Church Pews For Two Churches
By Stephen Bitsoli
Macomb Daily Staff Writer
Macomb Daily photo by Craig Gaffield
Tom Halliday with the pews that First Presbyterian Church of Mount Clemens will donate to Martin Chapel AME in Clinton Township. The pews are being replaced as part of a $165,000 renovation project.
First Presbyterian Church of Mount Clemens is undergoing a $165,000 renovation, including the installation of new pews. The church will donate the old pews to nearby Martin Chapel AME Zion Church in Clinton Township.
Tom Halliday of First Presbyterian's Building and Properties Committee said the old pews are in good shape and were recently recovered, but the renovation plan calls for the installation of longer pews, set at an angle. The church members wanted to donate the pews to another church, but couldn't find one.
"We'd searched and searched," Halliday said.
Then Halliday mentioned it to one of the contractors, and he put them in touch with Martin Chapel, an African Methodist Episcopal Church.
"We've been renovating our church," George Lewis, chairman of Martin Chapel's trustee board, explained, and gratefully accepted the gift. "We're just getting up on our feet (through) donations like this."
Martin Chapel has set up a learning center on its lower level to help young people with school and job skills. "They seem real excited," Lewis said.
There are 34 pews, each 13 feet long, Halliday said. They will be removed by volunteers and delivered to Martin Chapel.
The entire renovation has been funded by church members. New lights have already been installed. New porcelain tiles will be added next week before the arrival and installation of the new pews from BCF Woodworking in Portland, Ind.
The First Presbyterian Church building was erected in 1955. In 1998, it underwent an $850,000 renovation. "It never ends," Halliday said.
First Presbyterian Church is located at 168 Cass Ave. in Mount Clemens. Martin Chapel AME is located at 1881 Clara St. in Clinton Township.
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