-era acoustical ceiling tile and replacing it with a new wooden surface which restored the original construction of 1883.
On July 31, there was a celebration and re-consecration of the sanctuary, including both sacraments, new members, participation by previous pastors and the Abingdon district superintendent, Rev. Sandra Johnson. This busy week also saw the sanctuary used for a funeral and a wedding.
One highlight was the baptism of Lacey Frazier Williams, the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the Rev. J. Tyler Frazier, Abingdon District Presiding Elder, as the original structure of Abingdon UMC was completed.
The Rev. Robert Countiss is senior pastor at Abingdon UMC.