Churches to share in building Habitat house

Holy Trinity Church and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church first signed a covenant in 1976 to “establish dialogue for better understanding and to pursue joint efforts to help areas of need outside of our parishes,” according to a release from the churches.

On Aug. 9, the two religious communities took another step in the continuing relationship. Representatives of each church met at the North End Cafe to present a check to participants who will be building the fifth Habitat for Humanity house produced by both congregations.

The check for $42,000 raised by the two churches was presented to a committee of 16 from each, including Holy Trinity’s pastor, Father Mark Spalding, and retired Episcopal Bishop David Reed.

Now the two churches will get busy recruting volunteers to erect the house. According to Maureen Kingry, the Covenant Committee chair for Holy Trinity, a “raise the roof” and ground blessing ceremony will be held Oct. 19. “A dedication and home blessing — including handing over the keys when the house is completed — will be held probably in December,” she added.

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