OSWEGO, NY – For more than 150 years Grace Lutheran Church in Oswego has been much more than a place of worship. Its spacious halls have hosted countless parish and community events. From craft shows and bake sales to dinners and parties.
Having recently concluded an extensive remodeling project Grace Lutheran Church has been literally refurbished from top to bottom.
The church’s steeple and bell tower, a fixture of the Oswego’s eastside skyline, received a complete make over as did the exterior doors and trim and the church’s interior.
President of the Grace Lutheran Parish Council John Zanewych explained that while the extensive exterior improvements have made the church more esthetically pleasing, it’s the remodeling of the church’s interior that will have the most impact on the parishioners as well as the community.
“We have completely remodeled our basement and made a 150-year-old unusable basement into a 1,836 square foot functional hall that can be used for a variety of purposes,” said Zanewych. “Additionally our upstairs hall, which is 2,064 square foot and can accommodate 242 people, is equipped with a full kitchen and has a seating capacity of 113 people. The room also features a 258 square foot stage. We recently hosted a craft fair and our parishioners are excited about hosting future events not only for our parish but community member as well.”
Zanewych said that the halls are available for community use and can be rented on a daily or longer basis.
“If individuals or organizations are looking for space for their events we are willing to work with them. Our parishioners are closely connected to the community. We have hosted food and clothing distributions, assisted with cooking and serving meals at the Salvation Army, and helped to sponsor the annual Blessings in a Back Pack project that provides school age children in need with a back pack filled with food. Sharing our space and making our halls available is another way in which we can connect with the community in a positive way and invite community members to come in and see this magnificent structure,” said Zanewych.
Located at 201 E. Sixth St., Grace Lutheran Church offers services Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
For more information on Grace Lutheran Church or the availability of its halls, visit www.gracelutheranoswegony.com and follow them on Facebook.