The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road is back in business again as doors opened after a series of renovations.
While a formal open house is slated for the month of August, summer time often finds families with a little more free time on their hands and perhaps looking for something new. Technically the church isn’t back in business, but back in the main sanctuary after holding services for quite some time in their Christian Education building as progress continued on the church.
This weekend, celebrating the five year mark in his Los Alamos ministry, Pastor David Elton might recall when he planned to head up to Los Alamos as his new congregation was evacuating the town. The celebration of this year of service is even more special with the additions to the church facilities. The project has allowed easier access in a variety of ways, while becoming more open and approachable to young families.
“We did a considerable amount of interior and exterior work on and around our sanctuary building,” Elton said. “We added a new entrance and renovated the reception area, the sanctuary now has a new hardwood floor and we also added new restroom facilities.”
Mich Rich Contractors of Albuquerque also were hard at work on the exterior, leveling the ground between the education building and sanctuary and adding a significantly larger parking lot behind the sanctuary off their Rose Street entrance. This is the second of several phases with the paving of the large parking lot next on the list and slated to take place in the very near future. The generosity of the congregation allowed for the completion of the first two phases with more work slated for the future.
“I’m proud of the fact that the church fulfilled their top priority in the completed work to make our facilities more accessible for everyone,” Elton said. “I particularly enjoy our newly renovated Fellowship Hall that is brighter, more welcoming and a wonderful place for folks to visit with each other.”
Elton is very grateful to the Canyoncito Montessori School staff and the parents of the school’s children for their support and patience. The kindness of neighbors at Chapel Apartments and residents of 2500 Central, are appreciated for their tolerance of the noise throughout construction.
To learn more about the United Church of Los Alamos, visit www.unitedchurchla.org or call 505.662.2971 to request information.