Juniata church project a decades-long dream
JUNIATA — Bonnie Sittner is finally seeing the realization of a decades-long dream.
The 85-year-old Juniata resident has been a member of the Juniata United Methodist Church since her Sunday school days and has seen the church undergo numerous shifts in attendance, staff and appearance.
In the past 20 years or so, she and other key members of the church realized that their sanctuary and small fellowship areas, housed in the 141-year-old church at 610 N. Adams St., were not accommodating to all of God's people.
"I dreamed that the church would be accessible to people who couldn't get up and down the steps," Sittner said, referring to the stairway that provided the only access to the church's basement fellowship hall, kitchen, restrooms and Sunday school areas.
This summer, the congregation is celebrating the completion of a nearly 3,000-square-foot addition to the building that makes the building handicap-accessible and generally roomier for the congregation and community members who use the space.