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Wayne Post
  • Marion Church dedicates new facility during celebration

  • The congregation of the Second Reformed Church of Marion dedicated their new multipurpose facility during a special celebration on Sunday, June 23.

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  • The congregation of the Second Reformed Church of Marion dedicated their new multipurpose facility during a special celebration on Sunday, June 23.
    An “enormous noise” had parishioners racing to the window of the Second Reformed Church, located at at 3757 Mill St., one early February evening in 2011 when a roof collapsed, apparently giving way under the weight of wet snow and ice. The 50x75-foot roof covered a gymnasium that was housed in a building behind the church. Just minutes before the collapse, children had been playing in the gym. Fortunately no one was injured in the incident.
    The main part of that building was constructed in the 1940s and used to be a storage building for Seneca Foods, until the church purchased it, but the gymnasium portion was added on much later. Having a separate roof, the church remained unscathed, but the collapsed building had to be closed until further notice.
    Last July, the church announced plans to move forward in the rebuilding of its new gymnasium and youth center. With a settlement from the insurance company and gifts from various individuals, the congregation was able to begin the rebuilding process.
    It’s been a little over two years since the collapse, but Sunday the facility opened for the first time to the public. The celebration included speakers Assemblyman Robert Oaks and Wes Aarum, who is the founder of the Circle C Ranch in Delevan, N.Y., a Christian camp for young people. The congregation invited several special guests to join in the dedication. Following the service, everyone enjoyed a hearty meal cooked on the grill.
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