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Newton church raising money for repairs

Work has started on the Centre Street church’s bell tower.

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Work has started on the Centre Street church’s bell tower.

The leaders of the Greek Evangelical Church of Boston are looking within to fund a series of projects to repair their more than 100-year-old building in Newton Centre .

The bell tower, roof, chimney, and parking lot are all in need of repair, though the tower is the primary focus, said the Rev. Emmanouilidis Kostas, who has served the church since 2004.  

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“The big investment, the biggest part of the money, goes to the bell tower,” which needs immediate attention after suffering years of extensive snow and ice damage, he said. The total cost of the projects is estimated at $800,000, Kostas said.

To fund the repairs, the church’s leaders are looking first to the congregation. Kostas said he and four church elders will present the plan to the congregation on Sunday and ask for donation pledges.

“It’s a very touching issue, so we’ll try to do it ourselves . . . and see how much people can give us,” Kostas said, adding that the congregation, which bought the property from the First Church of Newton in 1972, is very attached to the building.

Kostas said the leaders will evaluate other funding options once the congregation has responded. Repair work on the bell tower has already started, and the church leaders hope to continue with the rest of the project in the spring, he said.  

The congregation was founded in 1963 by a group of Greek Evangelical immigrants, and was officially incorporated as the Greek Evangelical Church of Boston a year later.

‘The big investment, the biggest part of the money, goes to the bell tower.’

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After moving into the building on Centre Street , the congregation built an addition above the chapel to provide classrooms, and two apartments for Greek seminary students studying in the United States.  

In 2001, the parsonage was completed beside the church building on Bowen Street. Kostas said the newer attachments are in good shape, but the main building, which is around 105 years old, is showing its age.

“It’s a continuous project,” he said. “It never ends.” 

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at LauraFranzini.
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