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Photo via the Covenant Lutheran Church on GoFundMe
Photo via the Covenant Lutheran Church on GoFundMe
The steeple of the Covenant Lutheran Church, which is in need of heating system repairs.

In the midst of winter’s coldest months, a Ridgewood church that has served the community for more than 100 years has a broken heating system, and it needs help raising money for a new one.

Covenant Lutheran Church on the corner of Catalpa Avenue and 60th Lane launched a GoFundMe campaign on Jan. 26 in an attempt to spread the word that it has no heat. According to Reverend Michael Ross, pastor at the church for the last 33 years, some of the younger parishioners came to him with the idea of starting the campaign.

Ross said that the 30-year-old boiler inside the church died and could not be repaired, and the chimney must also be re-lined. The large church seats 200 people in the sanctuary alone and has two parish halls, Ross said, but the cold has not stopped the parish from worshiping.

“For the past two or three weeks, we’ve worshiped in a parish hall with coats on because it’s a little bit warmer in there,” Ross said. “As the pastor, I can say it’s hard to consecrate with gloves on.”

So far the GoFundMe page has raised $1,745 in four days, but separate contributions in the form of checks brought to the church have allowed them to come very close to their $24,500 goal.

The contributions have been enough to get the work started, Ross said, with the old boiler being removed last week and the installation of the new one beginning this week.

Founded in 1910, the Covenant Lutheran church supports various community youth groups, all age groups of Girl Scouts, three meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous a week and more.

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