Port Angeles Purchases Church Building
The Port Angeles (Wash.) Church purchased a vacant church in September 2011 from the First Church of Christ Scientist. The building includes a larger sanctuary, fellowship hall and parking area but lacks classrooms, handicapped restrooms, kitchen and baptistery.
Committees have been actively working with the congregation's ideas for an addition and remodeling to meet the church's needs. Fundraising plans are also being made.
The fellowship hall in the new building is already being used for a Financial Peace University seminar, a weekly needlework social, and some committee meetings. The first official all-church activity in the new building was a Christmas program that followed Ingathering and caroling. The new building is much more visible to the public on a main Port Angeles thoroughfare.
The original part of the present Port Angeles Church was built sometime in the early 1900s. Willard Johnson, an engineer on the railroad that connected Port Townsend, Wash., with Port Angeles and who also supported the nearby Sequim (Wash.) Church, was one of the main influences in this project. Over the years, several additions were made, including a separate Dorcas building (connected to the main church building later). At one time a church school operated in the building.